The Surprising Personality Traits Your Facial Features Reveal About You

The shape, size, color, and density of our facial features can reveal a lot about our personality. Without speaking a word, our faces alone are a roadmap to our personal nature.

Face reading, or physiognomy, is the ancient practice of assessing an individual’s character based on their outer appearance. While not exactly a science, there is a lot that can be learned about individuals from their physiognomy. Read on to find out what your facial features say about you!

Brow Game Strong


People with naturally strong, thick eyebrows like Lucy Hale are not only on-trend and the envy of modern, thinner-browed women everywhere, but are also driven and confident. Just like their brows, their personalities tend to be bold and assertive.

According to Jean Haner, an expert on face reading, people with strong brows are more logical, will stand up to others, can handle their emotions, and have a strong libido. That’s a pretty decent combination of traits!

Thin Brows = Compassion

jennifer's eyebrows are thin
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Having thinner eyebrows does not necessarily mean you lack the self-confidence of the thicker-browed. People with naturally thin eyebrows, like Jennifer Garner, tend to enjoy helping others and are usually very charitable.

It comes as no surprise that if people with thin eyebrows are charitable and are ready to lend a hand, they are also perceived to be very compassionate and caring. The naturally thin-browed are pure, innocent at heart, and can be counted on to be solid friends.

Spotty Melanin

Rashida Jones has freckled skin
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There are scientific and genetic reasons why some people have freckles. Melanocytes, cells designed to protect skin from UV rays, that are not evenly distributed throughout the body result in freckles.

Some say freckles can reveal things about your personality. For example, it’s said you have the soul of a traveler if you have a freckle on your temple. A freckle between your eyebrows might mean you find joy in your work life. And if you have a freckle above your lips you are both attractive and sociable.

Deer in the headlight-eyes are beautiful!

Wide-Eyed Beauties

Zooey has a wide-eyed look
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People with big, beautiful eyes like Zooey Deschanel have equally big personalities. They are trusting, gregarious, and might even lean toward having a flair for drama. Don’t let the drama factor deter you from forming a relationship with a large-eyed person though — they just have huge hearts and like to open up.

These people are used to hearing all about what big and beautiful eyes they have, and though they like the attention, try throwing them a different compliment from time to time! The wide-eyed are always open to receiving a compliment.

Seductive Symmetry

Chris Pine has a strong jawline
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A strong jawline, aside from being one of the sexiest traits in men like Chris Pine, typically means that the person can be driven or competitive in nature. Having a strong jawline is often associated with having high testosterone, so these people have a strong sense of power and can lean toward rule-breaking.

Because of their high testosterone levels, people with strong jawlines might be quite stubborn. When dealing with a strong-willed personality, expect some pushback, especially if involved in a competitive vein.

Miss Independent

Jen Aniston's lips are naturally thin
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If you have thinner lips like Jennifer Aniston’s, you are pretty independent and don’t need to be attached to anyone else’s hip all of the time. You love being around others but tend to lean toward being an introvert. You like your alone time and you are 100% fine with it. But for thinned-lipped celebs like Jen, privacy is rare!

In terms of relationships, these people would not do well with a stage-five clinger. It is best to give them their space.

What does having full lips mean?

The Bigger The Lips, The Bigger The Love

Lisa Rinna is known for her thick lips
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People with large lips like Angelina Jolie or Lisa Rinna (pictured), are nurturing, giving, and very motherly. This comes as no surprise for Angelina, who’s a mother of six! Full lips are a sign of having a strong sense of caring for others.

Individuals with larger lips really value the relationships they have developed throughout their lives. They find joy in putting others first, being a source of warmth and love, and maintaining strong connections with friends and family.

Eye See You

People with brown eyes are perceived as more trusting
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Unlike some of the aforementioned traits, there is much more science to what eye color says about your personality. A study published in Current Psychology found that eye color is linked to how agreeable that person is.

Researchers determined that people with light-colored eyes like blue and green tend to be less agreeable and more competitive than those with brown eyes. People with brown eyes are a little more trusting than those with green and blue eyes, as those people tend to lean toward skepticism.

I Mustache You A Question

Sam Elliot is known for his moustache
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Sam Elliot’s mustache is the stuff of legend. His chevron facial hair is a manly blend of delicate bushiness and carefully trimmed majesty. Men with this kind of mustache (think Ron Swanson, Alex Trebek prior to 2001, or Burt Reynolds) are masculine and are sure of themselves.

Men with a chevron mustache like Sam Elliot might be the outdoorsy-type, too. It’s almost as if the ability to grow facial hair comes with outdoor survival and wood-chopping skills… or at least the look of it!

Woodsman or Hipster?

men don't need a clean shave to be respected or approachable
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Lumbersexual facial hair has been ‘in’ for some time now. What was once reserved for woodsman and lumberjacks can been seen all over Brooklyn and Hollywood no matter what season it is.

