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Find the Perfect Haircut for Your Face Shape

Updated on July 25, 2015


  • Have someone take a picture of you straight-on. No tilting or angling your face!
  • Ask around
  • (Warning: A Bit Messy) Use any eyeliner, stand in front of a mirror, and trace the outline of your face. Once you decide which face shape you are, wet a paper towel and clean it off!

Finding Your Face Shape

If you're not sure what your face shape is, don't stress! There are a lot of ways to see what your face shape is, and keep in mind that your face doesn't have to look exactly like the shape used to describe it. I am a round/heart face shape, so it's okay if you can't choose one.

The (most general) kinds of face shapes are:

  • Round
  • Heart
  • Square
  • Oval

Also, remember that these are just for inspiration: feel free to use the haircut ideas for square faces even if you identify as an oval face shape!

A Few Great Looks!

Long Layers
Soft, Side Bang Pixie
Wavy Ends
Long Bob ("lob")
Pixie Cut
Bouncy Bob
Long and Straight*
*** Oval face shapes are very
Blunt Bangs
Long Layered Waves*
Tousled "Shag"
versatile! An extra tip is to accentuate
Sweeping/Angled Bob
Deep Side Part
Long Bangs
your cheekbones
(I will be going over the bolded ones a little more in depth) * The texture part is optional- it will just help soften out angles a little more and help balance your face

Round Face

Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis

Long Layers & Why They Work

I do not have long layers anymore, but I remember when I did I loved the way they looked on me. Personally, I would recommend starting the layers lower than your chin and making sure they aren't too different in length.

The reason I loved my long layers was because they balanced out my face so well, and I recently discovered why: they draw the eye away from the face and downwards, which can have a lengthening effect. Also, layers curve inwards on their own, which is a bonus because it will help to show off your other features.

Example: Heart Shaped Face

Annasophia Robb
Annasophia Robb

Long Layered Waves + Deep Side Part

It's safe to say that Annasophia Robb looks great with all of the haircuts she's tried, and here's why the long layered waves and deep side part works for her and all heart face shaped. Waves are soft, so immediately they soften the chin; an extra note is that if you prefer bobs, go for it! Soft, wavy, below-the-shoulder bobs look great on heart shapes too. As for the part, the deep side part helps to show off the cheekbones and open up the face, which helps to really put a spotlight on other features.

Example: Square Face

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

Example: Oval Face

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston

Tousled "Shag" & Why It Works

So, when I hear the word shag, I think of the really piecey and short haircuts that were popular in around 2000. But, don't fear, because the tousled shag is really just a haircut that is very textured and has a lot of varying lengths of hair. Shoulder-length tousled shags are very chic and look beautiful, so don't be shy to get your hair cut this way. (When asking your barber for this cut, be sure to be specific!)

The medium length tousled shag is great for square faces because it frames the face and softens it out because all of the layers.

The Long Bob & Why It Works

Oval face shapes look amazing with all different kinds of haircuts! But, if you're looking for something simple, try the "lob".

Besides being super cute and very effortlessly chic, the long bob will keep the balance of your face in check and it will not mask or distract the eye from your other features.

Which face shape are you?

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    • Emmalee Moore profile imageAUTHOR

      Emmalee Moore 

      3 years ago

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, thumbi7 ! I hope this helped you and your daughter:)

    • thumbi7 profile image

      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      I liked the hair cut tips given here

      In fact we were searching for a style for my daughter.

      She right now has a long bob and her face is oval


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