If you have a square face, consider yourself lucky. Some of the most famous faces of all time are ones with strong, angular jawlines. Women with square faces also age very well and take some of the best photographs. With this slideshow, discover the best and worst haircuts for square faces.
Gwyneth looks her best with flat-ironed and long locks like the ones she's wearing here. The curtain effect of her hair—which she gets because she parts it in the middle, then flat-irons it—hides the sharp edges of her jaw, while playing up her amazing cheekbones.
Just after the birth of her son Moses, Paltrow cut off the hair she grew down to her chest, as she felt it was too long. She tried a long bob for a while, but she's now seemingly happy with this long cut that ends below her collarbone. Note how she parts her hair straight down the middle, making what could be a boring look very chic. If you go with this look, make sure to cut in just a few long layers for movement.
Long bobs are great on a square face, as long as they're soft and layered. Avoid a sharp, blunt bob that hits right at your chin; it'll only accentuate your jaw, creating a boxy effect.
The long bob is perfect for someone who has Keira's square face. You can see how this cut elongates her face, but maintains a nice edge. Here's a tip I love to share: ask your stylist to cut your bob shorter in the back, keeping hair longer in the front.
Shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes, but as you can see here on Kate Moss, this particular cut is great on a square face. The light waves and highlights here help soften Moss's sharp, angular jawline, and the middle part (common on many square-faced actresses and models) works very nicely with this look.
Consider yourself lucky. You're in good company, as you share having a square face with celebs like Demi Moore, Mandy Moore, Keira Knightley, and Rosario Dawson.
In this picture, Mandy Moore shows off a particularly complimentary hairstyle. The long layers start just below her chin, and her hair ends at her shoulders.
Rosario, a classic square-faced beauty, shows off her just-below-the-collarbone cut with waves. This look adds softness to her strong jawline. If you have any natural waves or curls, consider leaving them natural—it'll soften your angular features.
Paulina Porizkova has a beautiful square face, and her long hair works on her face shape because the soft waves (likely her natural hair texture) soften the harshness of her angular jawline. Long hair is very flattering on a square face, but cutting in some long layers adds more softness to the front.
Who doesn't want to look like Jackie Onassis? The waves shown here on Jackie soften her jawline. If your hair is straight, this look can be achieved through using a good old curling iron.
If you have curly hair, try to keep the length below the jawline. Curly hair tends to frizz up when it's too short, and a longer cut weighs down the curls so they don't look poofy. Texture in the form or curls (or choppy ends) is a great look for square faces.
Evan Rachel Wood
This is a lovely cut on Evan Rachel Wood—it would also work for someone with a long face. If you have a round face and covet this hairstyle, you're in luck, because it would work on your face shape, too.
Avoid this cut if you have a heart-shaped face, which usually comes with a pointy chin. Long bangs that hit right at the chin will only draw attention to it
Jennifer Garner's Long Wavy Hair With Side-Swept Bangs
If you have a square face, you have angular features. Your jaw is almost as wide as your cheekbones, and if you were to draw a diagram of your face, it would resemble a square.
Because your goal is to soften your hard angles, the best bangs for you are long, side-swept bangs that graze the brows. They should hit just below the brow but be longer on the sides, like these bangs on Jennifer Garner, a natural square face.
The key to your perfect bangs is to ensure that the bangs are tapered longer on the sides than they are above the brow. The hair above the brow should hit at the brow or just below it. The bangs can be wispy, allowing some of your forehead to peek through.