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Foxy Fringe: How to Find the Best Bangs for your Face!

November 5, 2010

Bangs are a great way to switch up your style without risking too much. They work for just about any hair texture, but you’ll need to study the shape of your face to pick your perfect cut – side-swept, straight-across, or blunt fringe?

The right bangs accentuate your prettiest features and hide what you don’t like. If your cheeks are just a little too round (like mine), a long, side-swept style and curved shape help to elongate your face. If you have a square jaw, bangs cut heavy on the sides and feathery in the center help to even out your angular features. Read on for more ideas on how to choose the best bangs for your gorgeous face!

Round:

Good news for those of us with oh-so-squeezable cheeks – round faces hide signs of aging better than any other shape. For now, though, bangs are a great way to elongate your full features. Go for side-swept instead of straight-across, and keep the bangs long and layered into your hair to minimize roundness. Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams and Cameron Diaz all rock long, side-swept, slightly uneven bangs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Square:

Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie all rock long, eye-grazing fringe to soften their angular features. If your face shape is on the square side like these ladies, have your stylist cut blunt bangs straight across your forehead.  Ask for a heavier cut on the sides and a wispy center – this will draw attention up towards your eyes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart-Shaped:

Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes and Rachel McAdams are some of Hollywood’s hottest hairstyle icons, and all three have classic heart-shaped faces. Since a heart-shaped face looks just how it sounds (wide forehead, pointy chin), your bangs should draw attention up towards the eyes. Go for a wispy, side-swept, brow-skimming style to downplay your angular chin:

 

 

Oval:

Pretty much any style of bangs work for those of you with an oval face shape. One of the most flattering looks is a straight-across, blunt cut that hits below the brow. An oval face is seen as the ideal shape, but if your face is a bit on the longer side, have your stylist add width at the sides to make your face appear more symmetrical. Jessica Alba and Ashlee Simpson both rock long, below-the-brow fringe:

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