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Proportion: The Rule of Thirds and Fifths

A LESSON IN ART

When composing a sketch of the human face, artists follow a guideline referred to as “The Rule of Thirds and Fifths.”  Remember, naturally no face has perfect proportions, and the following is a mere guideline.

The Rule of Thirds

The face can be horizontally divided into thirds.  From the hairline to the glabellar line (eyebrows) is 1/3, the brow to the base of the nose 1/3, and the base of the nose to the chin one-third.

The Rule of Fifths

By using the width of the eye from corner to corner as a point of measurement, the face can be vertically divided into fifths.  Starting from the very outside edge of one ear to the other the face ideally would be 5 eye widths apart.  The width of the base of the would be a fifth.

Subdividing the Rules

Unless you are an artist, it really isn’t necessary to know the rest of the ideal facial proportions.  But each feature has an ideal mathematical relationship to the rest.  If you want more info, check out this post: Beautiful Proportions of the Face.

 


Laura Kimberley

Laura is a Registered Nurse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts specializing in non-invasive and minimal invasive aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laura has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston in Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiac Critical Care, holding many certifications within the field. In 2009, she left to pursue her passion for aesthetics. Laura is a Certified Advanced Cosmetic Injector by American Aesthetics Institute and a Member of the American Medical Aesthetic Professionals. She is an accomplished writer and speaker on aesthetics and anti-aging technology. Passionate about teaching, Laura spent a year as an instructor of Basic Botox and Filler courses. She works with many different organizations and volunteer groups focused on women’s health and women in business. Laura also does nonprofit work with patients suffering from lipoatrophy. Her objective is to provide multifaceted techniques to help people achieve individual beauty goals.

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