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The Best Haircuts for Your Face Shape

Have you ever wondered why a chic pixie can look one way on one face, and then totally different on another? Or why some people can pull off blunt bangs while others are better suited to wispy fringe, or none at all? It could have to do with their face shape. Certain haircuts and styles can accentuate or downplay strong facial features.

Find out which cuts are recommended (and which aren’t) for oval, round, heart and square faces:


  • ROUND: Asymmetrical Cuts 1 of 16
    ROUND: Asymmetrical Cuts
    If you have wide cheeks without any sharp-angled features, an asymmetrical cut (a piecey cut with a mix of lengths) will add some angles and shape. A side-swept bang is especially flattering, adding definition to your face.

    Avoid: Blunt bangs, one-length hair, chin-length bobs (one length), and any hairstyle that adds width to the side of your face.

    Photo: Sunday Crossbow
  • ROUND: Face-Framing Long Hair 2 of 16
    ROUND: Face-Framing Long Hair
    If you prefer long hair (and especially if you prefer a center part), add some face-framing angles starting at the chin. It'll reduce bulk around your face and chop up the round shape.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • ROUND: Angled Bob 3 of 16
    ROUND: Angled Bob
    If you prefer short hair, round faces look best with an A-line cut, meaning the front is slightly longer than the back. This will help pull up your cheekbones and add angles to your non-angular face shape.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • ROUND: Layered Pixie 4 of 16
    ROUND: Layered Pixie
    Round-faced beauties like Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin prove that a pixie cut can be incredibly flattering. Add some longer layers with a little height up top to elongate your face.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • SQUARE: Soft and Layered 5 of 16
    SQUARE: Soft and Layered
    If your face has sharp angles, choose a hairstyle that creates a softer, more rounded shape — like side-swept bangs and layers that create movement.
    For those with curly or wavy hair, loose curls are flattering.

    Avoid: Any cut that creates a boxy look, like blunt bangs and bobs.

    Photo: The Small Things Blog
  • SQUARE: Tapered Bob 6 of 16
    SQUARE: Tapered Bob
    If you want to cut your hair short, square-faced women (like the gorgeous Keira Knightley) look good with a layered bob that starts at the chin and tapers up the back. It creates a rounded shape to soften your features.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • SQUARE: Messy, Layered Shag 7 of 16
    SQUARE: Messy, Layered Shag
    For shoulder-length hair, go for the messy, tousled look with lots of piecey layers — especially if you want bangs, like Rachel McAdams.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • SQUARE: Long and Straight 8 of 16
    SQUARE: Long and Straight
    Some of the most famous square-faced beauties (like Demi Moore and Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) wear their hair very long and sleek with a center part. A center part opens up the face, complimenting a strong jawline, and long hair softens an angular face.

    For wavy hair, try smoothing the top and having waves from the chin down to help blend a sharp jawline.

    Photo: Pink Peonies
  • HEART: Side-swept Bangs 9 of 16
    HEART: Side-swept Bangs
    Those with a heart-shaped face tend to have a wider forehead and prominent cheekbones that narrow into a pointy chin. Dramatically side-swept bangs look flattering for any length hair — long, short, and even pixies — because it balances out your heart-shaped face.

    Avoid: Heavy, choppy cuts that add volume to the top of your head.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • HEART: Straight Bangs 10 of 16
    HEART: Straight Bangs
    Because heart-shaped faces are widest at the forehead, you can typically pull off full bangs. Do some experimenting with this look.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • HEART: Bouncy Bob 11 of 16
    HEART: Bouncy Bob
    Heart-shaped faces tend to come to a point, so chin-length hair with bouncy volume can help fill in the chin area, adding more of a round shape than a sharp triangle.

    Photo: What I Wore
  • HEART: Long Layers 12 of 16
    HEART: Long Layers
    If you prefer longer hair, you can still fill in the triangular chin area with layers that start below the ears and/or more voluminous waves from the ears down. Keep the top of your hair sleek to balance out a heart-shaped face.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • OVAL/LONG: Waves and Layers 13 of 16
    OVAL/LONG: Waves and Layers
    If you have an oval face, you're one of the lucky ones. Pretty much any hairstyle will look good with your well-balanced facial features.

    If your face is a little on the longer side, you'll want to find a haircut that fills out your face and adds some width. And if your oval face has sharper angles (like a diamond shape), you'll want to create soft lines with movement.

    No matter what kind of oval face you have, waves help add some width and softness — especially for those with a center part, which tends to lengthen your face as is.

    Photo: Style & Pepper
  • OVAL/LONG: Straight Bangs 14 of 16
    OVAL/LONG: Straight Bangs
    This is one of the few face shapes that look good with blunt full bangs — making your face look wider and not quite as long.

    Avoid: Volume on top of your head, which lengthens an already long face.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com
  • OVAL/LONG: Long, Side-swept Bangs 15 of 16
    OVAL/LONG: Long, Side-swept Bangs
    Side-swept bangs help to break up a long face, accentuating cheekbones and shortening an oblong-shaped face, while adding more softness than blunt bangs.

    Photo: Keiko Lynn
  • OVAL/LONG: Edgy Side-swept Pixie 16 of 16
    OVAL/LONG: Edgy Side-swept Pixie
    Rihanna made this "notice me" style famous, and it's perfect for adding some angles to an oval face and emphasizing your cheekbones.

    Photo: PacificCoastNews.com

Sources: Allure, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Total Beauty, Birchbox.com

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