13 Flattering Hairstyles for Round Faces

Updated 12/08/19

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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. 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.

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The Lob

Adele

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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).

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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 some clever tonging.

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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

Olivia Munn

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Shoulder-length hairstyles are universally flattering on all face shapes. Olivia Munn'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.

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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, tong the hair (if it’s not naturally wavy) before misting with Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Texturising Spray ($31).

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Sleek Hair

Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis' long, straight hair is flattering because there's lift at the roots. She totally pulls off this center part.

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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

Stef Dawson

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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 Stef Dawson does.

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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

Ginnifer Goodwin

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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 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.

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The Pompadour

Kelly Osbourne

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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.

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