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 Daniel Hersheson—he gave us some rules about finding a great hairstyle and how to lengthen the look of a round 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.”
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.
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. For some extra oomph, try GHD’s Root Lift Spray ($16).
Short Natural Hair
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.
The Blunt Bob
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.
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).
The Short Updo
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.
Kelly Osbourne's pompadour is dramatic but can be worn in several different ways. It works beautifully with her round face because it adds a ton of volume to the top of the head. If you have fine hair, this style may fall flat. Consult with a stylist before you commit to this funky cut.