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Mastering the perfect hairstyle is all about rocking your unique style. If you want to get your dream hair, you need to make your look work for you! The key to it all is figuring out your face shape. Once you know your shape, you can find an ultra-flattering ‘do that works for YOU!
Heart-shaped faces are known for their strong hairlines and pointed chins. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Campbell, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston are all known for their heart-shaped faces. The name refers to the sweet shape made by a wide forehead, strong cheekbones and a pointed chin.
If you’ve seen beauty guides talking about the difference between inverted triangle-shaped faces and heart-shaped faces, forget about it! The only difference between the two styles is whether or not you have a widow’s peak. Having a widow’s peak might affect how you style your fringe but, for the most part, the same hairstyles will flatter both facial types.
Reese Witherspoon is famous for her perfectly heart-shaped face and she most definitely knows how to rock it. If you’re looking for a great hairstyle for women with a heart-shaped face, look to her. All of her hairstyles are flawless and this is no exception. Her soft, side-swept bangs make her eyes look amazing while drawing attention away from her chin. Her fringe would work for pretty much any style or length so it is definitely an add-on worth looking into.
All-one-length hair that falls below the shoulder generally isn’t flattering to most facial types so try experimenting with bangs if you’re not a fan of layers and want to keep your locks long.
Jennifer Aniston is all about easy, flattering styles. If you’re looking for something wash-and-go yet chic, look to her. While she is another heart-shaped celeb known for amazing’ dos, this is definitely one of her best styles. It’s ultra-modern, chic and does everything for her. Keeping it above her shoulders stops the all-one-length long bob from getting too weighed down.
It’s got all the movement and swing that it needs to prevent it from looking too harsh. By creating a straight line down both sides of her face, it softens her strong jawline and creates a perfect balance to her face.
There is more than one way to flatter a heart-shaped face though! Despite its total contrast to Jennifer Aniston’s sleek long bob, Reese Witherspoon’s long pin-up curls are ultra-flattering to her heart-shaped face. Ultimately, the key to finding the perfect long hairstyle for women with heart-shaped faces it to look for something that provides contrast.
By adding soft, wide curls at her ends, Reese Witherspoon’s hair contrasts with her narrow, pointed chin to create a perfect balance. Since her forehead is wide, there is no need to create more volume at the top so she sticks to curls that only fall below her cheeks.
This is definitely one of Taylor Swift’s softer looks as far as her hairstyles go, but it definitely suits her. While Taylor Swift’s chin isn’t as pointed as Reese Witherspoon’s, her stylist still avoided creating a style that’s too heavy. By adding fringe, Taylor has camouflaged her wide forehead.
A heavy bang on its own could make her style look top-heavy so she’s also added subtle layers throughout the length of her hair to get volume and prevent her hair from falling flat at the sides- which is something that any woman, with any facial shape will definitely want to avoid!
Jennifer Love Hewitt just looks all-around stunning in this pic. Her side-swept bangs soften her face shape and draw attention away from her strong chin and jawline. Her hair has infinite volume and literally sparkles. I’d bet my last cent that a good portion of the length and volume is coming from extensions, so it’s not really a great everyday look.
If you’re looking for sultry night-out style though, you must steal Jennifer Love Hewitt’s flawless look. For a more toned down version, you should definitely hold onto the side swept bangs, then just work with all of the volume that you can get naturally in your hair.
Now, we’d never tell any woman that she should be hiding her face. Show off what you’ve got and never worry about hiding flaws! That said; don’t work against your natural beauty. Christina Ricci’s hair in this pic looks totally lifeless. There is no body to it. Nothing about the color or the style does anything for her.
Just about any added element of style would have improved it. Side swept fringe, blunt bangs, a few layers, or even just a decent blowout could have turned the whole thing around. This style is just a little too sleek and wouldn’t really suit any facial shape.
