The Best Haircuts for Every Face Shape

Yara Shahidi

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Here's the thing: You can choose any haircut you want, no matter your face shape. If you want to wear a pixie, go for it. Love lobs? We're here for that, too. We want you to look and feel your best no matter what. That being said, there are cuts that traditionally flatter different shapes, and we'd be remiss not to share that information with you.

Furthermore, it can be confusing what all that expert hairstylist lingo really means, so we wanted to shed light on the different lengths and styles that best complement your face. For instance, according to celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa, if you have a round face, you want to create height and length. "A hairstyle with longer layers will make your neck and face appear more slender," she explains. We spoke to Potempa and other stylists for their tips on the styles to suit every shape.

Keep scrolling for the best styles for every face shape, from square to oblong.

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Round: Long Layers

isla fisher

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As Potempa explains above, a longer length helps a round face appear slightly slimmer. Layers, like those seen here on Isla Fisher, help highlight your features.

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Round: Full Pixie

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Serafino recommends a short cut with a full top, which will expand the face, as seen here on Ginnifer Goodwin.

Avoid harsh angular styles, tight curls, and thick bangs that all shorten the appearance of a round face.

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Round: Beachy Waves

Chrissy Tiegen
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The trick to fresh-from-the-beach hair? Air-drying before curling in one-inch sections. Rub a dime-size amount of product into your hands and scrunch evenly through locks for further texture. We like Sun Bum Sonny's Original Surf Paste ($15).

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Round: Side-Swept Waves

Miranda Kerr


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Side-swept hair adds a touch of glam to an otherwise casual look. Use a large 2" barrel and some hairspray for loose waves like Miranda Kerr's.

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Round: Center Part

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A center part doesn't necessarily highlight the best features of every face shape, but for those with a round face, it works wonders. To get Drew Barrymore's look, part hair in the center and let it air-dry with a texturizing product, like OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray ($26).

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Diamond: Blunt and Tucked-Behind-The-Ear

Jenna Dewan with a ear-tucked bob

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"The best hairstyles will create the appearance of a fuller and wider forehead and chin, and soften the diamond shape," says celebrity hairstylist Kristan Serafino. Get a cut that works with the hair tucked behind the ear (like Jenna Dewan's, seen here) to show off your cheekbones.

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Diamond: Old Hollywood Waves

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Megan Fox takes a cue from the screen sirens of yesteryear with this soft look, which involves curling sections of hair and then loosening the curls with a comb, so they become less tight.

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Diamond: Layered and Swept to One Side

Rosario Dawson

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Potempa suggests long layers to offset the widest points of the face. You can try cutting layers yourself—if you're brave—otherwise, have your stylist angle them so they frame your face.

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Diamond: Up-Do

Rihanna Blonde Hair

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"Diamond shaped faces are so amazing," says celebrity hairstylist and natural hair expert Kee Taylor. "The jawline is super defined, which makes it the perfect face shape for up-do's, shorter cuts and tapers to show off those killer angles." Rihanna's look here—curled and piled on top of her head—perfectly captures her personality and her defined jaw.

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Diamond: Volume

Jill Scott

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Singer Jill Scott's voluminous curls help add roundness to her face. Moisture for this look is essential, so invest in a co-wash. We like Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash ($26), which fights frizz while moisturizing hair for up to three days.

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Square: Tousled Lob

Jennifer Lopez lob

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Los Angeles-based hair stylist Enzo Angileri says a tousled bob or lob works well with a square-shaped face, since it emphasizes layers and will de-emphasize squareness.

If you have fine hair, ask your stylist to cut your lob with a blunt line, which will make hair appear fuller. 

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Square: Natural Volume

Yara Shahidi

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Serafino notes that, for those with square faces, styles that soften a wider forehead and jawline are ideal: "The best hairstyles will soften the edges of the face line with wispy layers, sweeping side fringe, and volume at the crown of the head." Yara Shahidi's natural volume is fun and opens her face.

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Square: Volume on the Sides

Zendaya Prom Hairstyles

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As for natural hair, Taylor says, "If you have a square face shape, you can feel free to play with some volume. Square face shapes go very well with volume on both sides, with the length cut pretty much to the chin. This style creates perfect symmetry between the face and hair."

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Square: Angled Bob

Sandra Bullock with a long bob haircut

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Sandra Bullock's chop is a perfect example of an angled look that makes a square face appear more narrow. "Go for angled bobs that are longer in the front and will cover the width of the cheeks," recommends Potempa.

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Heart: Bangs

Naomi Campbell blunt bob with bangs

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Bangs are a great way to conceal a wider forehead, and styling your long layers "down and out" (e.g., curling them away from your face) helps draw away from the width of your forehead.

"One of the best parts about a heart shaped face is due to the width of the forehead, you have the perfect face for bangs," explains Taylor. "Adding bangs creates character, too, so many styles and can be very sexy. You can even shape the bangs to be a little longer on the sides for more in-depth framing of the face."

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Heart: Face-Framing Layers

Jessica Biel

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Heart-shaped faces can compensate for a wider forehead with long, face-framing layers. Jessica Biel further opens her face up by adding highlights.

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Oval: Volume

Kerry Washington

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Adding volume to the sides (like Kerry Washington's cut) rounds out an oval face by adding width.

"Having an oval face is great for big hair, so don't be afraid to go for it!" exclaims Taylor. "Volume and length will both complement your overall features and help create overall balance." If you need extra help in the volume department, turn to a product like Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray ($30).

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Oval: Ombré Layers

Jessica Alba

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Practically unanimously, the stylists interviewed for this piece said that women with oval face shapes can sport the most versatile cuts. (If you have an oval face, consider yourself lucky!) Potempa says long layers allow for movement, especially when waving your hair. So take a cue from Jessica Alba and add a few subtle layers with ombré highlights for interest.

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Oblong: Shoulder-Length

Kelly Rowland

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Says Angileri, "A shoulder-length haircut is the most flattering—somewhere between the chin and shoulders. You want to create width, which you can easily do with waves." Kelly Rowland's look here—shoulder-length with loose waves—is a perfect example of a flattering cut for an oblong face.

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Oblong: Side-Swept

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Oblong faces are best complemented with styles that have width at the cheekbones to distract from the length. Potempa suggests side-swept bangs to shorten the face, as seen here on Sandra Oh.

  • How do I determine my face shape?

    To determine your face shape, you'll want to look at three things — measure the widest parts of your face like your cheeks, forehead, and jaw, then your your jawline (decide if its square, pointy, or round), and then determine if the entire length of your face is short or long.

  • What face shape is best for short hair?

    All face shapes can rock a short style — it all depends on the styling. Short, beachy waves look best on those with square-shaped faces, while an angular bob looks super cute on people with a triangle-shaped face.

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