If you’ve got an oval-shaped face, consider yourself lucky - most pros would agree that thanks to its symmetrical balance, this is the ideal face shape for creating makeup perfection. Still, everyone can do with some help and inspiration from time to time, so here are the eight best makeup tips for an oval face. 

Keep Your Foundation Natural 

Many think that their face shape needs to influence their choice of foundation shade in some way, but the two are not at all related. Instead, you should be choosing your foundation based on your skin tone, picking the shade that best blends in with your natural color. 

However, if you want to make your oval face appear a little shorter, try blending a darker foundation along your jawline, keeping this to just one shade darker than everything else. 

Emphasize Those Cheekbones

Right now, all over the world, people are wishing that they had cheekbones that looked like yours, so don’t be afraid to really show off those assets! 

To bring out those natural angles, dust a bronzer or apply a contouring product from the outside of your brows down to your cheekbones. Make sure that you blend this in well!  

Use Your Blush Wisely


Most people dab their blush onto the apples of their cheeks, but oval-faced ladies and gents need to do things a little differently. Try placing your blush onto the most prominent parts of your cheekbones, blending it upwards towards your temples. This little makeup trick will help to really bring out the natural leanness in your oval face. 

If the length of your face is something you want to try to minimize, your blush can help you with this too. Dusting a rosy blush across your cheeks in a horizontal direction will make your face appear a little shorter. Just don’t make the common mistake of using too much blush, as you don’t want your cheekbones to totally take over your look. 

Know Where to Highlight 

If your oval face would benefit from more angles and definition, then understanding how to use a makeup highlighter is essential. 

Try swiping a highlighting product onto the center of your forehead, down the center of your nose, and on your chin, as well as above your cheeks and underneath your brow bones. Blend this in thoroughly and then take a look at the effect - you will see that all of your best features have a natural brightness and radiance about them.

Luscious Lips

Oval face shapes are universally flattering, meaning that you can experiment quite a bit when it comes to lip cosmetics. Whether you go for a bold and dramatic lipstick or a subtle, sheer lip gloss, just about everything works well on an oval face.  

For some extra definition, try lining your lips before filling them in with a matching liquid lipstick. You could also try dotting a super-clear lip gloss onto the center part of your lower lip to make your pout appear fuller. 

If you decide to go all-out with your lips, then consider toning it down when it comes to your eye makeup. Going bold and loud with both can look overdone on an oval face. 

Pay Attention to Your Brows


The ideal eyebrows for an oval face are soft yet angled with a natural lift in the arch. 

Brows should be defined, but not over-the-top, which is something that can easily be achieved with a few soft strokes of an eyebrow pencil. 

Make the Most of Your Eyes

When it comes to eyeshadow shades, just about everything will suit an oval face. A colorful eyeshadow palette combined with a few pots of eye glitter makeup can be truly transformational, but keeping it natural and neutral always works well too. 

If you’re a fan of the classic cat-eye, this is a style that lends itself perfectly to an oval face. It’s easy to create with an eyeliner - just keep in mind, the more oval your face shape, the more angular your cat-eye should be.

Need to update your eyeshadow palette arsenal? Keep an eye on your favorite cosmetics brands so that you’re in-the-know whenever they have a last-minute makeup sale. You never know what bargains and affordable makeup products you may discover! 

Give Yourself an Extra Flutter

Long and thick lashes are something else that beautifully complements an oval face. If you are naturally blessed with these, a few swipes of a volumizing mascara will give them some extra impact. 

For everyone else, false eyelashes can come to the rescue. When choosing faux eyelashes, make sure that you pick a style that works with your eye shape, not your face shape. For example, if you have an oval face with round eyes, go for light, curled lashes, whereas those with an oval face and mono-lidded eyes would be better suited with false eyelashes that are top-heavy. 

From knowing how to work your cheekbones to bringing attention to your eyes, oval faces have a lot going for them, so use that to your advantage! 

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