22 Flattering Hairstyles for Round Faces

Miranda Kerr

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There are certain hairstyles for round faces that will give you more definition while also making you look less cherub-like and more sophisticated. 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," says Scott Ade, a stylist at Hershesons.

Meet the Expert

• Scott Ade is a hairstylist with more than a decade of experience at John Frieda and five years spent working at Hershesons along with countless fashion shows in London.

• Adam Federico is the director of content at haircare line R+Co and the creative director at Federico Beauty Institute.

We spoke to Ade and stylist Adam Federico for some rules about finding a great hairstyle and how to lengthen the look of a round face. Plus, to give you some visual inspiration, 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 really have any kind of hairstyle. 

Scroll through our gallery of hairstyles to suit round faces.

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The Lob

Taraji P Henson

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Taraji P Henson 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. For some extra oomph, try GHD Heat Protect Spray ($22), which will protect hair from damaging heat but also smooth it out.

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The Wavy Bob

Miranda Kerr

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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 curls.

For increased volume, flip your hair upside down while you dry.

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The Hollywood Glamour Look

Chrissy Teigen

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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.

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Short Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o

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It's also possible to elongate the face with short hair. The key is to go up and not out. Lupita Nyong'o's natural hair is a dream. The volume is added up top and the sides are kept really close, so it has a fantastic shape overall.

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Shoulder-Length Waves

Mindy Kaling

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Shoulder-length hairstyles are universally flattering on all face shapes. Mindy Kaling's style has some length to elongate her face, and the face-framing waves slim the cheekbones ever so slightly.

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The Blunt Bob

Michelle Williams
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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.

Blunt cuts look best when they are their shiniest; while it might sound counterintuitive, the key is to wash less, which will help keep hair smooth.

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Beachy Waves

Drew Barrymore

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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, curl the hair (if it’s not naturally wavy) before misting with a texturizing spray like Sachajuan Ocean Mist Texturizing Spray ($31).

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Sleek Hair

Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis's long, straight hair is flattering because there's lift at the root and a sharp center part to add some edge. "To complete the look, mist lightly with texture spray to give the hair added texture, volume, and attitude," says Federico.

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Medium-Length With Soft Waves

Gabrielle Union

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Long layers give Gabrielle Union's hair dimension. This choppy cut looks beautiful with relaxed or natural hair. Created with the barrel of a curling iron, the waves soften the look.

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Boho-Chic Waves

Zoe Saldana

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Long, wavy hair with bangs is a very boho-chic look that offers many opportunities to play with your style as Zoe Saldana does. For an at-home version of this look, flip your hair over while you roughly blow-dry using high heat. Once it's semi-dry, use a round brush to fully dry the hair, which will add volume.

Use a ceramic brush when you blow-dry, as it will help hair to better hold volume.

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The Short Updo

Emma Stone

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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.

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The Pixie

Jennifer Hudson

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We know, we know, if you have a round face, you have probably never even entertained the idea of a pixie crop, but Jennifer Hudson proves it can work. This is a super-cute way to stick to the round face rules. Piecey fringe? Check. Some height at the back to elongate the face? Check.

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The Pompadour

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae's head-turning braided pompadour may look intimidating, but it actually works on most hair types and textures. If you have fine hair and are looking to fake volume, make your braid look thicker by spritzing in some texturizing spray before braiding.

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Textured Lob With Side Part

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez's textured lob is messy in the best way and the side part keeps things glam and interesting. For this look, tease hair only slightly and use a texture spray, such as Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($23). "A little height in the crown will elongate the face shape perfectly, and a side parting will also help to complement your shape," says Ade.

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Loose Updo

2016 Golden Globe Awards Jewelry - Kirsten Dunst
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Kirsten Dunst's updo veers away from slicked-back territory, offering a more romantic take on the standard formal style. The slightly off-centered part narrows her face and shows off her cheekbones.

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Half-Up, Half-Down

Gemma Chan

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Gemma Chan's half-up, half-down 'do adds youthfulness. A few loose tendrils left out keep things casual but still out of the face, for ease. "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," says Ade.

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Textured Bob

Lucy Hale

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Lucy Hale's bob is kept casual thanks to plenty of texture as seen here. When sprayed over dry hair, a product like It's a 10 Miracle Texture Fiber Spray ($21) adds lightweight dimension and guards against flyaways.

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Long and Wavy

Olivia Munn

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Long, centered waves can streamline a round face. Olivia Munn's style is best achieved with the use of a few great products. "Every great style begins with what the hair was prepared with," notes Federico. "Once cleansed and conditioned, towel blot the hair to remove excess moisture." Frederico recommends misting the hair with a liberal amount of R+Co One Prep Spray ($22) which "acts as a primer balancing the porosity of the hair."

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Natural Curls

Tatyana Ali

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Tatyana Ali's natural curls open her face and add a youthful energy. To keep frizz at bay, invest in a leave-in conditioner, like Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment ($42).

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Pixie With Bangs

Ginnifer Goodwin pixie with long side-swept bangs

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Actress Ginnifer Goodwin has sported a number of interesting pixie cuts, but this version—complete with a heavy, side-swept bang—highlights her face in the best way. The sweep of hair in the front is left longer on one side, drawing the eye down and slimming her face.

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Curly Updo

Sarah Hyland curly, loose updo

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Tight tendrils help frame Sarah Hyland's face as part of this curly updo. Those with round faces might consider similar voluminous updos, which will add height and create balance.

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Modern Mullet

Miley Cyrus blonde mullet

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Miley Cyrus's modern take on this notorious style is elevated, thanks to varying lengths and layers. The new version of the mullet is gradiated, with the short, choppy fringe of original but a fun twist, thanks to more shag. The result is infinitely more wearable than the mullet of the early 1990s.

For a glossy look like Miley's, Federico recommends R+Co Two Way Mirror Smoothing Oil ($32), "a smoothing oil that will add shine, keeping the hair looking luxurious."

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Loose Waves

Amy Adams

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Actress Amy Adams' soft, loose waves are angled just slightly away from her face, and left loose enough that they can worn by day or night.

For beachy, relaxed waves, twist your hair in different directions as you curl in sections, so the look isn't too uniform.

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Razored Ends

Queen Latifah


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Queen Latifah's choppy look adds some pizzazz to a standard lob. Ask your stylist to use a straight-edge razor blade, which will result in wispier strands.

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