I know a lot of celebs are in love with the ‘wet’ look at the moment, but this just isn’t working for Kourtney Kardashian. It’s simply TOO WET! This is actually much worse than Christina Ricci’s sleek style… although Christina would probably have looked like this if she hadn’t showered for a week, or if she had showed up straight from the shower without blow drying her hair. It’s just plain awful.
If you want a flattering long hairstyle for a heart-shaped face, look for bangs of any sort and a little volume around the chin. And, never go for this much product!
So close, yet so far. All that Naomi Campbell really needs is just a few more millimeters of hair back. Her hair does look great in general. It is ultra-glossy. It’s got tons of body and movement. Her blunt cut bangs are flattering to her heart-shaped face and its characteristically wide forehead, but there is just one problem: her hair looks one size too small. Her bangs are too high up and her haircut just looks awkward.
It’s more what I’d expect after my own misguided attempt to cut my bangs in front of the bathroom mirror. It’s definitely not befitting a supermodel.
Top knots are a stylish and easy everyday look, but they just aren’t right for everyone. If you want to find a simple long hairstyle for women with heart-shaped faces, create a low bun or a ponytail. You keep your top knot flattering if you add some side swept fringe.
If you want all of your hair away from your face, go for a low bun or a pony that will create some volume around your chin. A totally slicked back top knot is just too harsh for most facial shapes. While Ciara would be the hottest girl in the gym, when it comes to formal up dos, she could definitely do better.
Lisa Kudrow does have the side swept bangs going for her, but that’s just not enough to save this ‘do. Her hair completely lacks body and volume. It makes her facial features look exaggerated and just doesn’t do anything for her. Her hair is much too fine for the barely-there layers that were added in the bottom.
As a general rule, stay away from razor cuts unless you’ve got thick hair. The razored off edges make her hair look whispy and that makes her chin and jawline look much too strong. To flatter your heart-shaped face, always aim to maximize the volume at your jawline.
Oblong faces are easy to spot by their broad cheekbones, strong jawlines, and elongated foreheads. They are much narrower than most facial types. Take a look at celebs like Gisele Bundchen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Liv Tyler and Ashlee Simpson. They’ve all got oblong faces, and you might too if their features look a bit like your own.
It’s easy to mix up oval faces and oblong faces though. In general, it’s all about the width. If your face has all of the key features of an oblong face but isn’t as narrow, you probably have an oval-shaped face.
Who doesn’t want Gisele’s hair? It’s seriously flawless. From her perfectly placed buttery blonde highlights to the endless amounts of flawlessly curled strands that seem to be constantly falling down around her, Gisele has got THE hair. Anyone with any facial shape would look drop dead gorgeous with it.
A lot of experts might say that women who have oblong faces should avoid having ultra-long hair, but Gisele gets a pass. As an Amazonian supermodel with legs for miles, this hair is pretty much in proportion to the rest of her body. If you’re not quite her height, ask your stylist to take a couple of inches off the bottom.
Christa B. Allen’s bangs create perfect proportions across her face. This is an ideal long haircut for women with an oblong face. Her thick, blunt-cut bangs basically cut a third of the length off, which is definitely a good thing if you want to minimize the look of oblong features. Her bangs are also flawlessly proportioned for her facial width.
Heavier bangs could have made her face look too narrow but she got the balance perfectly with this look. Shorter fringe could have made her face look long as well but, of course, Christa’s length is perfect!
Kelly Rowland has done an amazing job at creating the illusion of fullness around her face. She has just the perfect amount of volume around the sides. It’s a style that would work basically anytime, anywhere. She dressed it up with statement earrings and a bold lip but it would work just as well with jeans and a tee.
Her hair is on the verge of being too long for an oblong face, but she makes it work by not creating too much body at the ends. The side swept bang is the perfect finishing touch for any facial shape.
Tyra Banks is known for her oblong face. She has never been shy about having what she calls a ‘massively long’ forehead. Being a model for so long, she has had just about every hair style out there, so if you are dealing with a similar issue, she is your go-to source for inspiration. Here she does nothing to cover up the length of her face, but she still manages to create an amazing balance.
