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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Textured Lob With Side Part
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.
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.
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.
Long and Wavy
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."
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."