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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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