By adding so much volume in every direction, her face looks rounder and more in proportion to the length. It would definitely be a high maintenance look for anyone with straight hair, but it’s a perfect long haircut for women with curly locks.
If you want a straight look, here’s the Tyra style for you. It’s very similar to Christa B. Allen’s blunt cut style, but a bit shorter with slightly heavier bangs. They are both great styles, but it ultimately comes down to your unique facial shape. Since Tyra’s face is a bit longer and narrower than Christa B. Allen’s, she needs a heavier bang to get it in balance.
Christa’s face is more similar to an oval shape so she can get away with a slightly lighter bang, while Tyra looks better with a thick, heavy cut fringe.
We never said that Tyra could do no wrong! Even though the last two looks were amazing, this is a definite DON’T. In general terms, this is a perfectly fine hairstyle, but it just doesn’t work for her oblong face. Obviously, Tyra is a supermodel, so she still looks pretty gorgeous, but the point of a haircut should be to flatter your face.
Simply changing this hairstyle to a side part would have made all of the difference. Center parts are ideal for making your face look thinner but that’s just not what most women with oblong faces want.
While Ashlee Simpson’s hair color and style aren’t a FAIL, it’s just too long for her. A haircut that would reach her collarbones or maybe a couple of inches beyond that would look great on her, but it’s too much in its current style. It’s important to avoid making oblong faces look longer than they actually are.
By creating so much length below her chin, it just extends her face too far. Her actual hair might not be too much longer than Gisele’s, but Ashlee’s small frame just gets swallowed up by her hair. But she just needs to lose a few inches, and then it would be flawless!
Liv Tyler has had some amazing hairstyles, but this isn’t one of them. While she has some volume in her hair, it’s a case of too little, too late. By adding all of the bulk to the ends of her hair, it’s making her face look longer, which is what most of us with oblong faces are trying to avoid.
If she had added a few layers along the sides or even just set in a few more curls higher up the strands, it would have balanced out her style. Her current style is far too weighed down and just does nothing for her.
Sarah Jessica Parker is known for her amazing style and wild curly locks, but you’d never know it from looking at this picture. Her haircut is just plain a size too small for her. It pulls and pokes out like a bad wig. The bangs are far too short for an oblong face and the way that they are swept to the side just makes the cut itself look awkward and last minute.
Of course, side swept bangs are great for nearly any facial shape, but length is really key to creating a perfect fringe. It’s totally possible that her bangs look great styled differently, but they are way too short to be swept away like this.
Sorry, Ashlee! You just can’t catch a break today. First we said your hair was too long and now it’s too high. While Ashlee is trying a totally different strategy, she’s having the same problem. Her proportions are way off.
By adding height to her crown and slicking the rest of the hair away from her face, she is making her face look longer than it is. Her statement earrings are only hurting her case as well. If she wanted to make her face look thinner, she would have played every trick in the book perfectly, but that’s just not what you want for oblong faces.
Establishing your face shape is mostly all about proportions. If your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are all about the same width, you’ve probably got a square shaped face. Be careful though, round faces have the same measures, so you do have to consider your features as well.
Square shaped faces are characterized by angular, sharp features. If your nose and jawline are soft and rounded, you probably have a round shaped face. Check out pics of celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Isabella Rossellini, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Richie and Olivia Wilde. They all have square faces. In fact, you’ll see this facial shape on tons of models and celebs because it’s incredibly photogenic.
Lily Aldridge has totally mastered this style. It’s a favorite look among lingerie models because it’s sexy, feminine and ultra-flattering. There are a few unique features that Lily has added to flatter her square face. The placement of her longest layer is truly key to making this style work.
The bulk of her hair falls directly below her chin, which creates a sleek look over the widest part of her face. By having all of her waves below her chin level, she’s creating the illusion of a longer, more delicate face. The addition of wide, feminine curls also softens her look.
