Selecting the Right Veil & Hairstyle for Your Face

Hair brides prefer the focus to be on their wedding hairstyle, and are quite content to just tack a veil into their updo, then remove it after the ceremony. A veil bride wants to keep her wedding veil on throughout the reception. Veil brides see the hairstyle as secondary; it’s necessary only as support to help pouf up their veil. No matter which category you fall into, you’ll want to choose a veil and wedding hairstyle that best highlights your face.

Face Facts

The eight basic face shapes are: oval, round, oblong, heart, diamond, square, rectangle, and triangle.

The first four shapes are soft and curved, while the last four have more angles and corners. To decide your face shape, pull your hair away from your face and study the outer edge. Here’s how to tell which category you fall into:


An OVAL face, it is slightly longer than is it wide, with soft, curved edges.

A ROUND face, there is equal distance all around, using the nose as a center point. It will be as wide as it is long, with rounded edges.

An OBLONG face, it will look like an elongated oval. Many oblongs are mistaken for ovals, but when placed next to a true oval you can see that an oblong has added length.

A HEART-SHAPED face, it’s wider at the eye, temple, and cheek area, with a narrow chin. The edges are soft and curved.

A DIAMOND face, it’s widest at the cheeks, narrow at the chin and forehead, with sharper features.

A SQUARE face, it’s basically level at the forehead and down the sides. Your jaw is strong and square, and your chin may stick out a bit. If the distance from the top of your face to your chin matches the width, you have a square face.

A REGTANGULAR face, it’s similar to a square, but longer than it is wide.

A TRIANGULAR face, it’s similar to a heart shape, but the lines and edges are sharper and more angular.


Enhancing Your Shape

When searching for hair and veil styles, a good rule to keep in mind is “opposites attract.”

If you’re lucky enough to have a DIAMOND- or OVAL-SHAPED face, congratulations — you’re perfectly symmetrical, so your choices are unlimited, as long as they complement your gown, neckline, and proportions.


A ROUND, full face will benefit from a veil that falls along the sides of the face, thus working to help narrow it.
As for your wedding hair: Wearing your hair down or in a face-framing bob is the best option.

A SQUARE jawline needs softness.
Face-framing tendrils will help to relax a strong jaw, and a longer veil will work better than a short wide one. Many people consider a strong jawline a striking feature, and the confidant bride will want to show it off.

An OBLONG face, complement it with a bit of width.
Look for waterfall veils paired with a wide tiara, wreath, or bun wrap. Stay away from piled-high hair, which will only make you look more elongated.

A HEART-SHAPED or TRIANGULAR, you’ll want to add width at the jawline.
Since most veils will be too full for you, the best choice is a back piece, where the width shows up behind the neckline. As for hair, a chignon or flipped-up bob is a great look.

A RECTANGULAR face will benefit from softness too.
Don’t be afraid to try more voluminous veils, the poofy quality will make your face look more symmetrical. Paired with a side swept updo, you can’t go wrong.


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