Finding the perfect hairstyle for your face shape can be quite challenging with a large array of styles and shapes out there. Face shapes are the reason why some hairstyles look great on some people and not so great on others. Just as you accentuate your features with your makeup, you can accentuate your face structure with your hair. The celebrities may have expert stylist helping them find the most flattering haircuts for their face, but you have us! We are here to help, so let’s find the perfect hairstyle together!
When you have a rectangular face shape, your forehead, cheeks, and jawline are all around the same length. When styling your hair, stick to long layered cuts, waves or curls, soft and romantic chignons, rounded fringes or curtain bangs. Rectangle faces have a square angular jaw. These cuts and styles should work to soften the appearance of a sharp jawline and forehead without elongating the face. If you have a rectangle face shape, you should avoid styles with short layers at the cheekbones.
Celebrities with rectangle face shapes are Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and Courteney Cox.
Oval faces are characterized as being longer than it is wide, accompanied by a round chin and jawline. With this particular face shape, foreheads will typically be the widest part of the face. Hairstyles that are sure to look stunning are blunt bobs and lobs with subtle layers and long waves or curls. Long waves, curled bangs and a side-sweep all help to enhance an oval shape by widening the face. If you have an oval face shape, be sure to steer clear of heavy bangs, as this will make the face appear short. Keep the face as clear as possible and avoid hairstyles that are one length, as this can make your face appear longer!
Celebs to look to for inspiration are Beyonce, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba.
Characteristics for a square face shape are a strong angled jawline, where forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all the same length. Hairstyles that are sure to make heads turn are any side-parted styles, long and airy layers, short layered bobs, and soft side-swept bangs. Short swift bangs that hit at the cheekbones and a middle part, as well as thick blunt bands are cuts to avoid.
Celebrities with a square face shape are are Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Wilde.
Characterized by being widest at the forehead and cheeks, a heart shape tends to have a strong jawline that tapers off into a defined chin. A “true” heart-shaped face has a widow’s peak hairline, but that can be rare these days. Heart-shaped faces want to strike a balance in their hairstyles that narrow the widest points of the face, while softening the jawline and accentuating the cheekbones. Go to hairstyles that are sure to make a statement are long side-swept cuts, waves or curls starting below the ear, side-parted pixies, straight bobs and lobs. Make sure to steer clear of blunt bangs as these will make your chin appear more narrow, and skip out on the angled bob.
Celebrities that have a heart-shaped face are Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Zooey Deschanel.
A diamond face shape has cheekbones as the widest part of the face, the jawline is more pointy than angular (this sets apart a diamond from an oval face), and the length of your face is longer than it’s the width. Be sure to take the attention off your cheekbones, by making sure the hair near your cheeks is flat and not voluminous, focus on making your forehead and jawline seem wider than they are. Don’t add height to the hair surrounding your forehead, it will only make your face look longer. Instead, add volume to the hair that’s under your jawline. Consider blunt bangs to make the face appear shorter. Mid or long layered cuts worn with tousled waves, deep side parts, chin-length bobs, ponytails, side-swept bangs, and the 90’s shag all look breathtaking on a diamond face shape.
Celebs to be on the lookout for are Megan Fox, Vanessa Hudgens, and Halle Berry.
When you’ve got a round face, long layered cuts, choppy pixie cuts and short side bangs are your best friends. A round face nicely accommodates all hair lengths and many different styles. Center parts will help give the appearance of a longer face, while the side-sweep will maximize roundness. Cuts that fall around the face will emphasize the shape, which will look stunning.
Celebrities to get inspiration from are Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Mandy Moore.
An inverted triangle face shape is similar to the heart-shape minus the widow’s peak that’s associated with that shape. Hairstyles for this face shape that are sure to make a statement are layers that finish at the eyes/cheekbones or collarbone, choppy pixie cuts and short side bangs. Steer clear of middle parts and updos.
Celebs to pick inspo from are Taylor Swift, Kate Upton, and Scarlett Johansson.
Characteristics of a long face are similar to the oval face shape, but with a longer chin. The best hairstyles for long faces are loose curls that start close to the root. Salon-style blowouts with tons of volume, flat iron waves and long layers that hit at the collarbone are also winners. Avoid pin-straight or flat hairstyles and very long hair.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler and Hilary Swank all have long faces, so look to them for inspiration.
Determining your face shape is a vital step that so many people skip when choosing a new haircut. By determining your face shape and looking to celebs for inspiration, you can feel confident in getting that daring cut. If they’ve got the same face shape as you, then go for it! You know it will translate flawlessly.