Nicole Richie is a master of flattering a square face. Her whole look totally transformed the moment she got bangs. She went from the sort of girl you’d find standing around the outside of a club to a serious fashionista. She knows fringe now, and she does it well.
The secret to her success is her subtle transition zone at the side of her bangs. Because the outside edges of her fringe are slightly longer than the center of it, the transition from long layers to bangs is seamless. It creates a perfect amount of volume to balance out a strong jawline.
Olivia Wilde has a very strong jawline and she OWNS it. She always works with her square face rather than against it. Unlike a lot of women with strong facial features, she doesn’t try to hide what she’s got. Her hair is always simple and low-key. Her trademark long bob works perfectly with her square face.
The long, thick strands hang in panels on either side of her face and create the illusion of length. They frame her face and distract from the width of her forehead, cheekbones and jaw. If you have straight or wavy hair and want a low maintenance style, a long bob was made for you.
Up dos can be tricky with square faces. Jennifer Lawrence’s low chignon does a perfect job at getting the hair out of her face while keeping it chic. Pulling long hair into a high top knot can make strong facial features look exaggerated. This is definitely not the look that you’re going for. Jennifer does everything right with this low chignon.
The side swept bangs create a line across her forehead to make it look narrower. Pushing her low chignon off to the side adds weight and volume under her ears, which is perfect for offsetting her strong jawline.
Lucy Liu knows what works for her. She has had her hair in this style for years, because it works! It’s a timeless hair style and it’s perfect for her. While change might be tempting, don’t fix what isn’t broken! This cut has all of the same flattering features of Olivia Wilde’s long bob. The long, straight layers create the illusion of length while balancing out her strong features. This is really one of the best long haircuts for women with square faces.
You might need a few tweaks to make it suit curly hair, but women with wavy or straight hair can just bring this pic to their stylist.
Jessica Alba’s style illustrates exactly what you don’t want from your fringe. Nothing about this look is working for her. Having bangs this heavy totally exaggerates her square face shape. Her square shaped bangs make her face look like a box. That is probably not the look that you’re going for. If you want fringe, take a cue from Nicole Richie. Her bangs are perfectly proportioned.
The biggest difference between Nicole’s style and Jessica’s cut is simply the volume. Jessica’s bangs are far too bulky. Since she’s got such strong facial features, she looks far better with more delicate hairstyles.
Angelina Jolie is a beauty icon. Her face is flawless and well deserving of a flaunt, but this look is hard to pull off, even for her. Slicking your hair away from your face puts every last flaw on display. Her hair also has a boxy quality that only amplifies the square shape of her face.
While the volume is great, this style really needs a few face framing layers to make it flattering. Just adding a side swept bang even would totally transform the look. The best long hairstyles for women with a square face need to be less structured and severe.
Olivia Wilde’s pulled back hairstyle has all of the issues Angelina Jolie’s slicked back look has. It’s far too severe of a look for Olivia’s strong features. The one thing that is helping her style a little bit is the fact that she has upped the volume on top. If she had decided to go a little further with that, this could be an amazing look.
Creating volume at the crown will elongate your face. And a little extra length is definitely the dream for all of us square-shaped gals. If you want to pull your hair up and aren’t digging the low chignon, go for an up do with height.
A severe cut paired with strong facial features is definitely a DON’T. These bangs are too short for any adult woman and they are a truly awful choice for Rosario Dawson. Her natural beauty and strong features are overshadowed by the fact that her hair looks like it belongs on a child. It makes all of her features look completely out of proportion.
Bangs can be perfect for women with square faces, but these are most definitely not the style you want. Again, look to Nicole Richie for bang inspiration and never let anyone talk you into baby bangs.
While Rosario Dawson’s haircut is bad, Bai Ling’s style is much, MUCH worse. In a way, I think that it was supposed to be bad. It’s just that bad. Bai Ling is known for her unique style that is typically more based around loud statement fashion than wearable, flattering styles.
This cut is bizarrely choppy and there is no point of transition between the fringe and the rest of the haircut. The most flattering look would be to go for something longer on the edges than it is in the middle. She also needs about another inch of length for any of this to work.
