If you’ve got a round face, then you’d be forgiven for feeling like you can't do anything to flatter your shape. But there are certain hairstyles for round faces that will give you more definition while also making you look less cherub-like and more sophisticated. We spoke to Scott Ade, a stylist at Larry King Salon, who gave us some rules about finding a great hairstyle for a round face and how to lengthen the look of your face.
“The trick here is to strike the perfect balance in the shape of the hair, as round face shapes are less suited to very sleek or very voluminous styling. A little height in the crown will elongate the face shape perfectly, and a side parting will also help to complement your shape. A good choice of style would be half-up, half-down; it allows for a little height, and the loose hair can be tonged to soften the look.”
But you don’t just want a rule. You also need some visual inspiration. To help, we’ve selected some of our favorite hairstyles and cuts from rounder-faced A-listers, who are not only beautiful but also prove you can have any kind of hairstyle so long as you take note of the rules.
Click through our gallery of hairstyles to suit round faces.
We know, we know, if you have a round face, you have probably never even entertained the idea of a pixie crop, but Ginnifer Goodwin proves it can work. This is a super-cute way to stick to the round face rules. Side-parting? Check. Some height at the back to elongate the face? Check.
This hairstyle is not overly voluminous, but it has just enough height to give the impression that Drew Barrymore’s face is slightly longer. The waves around her face also give the illusion that it’s slimmer. To re-create this look, tong the hair (if it’s not naturally wavy) before misting with Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Texturising Spray ($31).
This works because the length sits below her jawline to give the illusion of a longer face. Plus, Michelle Williams’s deep side-parting is super slimming.
The ultimate red carpet hairstyle, this is perfect for rounder faces. The slight quiff at the front of Chrissy Teigen’s look has flipped the heightening idea by boosting length at the front rather than the back, but it still works. Try one of Pat McGrath's LuxeTrance Lipstick's ($38) for a similar pout to finish this glamorous look off.
Updos are another tricky area for anyone with a round face, but you can totally rock this look. Try a low messy bun with, and this is key, a few tendrils left around the face to soften. Just make sure to opt for a side-parting like Emma Stone.
Kirsten Dunst’s look is saved from being too severe by the slight side-parting and the fact she hasn’t pulled the hair too sleek. The hint of texture around the crown helps to elongate the face.
You might think a fringe would have the opposite effect on a round face, but with softer bangs rather than a blunt cut, it keeps the face from looking “squashed.” Notice how Penélope Cruz’s fringe is longer at the outer edges, which helps slim too.
Adele knows what she’s doing with this lob—a bob would accentuate a round face, but a lob gives the illusion of a longer face. The height lift at the roots and the side sweep make this a style that would suit anyone but will do wonders for those with rounder features.
This low bun could be shortening on a round face, but the slight bump at the back gives this some much-needed height. Want to rock this look but nervous about that center part? Leave some tendrils of hair loose around the face to soften the look.
Miranda Kerr has everything working for her with this cut and hairstyle. The layers in the hair allow for volume, which she has boosted with some clever tonging.
Selena Gomez also knows how to make her face look longer with an array of different hairstyles. But this side-swept fringe and a high messy bun are one of our favorites.