Yes, you should consider your hair type and facial features when deciding on a hairstyle. But don’t forget another crucial factor: your face shape. Choosing a hairstyle that flatters the shape of your face, compliments you from all angles. According to A-list hair stylists these are the best cuts and styles for the different face shapes. Find your face shape and choose the best style for you.
For Round Faces:
A round face looks really good with an uneven cut, meaning a mix of lengths. If you add a deep side part and long, side-swept bangs, you’ll look slimmer. Use a light finishing cream to coax, and keep, bangs to the side.
If you want to wear a center part, the way to make it work for a round face is to have hair a few inches past your shoulders with layers that hit at the jaw. Ask your stylist to cut in a bit on the sides to create subtle angles. Prevent short layers from frizzing, which can add bulk around your face, by smoothing on a silicone serum.
An easy way to add definition is with a sleek ponytail secured at, or above, the height of your ears, The key? Keeping your hair smooth opposed to big and bouncy, which can add bulk. Try running a light lotion on dry hair before pulling it back.
The key to wearing hair above the shoulders is styling it imprecisely. It’s a soft, layered cut worn intentionally mussed. Use a thickening spray and a round brush on damp hair to add a bit of movement and wave.
Try a pixie. All those little pieces help emphasize the cheekbones and eyes; it’s almost as if you build in cheekbones with this cut. Apply a pomade to damp hair for definition and texture.
Try long, dramatic layers that sweep along the chin, and a shortening of the hair as you go back to the nape of the neck. This cut gives you structure and angles. The hard lines of it balance out the soft lines of a round face. Use a volumizing spray to add body at the roots for extra slimming, but be wary of adding any at the sides, that can widen the face.
For Oval Faces:
If your face tends to look long, cutting straight bangs across the brow line can break up the length by creating the illusion of width. Keep them blunt, with one or two passes of a flatiron.
A center part on hair that’s shoulder-length or longer is nice against an oval backdrop. To avoid looking too severe, add some soft waves. If you want a bit more texture, wrap random sections around a large-barrel curling iron. The effect is incredibly romantic.
Bob With Side Bangs
A collarbone-grazing bob with side-swept bangs helps break up a long face and add softness. Keep bangs in place with a pea-size drop of light gel.
Edgy Short Cut
There’s something very sexy and feminine about showing off your neck and ears with such hard lines. Use a medium-hold gel to make it look piecey.
For Square Faces:
A soft, tapered bob that hits right around the chin works beautifully on a square face. To add texture and offset any severity at the jawline, mist on a dry shampoo spray, then flatiron the ends.
Go for a shag with body. Use a styling cream to emphasize layers and de-emphasize squareness.
Try waves from the ears down, which helps obscure any severity in the jawline. Use a large round brush to smooth hair, then spritz on a wave spray.
Long and Straight
Really straight and long hair softens square angles. And the center part opens up the middle of the face, drawing attention away from the jawline.
For Heart Faces:
For a heart-shaped face, hair that hits right below the jaw helps fill in the area around the chin, and de-emphasizes the triangle. To blur those lines even more, add a bit of body with a round brush and volumizing spray.
Deep Side Part
With long hair, start with a clearly defined side part, then add side-swept bangs, the idea is to bring your eyes out.
Long, Layered Waves
You want a few pieces of hair to fall in the area between the ears and the nose to offset the width of the ‘heart,’ and you want the longer layers to fill in around the chin. Any waviness should be kept from the ears down. Fullness on top only emphasizes the point at the bottom.
Pixie With Side-Swept Bangs
A pixie with soft side-swept bangs softens any hard features. Finger-comb a light cream before going over hair with a round brush and blow-dryer for smoothness.