At the Center for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. De Silva examined records from over 1,000 clients across the United Kingdom, and it appeared that the diamond face shape (as seen in the actress Megan Fox) is what women requested the most. A close second is the oval shape, as seen in the singer Rihanna.
Curious as to what makes these traits so desirable that women are willing to go under the knife to get them? Us too.
The 7 Basic Types of Face Shapes
Perhaps you’ve taken one of those old school picture tests or scrolled through Pinterest before heading to the hairdresser to see what kind of face shape you have and what haircut would be most flattering.
If you’re still wondering what unique traits to look for in the seven various shapes, here’s a little cheat sheet to help.
1. The Diamond
It’s no surprise they call this one the diamond! Being the most highly sought-after shape as well as the rarest, it leaves spectators swooning largely due to the pronounced cheekbones. How do you spot a diamond? This structure is characterized by a narrow chin and forehead with wide cheekbones. Celebrities blessed with this shape include Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Megan Fox.
2. The Oval
You can easily identify an oval shape if the face is longer than it is wide, with a jaw narrower than the cheekbones. What famous figures are sporting this look? Rihanna, Blake Lively, and Kelly Rowland just to name a few. With these bombshells leading the pack, no wonder this shape ranked in the top two most desirable!
3. The Heart
The heart is the third most desired woman's face shape, and I’m sure the first person who comes to mind is the stunning Reese Witherspoon. She’s a rather iconic model of a textbook heart shape with her forehead and cheekbones serving as the widest part of her face paired with a dramatic, yet elegantly pointed chin. Who joins her in the heart club? Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, and Tiffani Thiessen.
4. The Rectangle
The rectangle face shape is a hybrid of both the oval and the square. Its distinguishing features consist of a square jaw and a face that is longer than it is wide. Stars who have a rectangular face are Gisele Bundchen, Kim Kardashian, and Courteney Cox.
5. The Circle
A circle, also known as a round, face is easy to spot because of its symmetry. Overall the face has about the same length and width accompanied by a round jawline and chin. When looking at a round face there won’t appear to be any major angles or edges. Popular celebs with this face shape include Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Middleton, and Mila Kunis.
6. The Square
Similar to a round face, the square face is void of any major angles except for the jawline, which is where the majority of the focus lies. That’s what makes this shape so bold and simple to identify! Leading ladies with this shape include Olivia Wilde, Jenna Dewan, and Cameron Diaz.
7. The Trapezoid
The trapezoid shape, also known as the pear, appears on an oval-based face where the forehead is smaller giving the appearance of a larger chin. The gorgeous Kelly Osbourne and Jennifer Aniston are prime examples of women who have a trapezoid face structure.
The Correlation Between Social Media and Plastic Surgery
It’s no surprise that social media has placed more demand on users to look a particular way with the constant posting of selfies, Instagram stories, and TikTok videos for the world to see. Not to mention the excessive devouring of celebrity and influencer highlight reels that leave consumers feeling worse about their own appearance.
In fact, this confidence depletion has led to the rise of popular apps like FaceTune, VSCO, and Photoshop, which have millions of downloads (FaceTune has 60 million alone!). All of these apps provide options right at your fingertips to alter and morph any photo (or video) you take, from small edits like blurring a pesky pimple to extreme edits like adding facial hair or changing the shape of your eyes.
For some, however, it seems like the apps aren’t even enough. According to Dr. De Silva, he has seen a rapid growth in plastic surgery alongside the growth of social media. He said the number of men and women now seeking face and neck lifts has risen by almost a sixth in recent years.
To quote De Silva directly: “Facebook Facelifts are on the rise as social media creates new pressures on people to look good, particularly in their public profiles and the pictures they share with friends. Face and neck lifts are the original facial cosmetic surgical procedures, and they probably have the most dramatic impact in combating anti-aging and rejuvenating the appearance of the face.”
The pressure to look their best on social media was listed as a motivation in seeking plastic surgery in one-third of female patients and almost one-fifth of male patients.
The saddest part is that people are willingly putting their own health at risk for an ideal appearance represented by a false majority. What you’re seeing online is largely a facade of body morphing and photo editing. In one scenario, this middle-aged man was able to pose as a young lady to boost his motorcycle fan page without anyone noticing by using a filter. In another scenario, an online influencer’s face was imposed onto multiple bodies and nationalities to promote products and increase engagement.
Influencer Josephine Livin is fighting the madness by exposing the digital secrets that exist and encouraging women to not fall for them. It’s wild how advanced the filters are becoming…and, quite honestly, scary.
Even scarier though is the addictive nature plastic surgery can have if being used for the wrong reasons. In one instance, a young Chinese girl had over 100 procedures by the age of 16, with no plans to stop on the horizon as she admits each one leaves her feeling unsatisfied and that there’s still more work to do.
Since technology seems to be going nowhere anytime soon, it’s important to stay confidently rooted in your identity. Every raw selfie has its beauty. Every face shape does too. I think we can all agree that every celebrity listed above is drop dead gorgeous, yet they don’t all have the “desired” diamond. It’s in your power to own what you’ve been given because confidence is truly the only indestructible quality of beauty there is.
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