How to Make a Pear-Shaped Face Appear More Oval

By Natalie O'Hara

Oval-shaped faces are often considered the "perfect" face shape, because they showcase balanced proportions and symmetry. Most people, however, are not naturally born with perfectly oval-shaped faces. Small changes in makeup and hairstyle can make your face look slimmer and more balanced. Pear-shaped faces are usually fuller in the jaw and narrower near the forehead, so creating the illusion of either a fuller upper face or a slimmer jaw, will help make such face look more oval.

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New makeup techniques, or a new haircut are relatively cheap ways to make your face appear more oval.

Hair

Step 1

Try side-swept bangs to bring the focus to the upper half of your face, and to make your forehead appear wider.

Step 2

If you don't like bangs, pushing your hair back at the forehead with a headband will expose your forehead and make it appear wider.

Step 3

Avoid cuts that have excessive waves or curls, as this overall volume can accentuate the width of the jaw.

Step 4

Consider styling your hair with more volume on top, to balance out the width of your jaw.

Step 5

Tuck either one or both sides of your hair behind your ears, as this will create an illusion of slimmer cheekbones.

Makeup

Step 1

Use bronzer at the jawline, to slim the jaw.

Step 2

Use a blush on your cheeks that matches your skin tone, to bring attention to the upper half of your face and to your cheekbones.

Step 3

Use a highlighting powder to highlight the middle of your face, such as the center of your forehead and the tip of your chin.

Step 4

Highlight under the eyes and over the cheekbones to make your face appear more centered and oval.

Step 5

Accentuate your eyes and downplay your lips and lower half of your face, to bring attention away from your jawline.