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Friday, 8 March 2013

The Best Haircuts for Your Facial Shape

No matter your face shape — round, oval, square, heart or long — there will be haircuts that look lovely on you, and a few that aren’t so flattering… unless you have an oval facial shape, in which case you look good in almost everything. But to find your best haircut, first you have to know your face shape!
Look at the picture below to see which face most resembles yours, and find out which haircut work best for you.

1. The Heart Shaped Face
Your chin tends to be the focal point of your face, but you should draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead with side-swept bangs, a brow-grazing fringe, or a strong part, all paired with hair that falls at or below your jaw line. Short hair tends to look great on heart-shaped faces as well, especially the pixie hairstyle, bob. Keep top layers soft and long. For longer hair, go for a long bob or long layers that graze your cheek bones. Ashley Greene, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Bilson, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Katharine McPhee, Eva Longoria, Jessica Stroup, Jennifer Lawrence and Dianna Agron all have heart shaped faces.
Best styles for a heart shaped face:
Blunt, wispy bangs
Bouncy bob
Deep side part
Face framing layers
Long, piecey bangs
Lob (long bob)
Loose waves
Sleek crop
Avoid: short, blunt-cut bangs and harsh, choppy layers

2. The Square Shaped Face
If you have a square face, you’re lucky! Some of the most famous faces today, like Keira Knightley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Claire Danes, Gisele Bündchen, Rosario Dawson, Olivia Wilde, Anna Paquin and Helena Christensen, have strong, angular jaw lines and there’s a claim that people with square faces photograph the best and tend to age well. If you have a square face, you’ll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls, angled cut or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long styles with layers that start at the jaw line and continue downward.
Best styles for a square shaped face:
Angled bob
Asymmetrical layers
Eye-skimming bangs
Graduated layers
Long layers
Off-center part
Voluminous bob
Avoid: one-length bob and wide, blunt bangs. These will only highlight your angular features more harshly rather than downplay them softly.

3. The Round Shaped Face
Round faces tend to be soft with non-angular features and full cheeks. You may find you have more of a round face when you carry extra weight, but keep in mind many classic round-faced women are super thin and still have non-angular features. Typically, if you have a round face, you want to make your face appear longer and leaner and less round. To do this, create less volume around the face by trying cuts that fall just below the chin like the long bob hairstyle. Soft, graduated layers like the ones found in this shoulder-length hairstyles gallery are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends like Rihanna’s bob hairstyle. The wisps de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Grow your curls out to shoulder-length or beyond or gently flat iron them. For round shaped faced, when it comes to bangs, play it safe and keep them long or side-swept. Ema Stone, Adele, Penelope Cruz, Kirsten Dunst, Lauren Conrad and Ginnifer Goodwin all have round shaped faces.
Best styles for a round shaped face:
Asymmetrical bob
Mixed-length layers
Voluminous lob
Tapered Pixie
Long, barely there layers
Long choppy bangs
Side-swept bangs
Avoid: one-length, blunt cuts such as the classic bob hairstyle if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also not a good idea.

4. The Diamond Shaped Face
You have a diamond face if you are widest at your cheekbones, and your jaw line and forehead are the same length. The hairstyles that look great on you also look great on square face shapes, so see the paragraph above to find out which hairstyles work best for you.
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5. The Oblong Shaped Face
Oblong (long) face shapes are longer than wide. The perfect haircut for people with long shaped faces is one that doesn’t drag down the face, yet adds width. Bangs can be great because they can hide a larger forehead, so try brow-skimming, side-swept bangs or blunt bangs.  Chin-length bobs are also ideal for you because they create the illusion of width. Just make sure your stylist cuts the hair a bit shorter in the back so it doesn’t look too “boring”. Voluminous curls and waves work well because they add width to the face. Long layers work best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped style where the length is mainly in the back, while the sides and front of your hair appear shorter. Also consider adding wave or curls to the hair with a curling iron. Courtney Cox, Liv Tyler, Iman, Megan Fox,  Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashley Simpson, Kate Beckinsale and Heidi Montag all have oblong shaped faces.
Best styles for a long face:
Brow-skimming bangs
Blunt bangs
Chin length bob
Long layers in v shape
Side-swept bangs
Voluminous waves
Avoid: extremely long hair, because hair that is too long, can drag the face down and make it seem even longer. Whatever is longer than the collarbone is not good. Also avoid major super short pixie cuts.

6. The Oval Shaped Face
You’re an oval if the length of your face equals 1 1/2 times the width of your face. Stop for a second and congratulate yourself. You’ve landed the most versatile face shape. You can wear almost any hairstyle. Just be careful, because with a bad haircut, your face can start to look long. Again, the oval face is the most versatile shape, and you can pull off almost any look, whether it is short or long, straight or wavy or even one of the funkier, edgier hairstyles. To find your most flattering style, consider your best feature and emphasize and highlight it with your cut. If you have a good bone structure, consider an angular bob that shows off your chin. If you have blue or green eyes, blunt or side-swept bangs are a great bet. Try a shoulder-length cut or consider going even longer to weigh down curls. Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton, Kate Hudson, Emily Blunt, Emma Watson, Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Mila Kunis, Elizabeth Olsen have oval shaped faces.
Best styles for an oval shaped face:
Boho waves
Curtain effect framing
Curved bangs
Easy-going side sweep
Grown out pixie
Long layered curls
Shaggy bob
Shoulder-length waves
Straight with lift
Avoid: short layers that add height on top of your head. Aside from being dated, short layers can make your face appear long. Also, if your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut. Your face will take on a pyramid shape. If you have curly hair, short hair is generally a not so good idea.

Remember to feel beautiful every day!
Fashion blogger: Elle B.

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