Best Haircuts for Your Face
Just like we all have different skin types that work well with certain cosmetics, we also have different facial shapes that work better with certain haircuts. The best cuts for your face shape enhance your best features and downplay your weak spots. Here's a list of the best cuts for your face:
- Oval. (Think Jennifer Hudson.) Your face is narrower at the jaw line than at your temples and tapers from cheek to chin.
Your best cut: Oval is the most flexible face shape, so your options are pretty much endless (lucky you!) Try to highlight your best feature with your cut, so if you have great cheekbones, go for an angular bob. If your eyes are your prize, blunt or side-swept bangs are a winner.
- Round. (Think Oprah.) You have wide cheeks and a rounded chin.
Your best cut: You want to slim down your face. For short hair, go for bob cuts with razored ends. For longer hair, go for cuts that fall just below the chin and stick to soft layers and wispy ends.
- Square. (Think Angelina Jolie.) You have a strong jaw line and a square chin.
Your best cut: Find a style that will downplay your jaw. If you prefer short hair, go for cuts that frame your face. For longer hair, go for cuts that are layered from the jawline down. Razored ends, soft waves, and lots of curls also work well against your face.
- Oblong. (Think Sarah Jessica Parker.) Your face is long and oval.
Your best cut: Downplay your face length by adding width. Go for cuts that are medium in length with lots of waves and curls. If you want longer hair, ask for a v-shape cut where the length is mainly in the back and your front sides are shorter.
- Heart. (Think Reese Witherspoon.) You have a pointy chin and broad forehead.
Your best cut: Go for cuts that bring out your eyes and cheekbones. Side-swept bangs, a strong part to the side, and choppy chin-length bobs are all good options. For longer hair, begin layers at your cheekbones.
- Triangle. (Think Victoria Beckham). This is basically the reverse of the heart shape—you have a prominent jaw line that narrows at your cheekbones and temple area.
Your best cut: You want added fullness to the top of your head near your temples to balance your strong jaw line. Go for cuts that are shaggy, layered, and taper at the jaw line.
- Diamond. (Think Scarlett Johanssen.)
You have a long face with a narrow chin and wide cheek bones.
Your best cut: This is another lucky face shape to have because it goes with so many different haircuts. Your can go short or long, as long as you don't keep too much hair in your face—it will block your fab features. (Tucking hair behind your ears brings out your cheekbones.)
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