Hairstyles for Oval Faces: The Most Flattering Cuts

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Why This Style Suits an Oval Face

Jennifer Aniston. Jason Merritt for Getty Images

If you have an oval face shape, you've landed the most versatile shape. Many women blessed with different face shapes -- round, long, square and heart -- get haircuts that will give the illusion that they have an oval face. 

You can wear almost any hairstyle. So which are the most flattering hairstyles for oval faces?

No matter the length of your cut, you'll look best with layers near your cheekbones, lips or chin; basically whichever feature you want to highlight.

Jennifer's Aniston's haircut looks amazing on an oval face. The long layers hit at the cheekbones and the chin. The hair is longer in the back and shorter in the front so it doesn't weigh down Aniston's face. If you are petite, you want to avoid super long hair in the front because you risk looking like you're 10 years old.

Since so many styles work for you, keep in mind these rules for finding the perfect hairstyle for your personality and hair texture:

  • Rule No. 1: Stay away from dated hairstyles. If you haven't changed your style in a decade, find a new photo and get your haircut. A bad hairstyle can age you by 10 years.
  • Rule No. 2: Don't fight your natural hair texture. You can straighten curly hair, but it takes time and money. Why not invest in a good haircut for your curly hair instead? If you have super thin hair, don't try to grow your hair beyond your shoulders without the help of extensions, as your hair will be lifeless and flat, no matter how much product you put in it. Instead, cut in layers and keep the length above your shoulders. Find inspiration in these shoulder-length hairstyles .
  • Rule No. 3: Pick a style that suits your personality and lifestyle. If you are quirky, get a funky haircut and color. If you're edgy, a pompadour may be a great bet. If you're a busy mom, cut your hair so it's stylish, yet doesn't require 15 minutes a day of styling.

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Oval Haircuts: You Can Also Go Short

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Charlize Theron looks amazing in this pixie haircut. Pixie hair is becoming more and more popular as celebrities get their hair cut into this boyish-yet-still-feminine-style. The pixie is so popular, it came in at No. 1 on this list of the "Hottest Short Hairstyle Trends."

The pixie is edgy, yet feminine. It can be cute, sexy, sophisticated or funky. If you leave your bangs longer, you'll be able to style your pixie in a variety of ways.

With an oval face, you can afford to go short, even super short, but this cut works best on women with thick, naturally wavy hair. It also looks good on women with straight hair. If you are really tall, you might look like a pinhead in this cut.

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Between Shoulder-Length and Chin-Length

Margherita Missoni. Tullio M. Puglia for Getty

If you have an oval face, you can get away with any type of short cut, from super short to chin-length, but if you're not ready to take the plunge to go short, consider a shoulder-length style or one like this, which is somewhere in between shoulder-length and chin-length.

You can afford to try an edgy cut or a classy one like this one on Margherita Missoni. Note her middle part.

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Long, Beachy Waves

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If you have wavy hair and an oval face, this hairstyle on Brooklyn Decker (a classic oval face) is a perfect option for you. It's not too long (super long hair is not always a great choice for oval faces, which can make the face appear longer), but it's the perfect mix of wavy and long.

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Try a Bob to Show Off Chin, Cheekbones

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A sleek, sophisticated bob will never go out of style, but this mussy version of the bob is even better. Tousled, natural hair is a look that has been popular for years now and shows no sign of waning in popularity.

This cut shows off Vanessa Shaw's bone structure. If you have a strong chin, a bob cut shorter in the back and angled towards the jaw will show it off. Opt for a striking color and you'll wow people from blocks away.

If you have a bob haircut with a few layers cut in, you can scrunch hair as it dries to get this cool look (or get it with a curling iron).

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You Can Pull Off Edgy

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Singer Pink's funky pompadour is perfect for oval face shapes because the cut shows off her facial features. This cut will make your eyes pop. If you have a quirky or edgy personality, you can get away with a cool, short cut, and color.

One word of caution: Be careful not to get a spiky haircut which is dated and can give the illusion of face length.

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The Right and Wrong Way to Wear Bangs

Emma Stone with a shag hairstyle. Noam Galai for Getty

Bangs are a great option for anyone wanting to change their look without making a drastic change (like cutting off 6 inches). Bangs are also great for highlighting beautiful eyes.

Women with oval faces can get away with all bang types: brow-skimming bangs, long, side-swept bangs, short bangs, heavy bangs, etc.

The key to bangs is to make sure they aren't too short, or they'll look dated. The best bangs are brow-skimming and a bit longer on the ends than in the middle as seen here on Emma Stone. Also consider long, side-swept bangs, which can hide a high forehead while showing off the eyes. 

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Blunt Bangs and Long Hair: Gorgeous

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So many celebrities have gone on the blunt bang bandwagon including Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel and Beyonce. These blunt bangs on Jennifer Hudson slim down her roundish face (now oval because she lost a lot of weight). Note how the sides of her bangs are longer than the middle.

If you are going the bangs route, you should know how to blow dry your bangs. Many, many women suffer from "Bubble Bangs," a bang syndrome that could be avoided if only they put down the round brush and blew their hair dry with a flat or paddle brush.

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The Shag is Always Gorgeous

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If you search for "shag hairstyles" on the Internet, what comes up is dated, rocker girl hairstyles with lots of layers.

But the modern shag hairstyle doesn't resemble a mullet and shouldn't remind one of the 80s. What they have in common with those hairstyles of the past are mussiness, choppy ends, and layering. The modern shag, however, isn't quite as layered.