Congrats! You have what is probably the most wanted facial shape of them all. It’s a pretty exclusive club with some of the most stunning women in the world. Charlize Theron, Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, Beyoncé, Eva Mendes, Rihanna, Kate Middleton, and Jessica Alba all have oval shaped faces.
It’s one of the easiest face shapes to work with because everything is already pretty much in balance, so you aren’t trying to enhance or minimize anything. An oval shaped face is characterized by a width that is about a third of the length. In other words, your face should be three times longer that it is wide.
Brooklyn Decker has the perfect beach waves. Her long, layered locks are pretty much universally flattering. On top of that, the darker color of the bottom layer creates a rich depth that a lot of blondes are lacking. This is an ideal long hairstyle for women with oval faces because it’s not too long. Any style that falls to your cleavage or beyond can make your face look longer than it is.
While it’s great to have some length to your face, you don’t want to overdo it and create the illusion of an overly elongated face. Beyond that, pretty much any length will suit you, so go anywhere from a pixie to Brooklyn Decker length hair.
Taylor Swift makes bangs looks seriously chic. Her fringe never looks like it belongs in elementary school. Her blunt cut bangs are just thick enough to cover her entire forehead, yet they don’t overwhelm her face. They have just a touch of roundness and the perfect amount of volume.
They are ever so slightly layered so that they create a seamless connection to her hair. If you are a fringe newbie, bring this pic to your stylist and try to master the art of the bang, Taylor-style. It doesn’t really matter how the rest of your hair is styled, these bangs will keep you looking sharp.
If you have an oval shaped faced and love fringe, Sienna Miller should be your go-to source of inspiration. She is yet another master of the fringe. She has done just about every style of bang out there, so it’s well worth reviewing some of her old pics. Her curtain bangs are the PERFECT solution if you aren’t really sure if you want to take the plunge again.
The curtain-style closure allows you to wear them as a full across-the-forehead fringe or brush them off to the side. If you want to have your cake and eat it too, this is your style.
I am a little hesitant to recommend this. Most Bettie Page ‘dos look downright embarrassing in real life. They are typically costumes posing as hairstyles and are often a clear indication that you most definitely do try too hard. That said, if you must do the Bettie Page ‘do, take a cue from Krysten Ritter. Her oval shaped face is a perfect canvas and the fact that her hair isn’t overly styled makes the style very doable.
She keeps some choppiness to her fringe so that it doesn’t overwhelm her face. She’s pushing a dark color with very pale skin but she’s making it work by adding shades of life to her lips and cheeks. A truly fresh and impressive take on an old idea.
On the other side of the spectrum is Kylie Minogue’s long bob. More than anything else, it just works. It works for straight, wavy or curly hair. It works for thick or thin hair. It looks amazing with a blowout and not too damn bad when you just step out of bed in the morning.
It’s a low-maintenance, universally flattering cut and you have to love it for that. It’s long enough to stick into a ponytail, but short enough that you can wash it, dry it and style it faster than Brooklyn Decker would run a comb through her locks.
Amanda Seyfried’s hair has a lot of potential. Sadly, much of that potential is wasted. This could be the perfect style for someone with a square or a round face, but it’s just too much for an oval face. As an oval-faced gal, your only weakness is hair that’s too long. This creates too much length to an oval face.
That’s great if you’re trying to overcompensate for a square jaw or round cheeks but oval-faced women don’t need to do that. So, with this style, you take a perfectly balanced face and throw it out of whack.
If you go to that cheap hair salon in the strip mall that’s always giving out coupons, they might look at that photo of Krysten Ritter’s Bettie Page ‘do, and give you this haircut. Katy Perry’s hairstyle is fine for Katy Perry. Bras made out of whip cream are fine for Katy Perry. But they are not fine for you.
This isn’t a real haircut for anyone to wear on a daily basis. This is a style that works for a stage. Do not try this at home. Go for Krysten Ritter’s look or add an inch to the bangs.
