the geometry of beauty

Let’s talk about face shapes.

The shape of your face drastically affects what you look like. Being one of the first things people see on meeting you, it is a major contributor to your first impressions on others. Modern beauty science has set well defined proportions to what the ideal face shape should be– the chin-to-vertex length should be 1.618 of the transverse length of widest part of the cheekbones and facial features should be in equal thirds when divided transversely. But is it really a hard and fast rule?

Here’s an existing range of face shapes– which one of it does yours belong to? 🙂

There are many derivatives of these basic few, which I find not worth mentioning because it becomes confusing.

Now let’s take a look at a few famous people and what their facial shapes are:

Jessica Alba has a perfect oval shaped face, which I’m also in love with. 🙂

Reese Witherspoon, the once American sweetheart, has a heart-shaped face.

Kirsten Dunst, famous for being Mary Jane in Spiderman, has a round shaped face.

Sandra Bullock (recently saw her in movies such as The Proposal and The Lake House) has a square face.

Bernice Liu, who won Miss Chinese Vancouver 2000 and Miss Chinese International 2001, has a rectangular face.

As we go down the list, we’ll find that it becomes more difficult to look great in photographs and choices of hairdo and frames also become more and more limited. This is why the conventional wisdom that the 瓜子脸 is the prettiest still stands true, since it looks great in anything as compared to the other facial shapes.

On the other hand, as we all can see from the above, whatever face shape you own, somebody was successful with it. Face shape is therefore not the one and only determinant of beauty, as long as it’s not this:

Bottom heavy faces (or triangular face shapes) are hard to be flattering indeed.

If you desire to improve your facial shape, there are some procedures you can do, short of remodelling the bone. Some of them include botox for the jaws or buccal fat removal. You can check it out here or here.

Whatever face shape you own, you can take pride in it. Do choose the correct hairstyle and shape of sunglasses to complement it. Facial features do a lot more to looking beautiful, and the most important component, in my humble opinion, is to have a flawless complexion.


About Tiffiny Yang 楊靜婷

Beauty Guru 美容医師 Beauty Queen & Model
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2 Responses to the geometry of beauty

  1. Shannon says:

    Hmm.. What would you recommend for someone with this face shape?

  2. tiffiny yang says:

    Hi Shannon,

    Which face shape are you referring to?

    If you are referring to the triangular or bottom heavy face, there are several things that can be done such as those suggested in this post’s links. Unfortunately I’m unable to link them again in this comment box!

    In a nutshell, one can consider botox to reshape the jaw muscles or fat removal via liposuction, buccal fat removal or even non invasive sculpting. More invasive surgery is required to reshape the jaw bone– that’s really drastic. Older people may need skin tightening and facial volume augmentation– the aim in these cases is to convert saggy, bottom heavy faces into the inverted triangular shape of youthful faces.

    Hope this answers your question! =)

    Best regards,

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