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How To Find the Perfect Part For Your Face Shape

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    If your face shape is round, part your hair down the middle or with a deep side part. Keep clicking to find out why…

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    “If you have a round shape, the ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part,” Fowler says. “Both of these parts will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face.”
     

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    Fowler warns against adding too many layers to your hairstyle if your face shape is round: “Add just enough to slim the face.”

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    “Short hairstyles are great with for this face shape!” Fowler says.

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    If your face shape is square, try a side part with bangs. Keep clicking to find out why…

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    Fowler says that a soft, sideswept part with bangs will add softness to square-faced ladies. 

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    “You don’t want to make the part too deep—this will accentuate [the angles] of a square face,” says Fowler.

     

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    Instead, show just enough skin on your forehead and allow your bangs to offset your angled jawline.

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    Oval-faced ladies can pull off pretty much any part. Keep clicking to find out why…

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    Fowler says the most “ideal” face shape for any part is the oval shaped face.

    (Click here to find out how to recreate Jessica Biel's gorgeous Cleopatra-inspired look!)

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    “[An oval face shape] allows you to try a middle, side, or deep part—and you will rock every single one!”

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    If you have an oval-shaped face, play around with your part and mix things up. It will make a bigger difference than you think!

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    Try a deep side part if you have a heart-shaped face. Here’s why…

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    Fowler says a deep side part will break up the chin line, which can be pointy if you have a heart shaped face.

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    “You want to soften your cheek bones as well,” Fowler says. “A deep side part will brush softly against your face and give this illusion.”

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    If your hair naturally parts down the middle, create a side part by parting your hair while it is wet, then applying a gel to hold the new part in place. Then, use a fine-toothed comb to direct your hair in the new direction as you blow dry.

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    If you have a diamond-shaped face, you want to stay away from short bangs and stick to side parts. Keep clicking to find out why…

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    “A side part really compliments your strong cheekbones and bone structure,” Fowler remarks. 

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    Fowler says shorter hairstyles work best for this look, since diamond-shaped ladies have smaller foreheads—anything too long and dramatic will overshadow your face.

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    Blow-dry your hair to the side with a round brush, lifting and curling as your go for major volume at the roots. 

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    A middle part is most ideal for oblong faces—here’s why…

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    Fowler suggests a middle part to add the illusion of roundness to oblong faces.

     

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    “Bangs also work very well for this look because they help shorten the long face shape,” Fowler says.

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    She recommends asking for a haircut with layers to bring out your cheekbones and strong jaw line.

     

    CTA: Now that you’ve got your hair covered, click here to find out how to apply blush for your face shape!

Now that you’ve figured out your face shape, it’s time to put that knowledge to good use. We spoke with celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler (she’s responsible for Olivia Munn’s perfectly chopped locks) and asked for her advice on finding the most flattering part for the shape of your face. Turns out, a simple update to your part can elongate your features, bring out your cheekbones, soften sharp angles, and more! We’re reaching for our combs as we type.

 

Click through the slideshow above to find the best part for your face shape!

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