If you do decide to go for that Katy Perry ‘do or if you end up trying to cut your bangs at home alone after a few glasses of wine, know when to call it quits. Never try to fix your hair by cutting it more. At a certain point, you’ll need to call for professional help.
There are some things that a stylist can fix that you just can’t deal with on your own. Whatever you do, don’t try to fix your fringe by going shorter with it. I can only guess that the normally chic Marion Cotillard cut her bangs so short out of desperation to fix a haircut gone wrong.
Like Amanda Seyfried’s ultra-long locks, Carly Rae Jepsen’s heavy hair creates a problem where there wasn’t one. Having an oval face is a blessing! Appreciate your good fortune and don’t throw your perfectly balanced face out of proportion. Carly has far too much hair with this style. It completely overwhelms her face and looks high maintenance in the worst kind of way.
A quick tango with thinning shears could change everything for this style. The foundation of the style is fine. It’s really just about clearing it up with trimming off some weight. If you have thick hair, be wary of anything this blunt.
Ultimately, women with oval shaped faces will look great with just about any hairstyle. Your face is perfectly balanced and the world is your oyster! Since you don’t need to accentuate or gloss over any of your features, let your hair be the guide to your style. Don’t try to force your hair into being something that it’s not.
If you have curly hair, let it be curly most of the time. If you have fine hair, don’t overwhelm it with extensions. It’s great to experiment, but it’s important to know your hair’s limits so that you don’t totally fry it, or create a completely unnatural looking style.
A lot of women mistakenly think that they have a round face when they don’t. Your facial shape isn’t all about your jawline. Having a double chin (or imagining that you have a double chin because of that one horrible pic your friend posted of you last week) doesn’t mean that you have a round face. In very technical terms, having a round face means that your face is just as wide as it is long. If you’re not sure, grab a measuring tape!
Kate Upton does an amazing job at balancing out her round face with big, voluminous curls. They add the perfect amount of volume without adding width to her face. Because women with round faces typically have weak jawlines, it’s better to draw attention away from the jaw. Kate nails it by adding volume at her crown and down around her collarbones.
If you want to make your face look narrower, try to keep the weight of your hair at the top and at the ends. The best hairstyles for women with round faces are always almost below the shoulder.
This is how sleek hair should look on women with round faces. Everything about this style suits Kirsten Dunst perfectly. The side swept bangs are incredibly flattering and go a long way in making her wide cheeks look narrower. Her hair is straight but it’s got just enough volume to give it body and keep it from sticking too close to her face (which just doesn’t flatter anyone with any facial shape).
The high part on one side makes her face look longer than it is, which is perfect for her. If you want a slimming look, copy this and consider upping the ante by adding a clip above your ear to emphasize the side part.
Mila Kunis knows what works for her. She’s simply got great hair. It’s always glossy and full of life. The long layers perfectly suit her round face. She always adds just a bit of volume at the crown to create the illusion of height to make her face look longer than it is.
The long layers work to trim down her wide cheeks and create balance. While side parts are often the default style for women with round faces, she’s able to pull off a center part flawlessly by adding just the right amount of volume.
While Olivia Munn’s style looks stunning on her, it’s not necessarily perfect for every woman with a round face. Even if two women have the exact same facial shape, there are still more variables. For example, this style would totally not suit Kirsten Dunst. Because Kirsten’s hair is finer and her face is a bit wider than Olivia’s, her hair would look far too flat.
Olivia looks amazing because her face is round but not as wide as some women’s. Her hair is also incredibly lush so she’s got volume without layering. That said, if you’ve got thick hair, you should definitely give this look a try!
I am in love with Drew Barrymore’s sex kitten look here. She is channeling Brigitte Bardot flawlessly. While a lot of up dos can make your face look wider, this look is chic and flattering. By adding volume at the crown, Drew is making her face look longer (and thereby, less wide). Her deep part and side swept bangs also cut across her face and make her full cheeks look slimmed down.