This look on Julianne Hough is so fresh and modern and quite frankly would look great on any face shape. The cut is choppy and Hough lets her natural straight hair dry with a bit of wave in it (You can get this look by scrunching hair as it dries.). A super cute cut.

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Try a Super Cool Hair Color

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You can get away with all sorts of hair colors like this platinum color. But choose hair color based on your skin tone. Platinum works best on women with rosy, pink skin tones and can look tacky on women with olive skin tones.

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Wanna Try Halle Berry's Pompadour?

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Halle Berry often sports a pixie, sometimes with more of a rock 'n roll feel. This hairstyle is called a pompadour or "quiff" and usually features shaved sides and a puffy teased top. It's become the cool hairstyle of choice for singers Miley Cyrus and Pink as well as a host of other celebrities.

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Can You Wear This Style?

Amanda Seyfried. Pascal Le Segretain for Getty

This haircut is just gorgeous on some oval face shapes but works best on women with square and round face shapes. Not all women can get away with super long, middle-parted hair because the hair acts as a curtain lengthening a face. If your face is somewhat long (longer than it is wide) or if you have a big forehead, then avoid this cut, it will only lengthen your face. If you do have a true oval face, but also have a long forehead, consider getting bangs with your long hair.

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Want to Look Sophisticated, Try a Bob

A model at Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2012. Pascal Le Segretain // Getty Images

A bob is a classic choice. It's chic, sophisticated and shows off delicate facial features (unlike long hair, which can overwhelm the face so all you notice is the hair).

Bobs convey a person's personality and lifestyle very well. Worn flat-ironed and perfect (think Anna Wintour), they can exude a chic professionalism.

This cut is a classic long bob with blunt bangs. Bangs are great with bobs. These blunt bangs are very flattering on an oval face, as are long, side-swept bangs. All bangs are great for hiding a high forehead. Cut long, they also bring attention to beautiful eyes.

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The Topknot

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Trendy topknots don't belong on anyone over 30, but it is adorable on the right face shape, and ovals have the right face for this. Just make sure you have a good hairline and no widow's peak, as a topknot might not be so flattering on you. A better option for some women might be the ballerina bun.

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    A Lovely Hairstyle That's Not Too Long, But Still Long

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    No matter how many celebrities cut off their long hair into a lob, a bob or a pixie, long hair will always be popular. And the good news is long hair looks great on most oval face shapes. The key is to not grow hair too long or it will draw the face down making it appear longer.

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    Show Off Your Curly Hair

    Shania Twain with curly hair. Wireimage for Getty

    If you have curly hair, the trend right now is to let it go natural. So lay off those flat-irons. It works with oval face shapes. Just be careful not to cut your curly hair too short.

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    A Lovely Cut for an Older Woman (Or Any Woman) With Straight Hair

    Helen Mirren. Jason Merritt / Getty

    If you have thin hair, keep it short. A few layers will add body to hair, as will the perfect cut. This style on actress Helen Mirren is a great look for her fine, thin hair.

    While it's a beauty myth that women over 50 must wear their hair short, the real marker for whether you should be wearing your hair short is whether it would be flattering to your hair texture and face shape.

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    You Can Get Away With an Edgy Cut

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    Not many women can get away with this edgy cut, but a true oval face can. So can a heart-shaped face.

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    How to Wear Curly Hair

    Kelly Hoppen. Dave J Hogan for Getty

    The secret to great haircuts is two-fold: First, you must consider your face shape. Secondly, you need to choose a cut that works with your hair's texture.

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    The Pixie Works on Women of All Ages

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    The pixie looks great on women of all ages, whether you're 15 or 80. For examples of gorgeous pixies on women over 55, see this photo gallery of "Pixie Haircuts for Older Women."

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    Jourdan Dunn's Cool Long Bob

    Model Jourdan Dunn. Samir Hussein for Getty Images

    A big trend in hair is the long bob, not long hair, not short hair, but cut somewhat blunt and just above the shoulders. Here are the rules of getting this coveted hairstyle, known as the lob.

    1. Longer bobs can be bland if too blunt. Stacked layers in the back add dimension.

    2. A bob can't be too layered, or it's not a bob. You will get a more edgy look if you ask the stylist to thin out the ends with scissors or a razor.

    3. Ask the stylist to make your bob a touch shorter in the back.

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    Jennifer Garner's Long Hair With Side-swept Bangs

    Jennifer Garner with long hair, side-swept bangs. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin for Getty Images

    This is a great hairstyle on actress Jennifer Garner who cleans up well for red carpet appearances (She usually looks disheveled when caught by paparazzi out and about doing her daily business.).

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    Try a Shag Hairstyle

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    The beauty in the shag hairstyle is that it flatters all face shapes. To get that mussy, choppy look, you'll want to use a salt spray (try a homemade recipe) or texturizing spray and scrunch hair as it dries.

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    Jenna Elfman's Edgy Hairstyle

    Actress Jenna Elfman. WireImage for Getty

    Edgy hairstyles takes guts, but the results can be very, very cool -- and even sophisticated.

    Whether you're seeking a cut that's sexy or funky or sweet, there are many, many cuts available to you since you can pretty much wear anything on your oval face.

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    Heidi Klum's Center Part


    Heidi Klum has the perfect oval face and always has great hair. In a few short years, we've seen her in ponytails, updos, long, beachy waves, blunt bangs, shoulder-length cuts, a long bob and more. The only thing she's yet to do is change her hair color drastically or cut her hair short.