Face Shapes

Highlighting and contouring guide for your face shape! It really makes a difference!


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So after all this talk about these gosh darn face shapes you are probably feeling one of three ways:

1. Sick and tired of it. (I am sorry about that)
2. You are still completely lost on what yours is. (you’re not alone!)
3. You love this series. You not only know your face shape, you’re now addicted to assessing the shape of every random stranger and friend you come in contact with. (I hear ya)

To those in the sick and tired camp. Good news, this post is now closing this series! YAY!
To those who are still lost: I have tried and tried to think of a way to help you out the easiest, most effective way. Until I had perhaps the best idea of my entire life!
Why not put me and those other face shape lovers to work?

Here is what I propose: Pull your hair up in a pony and snap a centered selfie, post said selfie to instagram with the hashtag #spotmyshape
Then me and my army of 3’s (you guys will help me out, right?) will stop by and give our assessment. This is awesome because lots of people could easily spot someone else’s face shape but have a much harder time with themselves.
Let the instagramming begin!

Side note:
There is a fair amount of gray area here. Not many people fit perfectly into one category. For instance I think that I am somewhere between an oval and an oblong since my face is fairly thin, for the most part either HAC placement would work for me. The main point is not to get it down to a perfect science, it’s just to understand your basic shape and the general areas where you will place your HAC. Just looking at the placement on the faces that are similar to yours will hopefully help you understand it!



  • Lindsey

    25.11.2013 at 04:34 Reply

    This series has been amazing…you are wonderful!

  • Sabrina botelho

    25.11.2013 at 04:38 Reply

    Your amazing. And the instagram idea is brilliant

  • Susie

    25.11.2013 at 04:41 Reply

    I’m loving the series! Years ago, the way you could determine your face shape was to pull you hair back and look directly into your bathroom mirror. Then taking a bar of soap, trace your face. Step back to see your face shape.

  • Sandra

    25.11.2013 at 05:03 Reply

    I for one love this series and your blog!! I have been enjoying reading back through all of your posts. My problem is that I WAS an oblong face but due to an illness and medication (hate them!) I have gained weight. Would my face shape change? I feel more like a rectangle now, my cheeks and jaw line are wider from the weight gain. Is that possible?

  • Amanda

    25.11.2013 at 05:15 Reply

    perfect, i took passport photos today so i just uploaded them with the tag! 😉 i’ve always thought of myself as having a round face because it’s quite full (used to be fuller before i lost a bunch of weight), but i’m really pretty clueless.

  • Mhairi Taffs

    25.11.2013 at 05:15 Reply

    Really enjoyed these posts and have posted a pic to Instagram xx

  • Tammy

    25.11.2013 at 05:19 Reply

    Love this series. You’ve helped me so much in how to bring out areas of my face and how to detract from other areas. Now I just need to know how to deal with the folds along my nose and crepey hooded eyes. Your the best, Cara!! Thank you!!

  • Kelly

    25.11.2013 at 05:23 Reply

    Are we able to email you a picture with #spotmyface in the subject line?

    • amjens

      25.11.2013 at 05:58 Reply

      Would like to know if we could do this, too! I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t get instagram!

    • Cara

      25.11.2013 at 10:27 Reply


      • Kelly

        25.11.2013 at 10:31 Reply

        Done! Thanks so much, Cara! I can’t wait to see what your thoughts are on my shape.

      • Lulu

        25.11.2013 at 15:46 Reply

        I just sent mine, as well!

      • Stephanie

        26.11.2013 at 20:38 Reply

        How do I email you my selfie? I don’t instagram.

  • Betsi

    25.11.2013 at 05:25 Reply

    Please give us the update on ordering your make up!!

  • Morag Lee (@moadore)

    25.11.2013 at 06:26 Reply

    I think I’m somewhere between oblong and rectangle – but the areas I need to contour are near enough matching so I reckon I’m sorted! (and I reckon the hashtag idea if grand, I’ll join in once I get home from work).

  • Jessica T

    25.11.2013 at 07:32 Reply

    Posted!! Thanks so much for all your posts on shapes, I think I know what I am (thanks to your posts) but I posted to just to be sure!

  • Darla

    25.11.2013 at 08:21 Reply

    how do u blend the sides of the nose to get the line to disappear …. I draw the line on the side highlight the middle but it always looks like I drew a line

  • Lisa

    25.11.2013 at 08:30 Reply

    I would love to see you break down EYE shapes! I am totally lost on that! I posted my pic on Instagram (basschick8) for the face shape though :)

    • Rachelle

      25.11.2013 at 13:40 Reply

      I was thinking the exact same thing! I know how to do eyeshadow on my eyes because I’ve done it so many times, but I would love to see what tips and tricks there are for people with different shaped eyes rather than just making them seem closer together or farther apart.

      Also, great idea with the instagram hashtag! So helpful!

  • Anna

    25.11.2013 at 08:43 Reply

    Never tired or bored of these posts! I’ve always thought that when it comes to make-up or hair style, there’s more to face shape than the frontal view, I think the profile plays a role, too.

    • Jessica T

      25.11.2013 at 08:48 Reply

      I never thought of a profile playing a part in a hair style, good thinking!