This look would work with pretty much any hair type and facial shape, so it’s all around great. Top that off with the fact that you can probably master it in ten minutes, and you’ve got yourself a new favorite style.
Here’s a throwback for you! We probably shouldn’t single Kate out for this fashion faux pas since she was probably 14 years old in this pic but… we’re shameless! This is an important style lesson because it’s a beauty rut that too many women fall into.
While it’s true that long layers will make your face look longer and slimmer, that’s only true if you DO something with them. Kate’s long, lackluster locks are doing nothing whatsoever for her. By hanging there lifelessly, they are actually making her face look rounder than it actually is.
Dealing with a completely opposite problem, Adele’s hair is in overload. You might think that having big hair will make your face look smaller in comparison, but you need to know when to say when. A little volume is great, but Adele’s hair is completely overwhelming her.
The exact same hairstyle could look stunning… if you just cut the volume in half. It’s a bit much for an award show and it would look like a flat-out costume if you wore it in real life. Remember, less is more sometimes. Drop the hairspray and let your hair fall in a somewhat natural fashion.
Kaley Cuoco is dealing with a little excess weight around her ears as well. It’s definitely more toned down than Adele’s look but it’s still not a hairstyle for women with round faces. This look would be perfect for someone with an oblong face but it adds far too much volume for Kaley. The last thing that she should go for is a round hairstyle.
If you want to make your face look narrower, avoid adding bulk around your cheeks. Steal a move from Kate Upton and focus on creating volume and movement around your shoulders to create the illusion of a longer face.
While a center part can flatter women with round faces, it’s important to add some long layers around the sides to counterbalance it. A little wispy bit of hair around her cheeks could work for Kelly Clarkson if she had a side part but it’s just not flattering with a center part. She could also take advantage of the half up do by adding some more volume at the crown.
Like Drew Barrymore’s Bardot ‘do, that would make her face look longer and narrower. So, remember, if you want to smooth out the sides of a round face, you must choose: center part OR wispy sides.
We really do love Kaley Cuoco’s hair sometimes. This is not one of those times. Kaley scores another FAIL with this 1990s wig-inspired ‘do. She is definitely dealing with some wispy hairs that should have never been razor cut. If there is one takeaway message, it’s this: balance is crucial! If you have very soft facial features, you want your hairstyle to be structured and sleek.
There is a place and a time for feminine styles like Drew Barrymore’s Bardot style, but you can’t let them get too soft. Focus on sleek, controlled volume to create the perfect contrast to a rounded face.
Before we look at cuts, let’s chat about terminology. There are triangle faces and there are inverted triangle faces. It’s easy to mix up the terms, but the shapes are totally different. An inverted triangle shape has all of the characteristics of a heart shaped face. Technically speaking, a heart shaped face must have a widow’s peak, so that’s the distinction between the two shapes.
Triangle shaped face is also known as pear shaped face, because it’s bottom heavy. Check out pics of celebs like Kelly Osbourne, Raven Symone and Minnie Driver for examples. You’ll notice that they all have narrow foreheads and wide jawlines.
Sofia Bush’s blunt cut bangs are flawless. This look is easily one of the most flattering haircuts for women with triangle shaped faces. Because of her narrow forehead, lush fringe is perfect for her. Her bangs add weight to the upper part of her face. This is very much a good thing because it balances out her strong jawline.
By adding a strong horizontal line at the top, her face looks much more rounded than it actually is. The length is also perfect because it adds weight below her jaw line to create an all-over balance to her face.
If you have a triangle shaped face and don’t have bangs yet, it’s time to fall in love with the fringe. They truly are the key to creating a balance between a narrow forehead and a strong jaw. Jenna Ushkowitz’s curtain bangs are another perfect example of how to work with a triangle shaped face.
If you don’t love the idea of having thick bangs on your forehead 24/7, go for curtain bangs. They’ll create weight and volume on either side of your forehead, while staying super low maintenance. Jenna’s layers are also done to perfection. They fall below her jaw line, which is exactly what you want to create a balanced look.
