Hairstyles for your face shape

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There's nothing like a great new haircut to boost your self confidence. Before you book your next hair appointment, make sure you know what styles suit your face shape - and the ones that don't!

Heart-shaped face
If your face is wide at the eyes and narrows at the jaw-line with a prominent pointed chin, you have a heart-shaped face. Go for chin-length or long styles with a flicked-out or sweeping fringe to draw attention to your cheekbones and eyes, and away from your chin. Avoid shorter cuts that draw attention to the upper head, blunt-cut fringes and harsh, choppy layers. Celebs with a heart-shaped face include Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon and Sophie Dahl.

Square-shaped face
If you have a wide face with an angular jaw-line and square hairline, you have a square-shaped face.Large, bouncy curls are great for softening the angular features of a square face. Long, choppy layers that start at the chin will also help soften a strong jaw-line. Avoid chin-length bobs and straight-cut fringes that accentuate the strong lines of your face. Celebs with a square-shaped face include Minnie Driver, Demi Moore and Renée Zellweger.

Round-shaped face
If you have a wide face, a rounded chin and hairline and cheeks, you have a round-shaped face. Go for soft, graduated layers that will make your face appear slimmer. Fringes can work well, but make sure to choose a long, wispy style rather than a blunt cut. Avoid styles that make the face seem rounder – curly styles, short cuts or one-length blunt cuts. Celebs with a round-shaped face include Kate Bosworth, Cameron Diaz, and Kirsten Dunst.

Oblong-shaped face
If your face is long and slender and about the same width at the forehead and just below the cheekbones, you have an oblong-shaped face. Go for styles that will help widen your face, such as a chin-length bob or soft glamour puss curls and a wispy fringe. Avoid long straight hair that can drag the face down. If you love long hair, ask for a cut that is long at the back but shorter around the face. Layers that fall level with the chin or collarbone work best. Celebs with an oblong-shaped face include Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashlee Simpson, and Cate Blanchett.

Oval-shaped face
If the length of your face is about one and half times its width you have an oval-shaped face. Most styles will suit an oval-shaped face. Elfin short, long and flowing, straight or curly – you can wear them all. Avoid anything that elongates the face, such as dead-straight long hair or short layers that add height to the top of your head. Celebs with an oval-shaped face< include Kate Hudson, Keira Knightly, and Natalie Imbruglia.

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