Finding a hijab style that flatters your face shape is easy. Dina Toki-O shows you how.
Just the other week, I made a video that shared tips on how to style a hijab according to face shapes.
Considering the amount of rubbish I talk at times during my random video ramblings, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate this week’s column to compiling these tips in a nice, neat and organised manner – hopefully it’ll be clearer and make a lot more sense to you!
So, we’ll start off with naming the most common face shapes: oval, square, round, rectangular and heart-shaped. I know that all these different face shapes may sound ‘weird’, and you most likely would never have considered them before. If so, you’ll need to do a mirror analysis to determine your face shape after you’ve read this post.
The Oval Face
This is considered by many to be the ‘perfect’ face shape. If you fall under this category, let your hijab fall naturally against your face shape when styling it around your face’s frame. You won’t want to change anything too much, so to keep that beautiful oval face, well, oval, follow your face with the scarf as you’re wrapping it around your face, and remember: you don’t need any adjustments for this one, because oval is ‘perfect’!
The Rectangular Face
If you happen to have a considerably short face (ie, your face width from side to side is longer than its length from top to chin), then what you want to do is try to lengthen your face as much as possible, and adjust the proportions of your face with the scarf. By bringing the sides of your scarf a tad forward to the ends of your eyebrows and pulling your scarf back to your hairline, you’ll automatically lengthen your face. The best tip for this look is to avoid hiding your eyebrows and forehead!
The Round Face
So if you’re a little ‘chipmunk’ with nice, chubby cheeks and a rounder chin than most people, you’ll likely want to disguise those cheeks and chin as much as possible. Often, you may be tucking your cheeks into the side of your scarf in an attempt to hide them, but you’ll find this will just end up making you look more like, indeed, a chipmunk! Instead, let the scarf fall against your cheeks and chin loosely, especially wearing it quite loosely under the chin so as not to push it out too much. By pinning it loosely, you’ll create more folds and add texture to your hijab, which will disguise those rounder edges much more naturally than by pinning it tightly underneath.
The Square Face
Now, if you have a square face with a strong, heavy jawline, cheekbones and forehead (ie, similar-looking to an ‘action-man’), then again you’re going to want to keep the scarf loose under the chin to create those feminine folds and flows in your scarf. By pinning the scarf tightly underneath your chin, you’re just going to accentuate that jaw even more. Framing the scarf around your forehead in a rounder shape (but still keeping the forehead in view) will ‘ovalise’ your face overall!
The Heart-shaped Face
You have a lovely wide forehead and a teeny tiny chin that gives off a ‘tweety bird’ face. In my own personal opinion, this is a beautiful shape to have. However, you may sometimes have the problem of a ‘disappearing’ chin at times! Not to worry – for your hijab styles, try not to add too much volume with folds and layering at the back and sides of your head; you already have that width naturally. By pinning your hijab under your chin, framing it right at the edges of your jaws, you’ll hopefully give off a bigger jawline/chin look. This will even out your face proportions. Another tip that will look extra good on you is to make a point with your scarf at the top of your forehead – trust me, it will really suit you. But then again, so will showing your whole forehead – so feel free to enjoy the choice you have!
Those are all the little tips I have for now, but remember – there are many more face shapes out there, and not everyone will fall under one specific category. The most important thing is to make sure you’re confident with your hijab style. When you’re confident, you can carry anything off!