How to Find the Perfect Parting for Your Face Shape

Updated 05/31/19
How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape 2014: Bella Hadid with gold dress and bold necklace
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A parting can make all the difference, especially when you’ve been steadily rocking the same one for years. Trust us—the compliments pour in when you switch it. We’ve all had our fair share of parting nightmares, though, like when you decide to go from a side parting to a middle part and a photograph suggests it wasn’t the most flattering idea.

Finding the Best Part for Your Face Shape
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These mishaps are usually down to your face shape. So if you have a good idea of what your face shape is but aren’t quite sure what hairstyles suit you, we sat down with celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler to ask for her advice.

Meet The Expert

Mika Fowler is a celebrity hairstylist at Kim Vo Salon in Beverly Hills, CA. Her work is catered to each clientele's face structure and she counts Olivia Munn, Anne Winters, and Camilla Luddington as clients.

Turns out, a simple update to your part can elongate your features, bring out your cheekbones, soften sharp angles and more. We’re reaching for our combs as we type.

Round Faces

How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape 2014: Taraji Henson with middle parting on red carpet
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You get the best of both worlds if you have a round shape. “The ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part,” Fowler says. “Both of these parts will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face.”

How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape 2014: Jennifer Lawrence with wavy hair
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When deciding what cut to go for, Fowler warns against adding too many layers to your hairstyle if your face shape is round: “Add just enough to slim the face.” Noted.

How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape 2014: Emma Stone with updo and red lips
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If you’ve been dying to go for the chop or experiment with updos, you’re in luck: “Short hairstyles are great for this face shape,” Fowler advises.

Square Faces

How to Find the Best Part for Your Face Shape 2014: Olivia Wilde with fringe and blue shirt
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There’s just something about side partings that adds instant glamour—even if you haven’t washed your hair for a while. Fowler recommends going for a soft, side-swept part with a fringe which will add softness to square-faced ladies.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Jennifer Lawrence with plait and pink lips
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But don’t go too far, he says. “You don’t want to make the part too deep—this will accentuate the angles of a square face,” Fowler notes.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Nicole Ritchie with gold and black dress
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Keep everything balanced by showing just enough skin on your forehead and allow your fringe to offset an angled jawline.

Oval Faces

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Bella Hadid with gold dress and bold necklace
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When any parting suits you, it would be rude not to switch up your style on a regular basis. Fowler says the ideal face shape for any part is the oval-shaped face.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Jourdan Dunn with curly hair and black dress
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If you’ve got curly hair and this face shape, you can use a parting to play around with volume and height.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Meghan Markle with trench coat dress
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When we’re on Meghan Markle watch, we really never know how she’ll have her hair parted. If you have an oval-shaped face, follow her lead and play around with your part. It’s a great way to get out of a hair rut.

Heart-Shaped Faces

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Reese Witherspoon with blue dress and earrings
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A top tip from Fowler: A deep side part will break up the chin line, which can be pointy if you have a heart-shaped face. “You want to soften your cheekbones as well and a deep side part will brush softly against your face to give this illusion.”

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Olivia Culpo with blue and gold jacket on red carpet
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If your hair naturally parts down the middle, create a side part by parting your hair while it’s wet; then applying a gel to hold the new part in place. Use a fine-toothed comb to direct your hair in the new direction as you blow-dry.

Diamond-Shaped Faces

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Victoria Beckham with short hair and green outfit
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Victoria Beckham most definitely knows how to work her angles. “A side part really complements this shape’s strong cheekbones and bone structure,” Fowler says.

Shorter hairstyles work best for this look since diamond-shaped faces have smaller foreheads—anything too long and dramatic will overshadow you.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Vanessa Hudgens with short hair and pink lips
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Blow-dry your hair to the side with a round brush, lifting and curling as your go for major volume at the roots. 

Oblong Faces

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Alexa Chung with middle parting and blouse
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There’s something so effortless about a middle parting. If you have an oblong face, Fowler suggests a middle parting to add the illusion of roundness.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Joan Smalls with fringe and cut out dress
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“A fringe will also work very well for this look because they help shorten the long face shape,” Fowler adds.

How To Find The Best Part For Your Face Shape 2014: Sarah Jessica Parker with layered hair and floral dress
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Headed to the salon? Fowler recommends asking for a haircut with layers to bring out your cheekbones and strong jawline.

Follow these tips and you’ll be all set to find the most flattering parting for your face shape.

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