  • Emerald Earrings

    25.11.2013 at 09:10 Reply

    Love this idea! I uploaded mine :)

  • Nicole

    25.11.2013 at 11:05 Reply

    I’m sure you hear this all the time, but thank you. thank you for being supportive, caring, kind and uplifting women. the way you make yourself accessible to your readers and respond to us (like the instagram hashtag) is awesome, thank you for all that you do!

  • Leigh Ann

    25.11.2013 at 11:30 Reply

    This is a great idea. Another tip I’ve used in the past is to trace your face on them mirror in lipstick, then step back & see what shape that tracing most closely resembles! (For those who don’t want to post a selfie.)

  • Suzann

    25.11.2013 at 11:33 Reply

    What an awesome series….I always wanted to know my face shape. Thanks for all your super-great tips! Keep up you’re work….you are such a talented lady!

  • Amy

    25.11.2013 at 12:18 Reply

    I don’t have an instagram :( help!

  • Kelly M

    25.11.2013 at 13:13 Reply

    I think I’m normally a pear but I’m pregnant so my new face shape is just plain puffy. Sigh.

  • Joni

    25.11.2013 at 16:41 Reply

    When can we order your make up, I’m so excited!!

  • Kelly

    25.11.2013 at 17:25 Reply

    I am number three, I loved this series!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Katy Burnett

    25.11.2013 at 17:37 Reply

    I have loved this series! When I first stumbled onto your site you convinced me to start HACing but it never seemed to look right. As soon as you posted my shape it was like magic! I finally understood it and felt like it looked good!

  • Glorya

    25.11.2013 at 17:41 Reply

    Hola Cara, you did a fabulous job outlining all the shapes of faces. Like other women, I am leaning to one shape and still a little uncertain. I would love to take advantage of your expertise. I do not have an smart phone, not do I know how to instagram. I can email. Can I send you my pic by email? Also let me know when you are coming out on Steve Harvey and in the NYTime. I live in NYCity. I will watch and pick up the issue. I have the Allure mag with you in it…I showed you off to some friends. I am disabled and not able to work right now so I am a tv’watcher. I am very happy for your blessings. Love Glorya

  • Shayna Prause

    25.11.2013 at 22:28 Reply

    Hey Cara! Great series & Instagram idea, now I’m completely addicted to trying to identify. Thanks for the new hobby, lol.

  • gingererin

    26.11.2013 at 01:08 Reply

    Cara, I just wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU for all that you do. I know it brings you joy to do it, but you help so many women, and the fact that you’ve been able to combine those two things makes you an absolute inspiration. I’m gonna sound like a total hipster by saying that I’ve been following you since the beginning (like, I FOUND HER FIRST, even though I’m very sure I wasn’t the absolute first person to ever follow your blog). I’ve always loved your tutorials and ideas, and am really excited that you’re finding so much success. So happy your dreams are coming true. Thank you for this series, it’s been awesome! I will for sure take a picture with my hair pulled back and post it on Instagram. Just needed to take a minute to say thank you, since you’re always doing things to help and make all of us feel so beautiful! <3

  • gingererin

    26.11.2013 at 01:24 Reply

    And, I think that I am a cross between an oblong and a heart. This series totally helped me determine that.

  • rachelochurch

    26.11.2013 at 10:22 Reply

    Hi Cara, thank you for your post! Amazing!!! i just posted a selfie on Instagram with the hashtag #spotmyshape. Will you please do your magic for me?? Thanks!!! <3

  • BrieR

    26.11.2013 at 10:45 Reply

    This so helpful! Thanks for taking the time to break all of this down!!!

  • Stephanie

    26.11.2013 at 20:35 Reply

    I don’t instagram. How can I still get help spotting my face shape?

  • Koko

    27.11.2013 at 04:05 Reply

    i’m somewhere between a round and a pear shape

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  • Lex Briscuso

    29.11.2013 at 21:54 Reply

    any chance i can still post a pic, or are you finished with the insta part of this? can’t tell my face shape!

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  • Erin

    03.12.2013 at 17:20 Reply

    What a fantastic post! Thank you so much; this is awesome!

  • Stephenie Huston

    03.12.2013 at 18:01 Reply

    wish I knew my face shape

  • Mona

    05.12.2013 at 13:22 Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this HAC series. I am a round and was just wondering what the difference between the “dots” in the other photo and just the coloring in the round photo. I’ve looked through the other posts and can’t find anything pertaining to it. Please let me know. Thanks

  • mikaleighlr

    06.12.2013 at 17:28 Reply

    Cara these are so helpful thank you so much!

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    18.12.2013 at 16:39 Reply

    Question, so if you have a round face do you not contour? That one does not have the dark dots like the others.

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      18.12.2013 at 16:42 Reply

      Oh, I see it is just shaded! Haha oops

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    01.01.2014 at 06:23 Reply

    Hey cara, what if u have a very thin face? I’m heart/oval but when I contour I end up looking skeleton-ish lol! Help please…..

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    25.02.2014 at 10:05 Reply

    Is it still open to post a picture and tag it?

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    29.03.2014 at 12:36 Reply

    Hey Cara, you mentioned once how you were going to do a tutorial for inverted triangle face shapes! Please don’t forget about us :)

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    08.04.2015 at 14:02 Reply

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    08.04.2015 at 15:34 Reply

    wow, I’ve never seen anything like this! Love it. Here’s my routine where I use a highlighting concealer and a darker foundation product to give a really natural contour/highlight. I think I fall into the oval category :)



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