Get the most flattering haircut for your face shape
Update your look with a new, on-trend haircut. We asked the experts to tell us the best cut for each face shape
Face shape: Oval
Most flattering cut: “Anything goes!” says Jurenas. She calls this the ideal face shape. “In the haircutting world, our goal is to make everyone’s face look oval. It has the most balanced proportions.”
Be as daring or as classic as you’d like. Try a high-fashion style, like a blunt fringe, sharp bob or super-short crop. Oval-faced celebrities who go flawlessly from long to short styles include Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson and Rihanna.
What to avoid: Keep your lifestyle in mind (ie. how much time and effort you’re willing to put into styling each morning) when choosing a cut.
Styling tips: Jurenas suggests you consider your overall height and posture as well. For example, if you’re short in height, a short cut may work well proportionally to make you look taller.
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Face shape: Square
Most flattering cut: Jurenas recommends trying to make the face look longer and narrower, which usually means long hair. Try a long bob, like Gwyneth Paltrow, or a side-swept fringe, like Olivia Wilde.
What to avoid: Short hair can be challenging to pull off.
Styling tips: Adding texture and volume can also have a flattering effect: “Angelina Jolie always has lots of movement in her hair, which softens the edge of her jawline beautifully.”
Take Paltrow’s cue again for updos: “When she dresses her hair up, she adds lift and volume in the crown area, and that’s exactly what you want to do,” says Jurenas. Adding height to the crown helps to visually extend the appearance of the face.
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Face shape: Heart
Most flattering cut: “A heart-shaped face is wider across the temple area and narrows out in the chin,” explains Jurenas. Create balance by asking your stylist for face-framing layers that start no higher than the cheekbones to add movement and body to the hair from the mid-lengths to ends. Or, try a textured fringe, like Reese Witherspoon or Tyra Banks.
What to avoid: Don’t go any shorter than shoulder length. If your hair is straight, long styles that are all one-length overall (without layers) can emphasis the length of your chin.
Styling tips: Jurenas likes a centre part: “It creates the illusion of a narrower forehead by covering up the width across the top of the face and opening up towards the ends.”
When wearing a ponytail, leave a few pieces loose to hang down by the chin, to soften the look. “Jennifer Aniston uses this trick,” says Jurenas.
If you have curly or wavy hair, let your natural texture sing, like Scarlett Johansson does.
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Face shape: Round
Most flattering cut: “Your goal is to visually elongate the face,” says Jurenas. A full, side swept fringe, like Emma Stone’s, is one way to achieve this, making the forehead appear less wide. Or, try Penelope Cruz’s style: a long length overall with layers that graze the cheekbones.
For short hair, Jurenas suggests keeping it tight through the sides and back but slightly longer on the top, with either choppy volume for height, or a side swept fringe to create a face-slimming look, like Michelle Williams or Ginnifer Goodwin’s recent cuts.
What to avoid: A blunt straight-across fringe is usually a no go- try it with some texture instead. (A blunt cut on the ends, however, can work beautifully to give definition to the jawline).
Styling tips: Centre parts work beautifully to narrow the forehead – a look often spotted on Cara Delevingne and Mila Kunis. Avoid wearing your hair tucked behind your ears-it emphasizes the width across the centre of the face.
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