Great Haircuts for Your Square-Shaped Face

Updated 05/12/19
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Megan Fox

Megan Fox at the IMDB show
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If you have a square face, consider yourself lucky. Some of the most famous faces of all time are ones with a strong, angular jawline. Women with square faces also age very well and take the best photographs. 

With this slideshow, discover the best and worst haircuts for square faces, including this gorgeous cut on Megan Fox. Unlike women with long faces who can't get away as easily with long hair, women with square faces look gorgeous with this length hair.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow square face shape
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Gwyneth looks best in flat-ironed long locks, such as these. 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 breasts, as she felt it was too long. She tried a long bob for a while, but is now happy with a 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.

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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley square face shape
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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 yet is still very edgy. 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.

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Kate Moss

Kate Moss square face shape
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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 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.

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde square face shape
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These side-swept bangs soften Olivia Wilde's square jawline, and her long locks help pull off a totally gorgeous look. She looks perfectly balanced, and it's fantastic.

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Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore square face shape
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Consider yourself lucky. 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 very complimentary hairstyle. The long layers start just below her chin, and her hair ends at her shoulders.

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Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
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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 the natural look—it'll soften your angular features.

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Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver
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Long layers will always complement a square face. Long layers are especially great paired with side-swept bangs. This look on Maria Shriver (a classic square) is perfect: her layers begin at the jawline and continue downward.

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Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova
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Paulina Porizkova has a classic 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.

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Soften a Square Face With an Updo

Minnie Driver
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Curly hair or waves soften the angles on a square face. Here's a great example of the perfect updo on a square face. Actress Minnie Driver has naturally super curly hair, but she often straightens it. Here her updo works beautifully because it's soft, wavy, and frames her face.

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Jacqueline Onassis

Jacqueline Onassis square face shape
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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 by a curling iron.

If you have curly hair, try to keep the length below the jawline. Curly hair tends to frizz up when 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.

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel
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If you have super straight hair, but want waves anyway, try spritzing it with a styling spray and winding 2-inch sections around the barrel of a curling iron. Next, finger-comb out and finish with holding spray.

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Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood
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This is a lovely cut on Evan Rachel Wood, who has a naturally square face shape. This cut would also work for someone with a long face. If you have a round face and covet this hairstyle, you're also in luck, 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

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Jennifer Garner's Long Wavy Hair With Side-Swept Bangs

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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.

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