There are six types of face shapes: oval, square, round, heart-shaped, oblong and diamond-shaped. As a bridal make up artist in Manchester I believe it’s important to look at every brides face shape before starting a bridal make up trial. If you are a bride thinking of creating your own bridal make up on your wedding day, it’s worth thinking about how to apply your make up products using techniques that suit your face shape. If your not sure where to start, don’t panic I have put together some hints and tips and general guidelines.
Oval Shaped Face
If I’m creating a bridal make up look on a bride who has an oval face, I apply a slightly darker shade of foundation around the jaw line to make the face appear a little bit shorter. I also apply blusher under the apple of the cheekbones as apposed to the apples of the cheeks. Don’t over emphasis your eyebrows keep them natural and well groomed. An example of a celebrity with an oval face shape is Cameron Diaz.
Heart Shaped Face
Brides with heart shaped faces have wide foreheads, high cheekbones and narrow chins. An example of a celebrity with this face shape is Reese Witherspoon. With a heart-shaped face, eyebrows should be thick with a natural arch. This will help the forehead to appear a little bit thinner and balance out the face shape. Another tip that I use when creating bridal make up on this face shape is to apply a slightly lighter shade of foundation to the chin to extend the appearance. Like oval faces, the heart-shaped face has high cheekbones so it’s important that you avoid using a lot of blusher as this makes them more prominent.
Square Shaped Face
With a bride who has a square shaped face I make the jaw line appear more rounded for a softer look using a bronzer. Paris Hilton is an example of a celebrity who has a classic square-shaped face. To draw attention away from the jaw line I use a highlighter on the centre of the forehead, chin as well as on the cheek bones and temple. When designing bridal make up for this face shape I would round the eyebrows and use a bright shade of lipstick.
Round Shaped Face
Michelle Williams has a round face shape, when applying blusher to a bride who has a round shape face I’d elongate up to the temple and enhance the cheekbones using bronzer on the hollow part of the cheeks. This will give the appearance of a slimmer face and create the illusion of an oval face shape. As with any bridal make up blending is key, especially with this technique. Define your eyes with a softly smudged eyeliner rather than a precise line.
Oblong Shaped Face
When creating bridal make up for an oblong shaped face I would enhance the brides cheekbones and jaw line to widen the nose to make the face appear shorter and broader. I would use the same shade of foundation to the entire face then highlight the chin and cheekbones, avoiding using bronzer on the forehead. Finally it’s a good idea to lengthen your eyebrows using bow powder and take the eye shadow above your eye socket, blend as it gets closer to your eyebrows. Victoria Beckham has a oblong shaped face.
Diamond Shaped Face
A bride who has a diamond shaped face is very lucky as they have wide cheekbones and a slightly narrower jaw line and forehead. You don’t need many make up tips but as a bridal make up artist I would always contour around the cheekbones to reduce the width in this area. To enlarge the appearance of your forehead, your brows should be groomed slightly apart. Define your natural brow line stay away from trying to create a dramatic arch. This will help your eyes and your forehead appear a little wider. When applying your lip liner stick to your natural lip line, don’t widen your mouth, as it will make your chin look smaller. I’d recommend a matte lipstick in a neutral tone rather than a bright glossy lip color. Jennifer Lopez is an example of an actress who has a diamond shaped face.
Enjoy shopping for make up or your bridal trial and don’t forget to pamper your skin before your big day!