Men with big bushy beards like Jason Momoa make a loyal friends and partners and always have something interesting to talk about. Through their beards they are telling the world they are manly men who don’t need a clean shave to be respected or approachable.

Earlobes And Empathy

Angelina wears a gray hat
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Individuals with attached earlobes might be reserved, but they are very focused in life and love deeply. They are warm, welcoming and gentle people. When they find someone they love and care about, they never let go and will always be there for them.

In addition to being caring and loving, people who have attached earlobes, like Angelina Jolie, are very understanding and empathetic of others. They are great people to be around if you’re going through a tough time.

The Square-Faced Do Not Have Square Personalities

Demi Lovato has a square face
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If you have a wide forehead and jaw like Demi Lovato’s, angular features and some strong bone structure, you have a square-shaped face. People with a square face shape are ready to take on anything and can be pretty competitive in nature.

The people with such angular facial features tend to have stamina, decent leadership skills, and solid decision-making capabilities. A square or rectangular-shaped face means you are hardworking, strong, ambitious, and not very shy.

Find out what a heart-shaped face means next

Big Foreheads, Bigger Hearts

Reese Witherspoon is an example of a heart-shaped face
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Reese Witherspoon has a classic heart shape. If your face is also more of an inverted triangle where you have a wide forehead and narrower chin, you have a heart-shaped face. People with heart face shapes are very creative and have an inner strength that tells them not to quit.

They value sincerity and have no time for any bull as they can be quite intuitive. Someone with a heart-shaped face is an independent quick-thinker who can see right through the fake people out there.

Oval Face = Warmth

Beyonce has an oval face shape
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If you have a long face where it narrows at the jawline, then congratulations! You share a physical characteristic with Her Flawless Majesty Queen Bey. People with an oval face shape like Beyonce’s are fearless yet welcoming.

They have amazing interpersonal skills and always know how to make others feel welcomed and comfortable. If this sounds like you, then people probably love it when you host a dinner or holiday party! You make everyone feel great and possess warm, inviting confidence.

Round Face, Kind Soul

Selena Gomez has a kind face
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If you have a wide hairline and fullness below the cheekbones, you have a round face shape. People with a round face shape are givers. If you have a round face, you are a people person who always puts others before yourself… but you tend to forget to treat yo’ self, too!

Putting other people first all of the time can be draining, especially if you neglect to take care of yourself. You are giving and kind. Don’t be taken advantage of!

What About Redheads?

What does red hair say?
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Personality traits associated with redheads include being mysterious, fiery, romantic, and passionate. Not all red-haired personalities are created equal, however. The stereotype goes that some can be bad-tempered or opinionated, while others are extremely seductive and might even be sexually promiscuous.

Now that we’ve gone over the stereotypes, how about some science? In addition to the sun, people with red hair are physically more sensitive to pain and cold. According to Psychology Today, they often get colder faster and bruise more easily than their brunette and blonde counterparts.

And Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

Blake Lively is a true blonde
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“A blonde walks into a bar…” just kidding. Though we all know the dumb blonde jokes associated with the stereotype, it’s just that — a stereotype! There is a study, however, that showed that the divorce rate is higher among blondes. This may or may not be related to why they are viewed as high maintenance.

Fun fact: a chunk of the indigenous population on the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific are blonde despite their very dark skin tone. This is because their diets are high in fish and they get daily exposure to intense sunlight.

Brunettes And Hair Loss

Brunette hair tends to fall out earlier
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Brunettes like Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell, pictured, are very hard workers. In fact, the majority of Nobel Peace Prize recipients are brunette. Though they possess the spirit of determination and have solid working and personal lives, they might give up on occasion.

The scientific downside to being naturally brunette is that they have an increased likelihood of becoming addicted to nicotine and losing hair compared to the other shades. Balding is more of a risk with male than female brunettes.

The Bigger The Forehead, The Bigger the Brain

Large foreheads are associated with bigger brains
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People with broad foreheads like Tyra Banks (commonly known as the “five-finger forehead”) are very intelligent, self-sufficient, and skilled at many things. Though many people with a large forehead would prefer to hide what they’ve got under bangs or hats, they actually possess personality traits everyone else wishes they had!

If you have a broad forehead, flaunt it! You are a smart cookie and don’t need to hide behind your hair or an accessory. Look at Tyra! She is a supermodel, after all.

Narrow Foreheads

Sarah might be giving and loving
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Just because people with larger foreheads are considered intelligent doesn’t mean those with smaller foreheads are dummies. People with narrow foreheads like Sarah Hyland like their alone time and aren’t always trying to be the center of attention.

Though they are introverted and rational beings, they tend to be much more emotional than others. People with narrow foreheads are gentle and very loving. They form strong bonds with others and like long-lasting relationships.