For our last example of crave-worthy bangs check out Ali Larter. Her overgrown fringe and straight locks are the epitome of a carefree chic style. Her cut is low maintenance, flattering and timeless. You don’t need heavy fringe to flatter a triangle shaped face.
You just need to add volume in the right spots. By pushing her bangs off to the sides, she creates the illusion of width at the top of her face. Her bangs fall slightly below her brows and that’s important. By having her fringe touch the top of her cheeks, the continuous line makes her face look rounder than it really is.
Hate bangs? Look to Kelly Osbourne for inspiration. Kelly’s face is the perfect example of a triangle shaped face. It’s really a textbook case of the pear and she’s had nearly every hairstyle there is. If you are bored with your ‘do and aren’t sure what you want, let Kelly be your guide. Her top knot here is perfect for her face shape.
Rather than covering anything up, she piles all of her hair on top. By doing this, she is creating the illusion of a longer face. Adding height to your hair is always a good thing when you want an elongated look.
Has Minnie Driver ever looked better than she does here? This is THE ideal cut for her. Her side swept bangs create the illusion of width at the side of her narrow forehead, while creating balance with her strong jaw line. Her hair has exactly the right amount of volume to add fullness without overwhelming her face. The soft look of her curls is an amazing finishing touch. It makes her strong facial features look soft and feminine.
When you have sharp features, it’s important to avoid creating lines that are too harsh. Since Minnie’s jaw is so heavy, her stylist has created soft lines around it, giving her face a less severe look.
Nicole Richie normally has amazing style, but this look just isn’t doing her any favors. The side swept bang could be flattering, but the way that her hair is layered and styled is just all wrong. The flipped out layers make her face look wider than it is. When you have a triangle shaped face, it’s important to try to create smooth lines below your cheekbones to establish the illusion of length.
Curling her layers inward could look good, but these flipped out locks just look outdated and don’t do anything for her. While she does have a strong jaw line, it normally isn’t noticeable with her other cuts, so look at her other styles if you want inspiration.
You can’t always win! While Jenna Ushkowitz looked amazing with a very similar style, this look just isn’t working for her. When you have a triangle shaped face, it’s important to avoid creating a triangle shape with your hair. There is just nothing flattering about that.
By parting her hair in the center, she has made her forehead look narrower than it actually is. Her pared down forehead just makes her jawline look more prominent too. It’s a vicious cycle, but the whole look could be turned around with a simple change in her part.
Yet another fall from grace! Just like Jenna Ushkowitz, Minnie Driver sabotaged her style with a center part. The parting mistake combined with the fact that the bulk of her hair is sitting above her jaw line just exaggerated her facial shape. There are a few different two-second fixes that could really help her look. She could create a deep side part or even just pull down a few strands of hair along the sides, so that there is something below her jaw line.
When you have a triangle shaped face it’s important to avoid creating too much bulk around the sides of your face. It’ll exaggerate the width and just generally isn’t a good look.
I think this might be a wig. At least I hope so. Kelly Osbourne seems to have fallen into the tiny wig trap. This wig probably looked adorable on the mannequin, but it’s just too small for her head. If she could find something a size bigger, it might look great. She only needs a few more millimeters of fringe and about two or three inches more of the length at the bottom.
As it stands, her hair literally is serving as an arrow to the very widest part of her face. When you have a wide, strong jawline like triangle shaped ladies do, it really is important to keep your hair below your chin.
It’s hard to imagine that someone with purple hair could look like a schoolmarm. This look is just WAY too severe. This style might work for someone trying to add some structure around a round face, but it’s way too harsh looking for a triangle shaped face. Kelly Osbourne’s top knot wasn’t that different in style terms, but it created a completely different look.
This bun is simply too uptight for her. She might be able to pull off the stick straight bangs if she messed up the bun or vice versa. The bangs are actually well styled but they are just too much together with the tight ballerina bun.