Do you remember the days when only “short backrests and sides” were said in the barber chair and glasses with plastic or metal were offered? Well, as good as they were, those were the days when you had ears like dumbo and your glasses could serve as a replacement lid.
Today, every man who deserves his salt in the style department needs to understand the shape of his skull and how it affects what he can (and can't) pull off. John Lennon frames on a round face? Nope. Fade skin on a diamond? Think again.
If all of this makes as much sense as a vegan trip to Nandos, check out our fail-safe guide on how to measure yourself in the facial.
Step 1: The Right Tools
Sure, you probably have a tape measure that is whirling around somewhere, but good luck wrapping this rigid piece of metal around your head. To make things easier (and more accurate), arm yourself with a flexible tape measure, such as that used by a tailor.
Then grab a notebook and take the following measurements in front of a mirror and draw them as you go.
Step 2: Measure your forehead
To find out which face shape you have, you need to find out which parts are long, which are short or whether they really don't matter.
The forehead is a good place to start, so measure over the widest part – this is usually halfway between your eyebrows and your hairline.
Step 3: Measure Your Cheekbones
The width of your cheekbones is particularly important when you have a hairstyle want to select. If you misunderstand, features like your hearing can be drawn out.
Enhance your hearing by placing the tape over the sharpest part just below the outer corner of your eye.
Step 4: Measure your jaw line
Even if you are more like Jonah Hill than Henry Cavill , there is a jaw line somewhere.
Measure from the tip of your chin to under your ear at the point where your jaw bends upwards. Of course, you have a jaw on both sides of your face. Multiply this number by two to get the jaw length.
Step 5: Measure your face length
What is the difference between a rectangular and a square area? About two inches. This is not a joke, it is true.
To find out the length of your face, run the tape measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin. For follicularly challenged men with either a shaved or bald head, estimate the point where your hairline would be.
Determine your face shape
When you have these measurements, write down which is the largest of the four is because this is the giveaway. Compare your stats with the profiles below to determine which one best describes your face shape.
Oval: The length of the face is larger than the width of the cheekbones and the forehead is larger than the jaw. The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
Square: All measurements are pretty similar. The angle of the jaw is more sharp than rounded.
Rectangle / Oblong: The length of the face is the greatest measure. The forehead, cheekbones and jaws are of similar size.
Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than the forehead and jaw, which are also similar in size. The angle of the jaw is soft and much less pronounced.
Diamant: The length of the face is greatest. Then in descending order: cheekbones, forehead and the smallest jaw. The chin is pointed.
Heart: The forehead measures more than the cheekbones and jaw. The chin is pointed.
Triangular: The chin line is larger than the cheekbones, which are larger than the forehead.
Once you've figured out your face shape, you can start making more informed decisions about hairstyle and beard with sunglasses ,