If you are planning on getting a new haircut it is worth finding out what face shape you have. Knowing your face shape is not likely to change your life but it could help you figure out which hairstyle will suit you. So, how do you do it?

The easiest way to find out your face shape is by using a mirror. You will need to be able to draw on the mirror so if possible use your own. Make sure you can draw on the mirror without leaning forward.

Scrape your hair out of your face and look directly into the mirror. Keep your head up and your back straight. Make sure there is lighting above you as this can affect the shape you draw.

Using a lipstick or a wipe clean marker pen, trace the shape of your face from the reflection in the mirror. Start underneath your chin and work upwards on one side past your cheekbones and up to the top of your forehead. Follow it all the way down to the other side of your chin. Stay as still as possible but don’t include your ears or your hair, just your face.

Step back and look at the shape you have drawn. What shape is your forehead and jaw? Is the outline tall or short? What is the widest part of your face?

Your face shape should fit into one of the following categories:

Heart shaped: Broad forehead strong cheekbones and a tiny chin.

Round: Circular shape with wide cheekbones and a thinner jaw and forehead.

Long/Oblong: Looks like a tall rectangle with rounded corners. Broad cheekbones, jaw and forehead.

Oval: Broad forehead with narrow cheekbones and slim jaw.

Triangular: Broad jaw and small forehead.

Square: Wide at all angles with strong cheekbones and a broad forehead.

Diamond: Cheekbones are much wider than chin and forehead.