The Best Bangs for Your Face Shape

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The Best Bangs to Flatter Your Face

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Model Agyness Deyn has a long face shape. These sideswept bangs look great on her. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Bangs are a fantastic addition to any haircut. They make you look more youthful and bring attention to your eyes. Bangs can also flatter every face shape, though some styles are a little more flattering for some faces than others.

Before you get bangs cut into your next hairstyle, there are a few things to consider. Not only do you want a style that flatters your face, you also need to think about your hair texture. Bangs tend to be best for straight or wavy hair and may not be the best choice for curls.

Also, bangs require maintenance. You'll need to get them trimmed regularly or learn how to do it yourself. It's a good idea to know the best styling techniques, including how to blow dry bangs properly.

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Square Face: Eye-Grazing Fringe

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If you have a square face, you have angular features and your jaw is almost as wide as your cheekbones. If you were to draw a diagram of your face, it would resemble a square.

The most flattering bangs will help soften your harder angles. Long, side-swept bangs that graze the brows are one of your best options. 

The key to perfect bangs is to ensure that they are tapered on the sides and longer than they are above the brow. The hair above the brow should hit at the brow or just below it and can be wispier, allowing some of your forehead to peek through.

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Square Face: Heavy Fringe

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Long hair with thick, full fringe is lovely. It's a great edgy and hip hairstyle and can take years off a face.

This style works great on square faces, with one caveat: the sides of the fringe must be longer than the middle of the fringe. The longer edges soften a square face where blunt bangs would add angles.

Heavy fringe tends to be best if your stylist cuts them while your hair is dry. Otherwise, they may shrink up after drying and end up shorter than you'd like.

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Round Face: Side-Swept Bangs

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If you have a round face, the width of your cheeks is the same as your jaw. This is the same as the square face shape, except your jaw tends to be softer and less angular.

Due to the softness of your face, you'll find it best to create some angles that make your face appear longer. Side-swept bangs that are on the thicker side are a great choice for achieving this. You may want to avoid wispy bangs, which may be too soft.

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Round Face: Blunt Bangs Done Right

Blunt Bangs Done Right
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Typically, blunt-cut bangs are not flattering on a round face. Getting a straight cut across the widest part of your face is rarely a good idea unless you get blunt bangs like these.

The secret here is in the curve that mimics your eyebrows. They should be longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. When paired with long, straight hair, the style gives the face's soft features great angles.

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Heart-Shaped Face: Super Long Bangs

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If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead tends to be wider than your jawline and your chin comes to a distinct point. The most flattering hair will balance the bottom of your face with the top of it and downplay a pointier chin.

With this shape, it's best to avoid wide blunt bangs because they tend to highlight the forehead. Instead, a flattering cut for you is very long bangs. They sweep down below the chin, which automatically makes the eye sweep down as well.

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Heart-Shaped Face: Wispy Fringe

Heart-Shaped Face: Wispy Fringe
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Layered, feathered bangs are a great option for heart-shaped faces. They add an angle on top that offsets the angle of your chin, bringing your entire look into balance.

This style also follows her part, with just a few bangs on one side and more on the other. It's a great way to add extra volume to thinner hair.

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Heart-Shaped Face: Long, Piece-y Bangs

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Long fringe looks amazing on a heart-shaped face. It's not a super thick blunt cut and it's not thin and wispy either. It's stunning when the fringe sweeps just below the brow and is just a tad longer on the sides.

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Oval Face: Any Bangs Work

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Most people have an oval face, which is just a bit longer than it is wide. The good news is that you can get away with pretty much any style of bangs.

This fringe is a great option because it isn't too heavy. The bangs can be brushed down or swept to the side and they will grow out beautifully. 

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Oval Face: Rock 'n Roll Bangs

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A long shag haircut is a perfect style for thick bangs that are left to do their thing. It's a great style for anyone with an oval or long face.

The key here is to air dry so you get the natural wave, but you also want to remember to style your bang before they dry. With wavy hair, they can easily get out of control.

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Long Face: Long Bangs

Mena Suvari with bangs
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A long face often means a long forehead. Not only do bangs help cover that up, they can also make your face appear wider.

Long bangs are very flattering for a long face. You can wear your part down the middle to get a beautiful face-framing curtain, or part it along the side for extra volume. Either style is perfect, especially if you have straight or slightly wavy hair.

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Long Face: Heavy Blunt Bangs

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Just as flattering on a long face, thickly cut blunt bangs are a great choice. Because these start at the crown of the head, they naturally shorten a longer face. These bangs look great on long hair, shoulder-length hair, and even short hair.

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Long Face: Fringe Bangs

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Fringe bangs are another gorgeous choice and they work best on women with a high forehead, which often comes with an oblong face. They're also a great choice if you have fine hair and can't fill the thicker cuts.

If you have a short forehead and covet fringe bangs, all is not lost. Simply ask your stylist to cut your bangs farther back on your head.

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All Faces: Side-Swept Bangs

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Side-swept bangs are a gorgeous addition to a pixie haircut. The great news is that these bangs make the shorter cut work with every face shape. If you have a very round face, though, you might consider wearing your hair longer.

The other nice thing about this cut is that it's versatile. If you feel like going with a mussy wash-and-go style one day, you can. Yet, it can also be styled more carefully for a cute or professional look.

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All Faces: Not-Quite Blunt, Not-Quite Side-Swept Bangs

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Taylor Swift with great heavy bangs. James Devaney (l) and Ignat/Bauer-Griffin (r) for Getty Images

These heavy fringe bangs are not quite blunt and not quite side-swept but they are very, very thick. It's a look that would be gorgeous on all face shapes.

The angled bangs show off gorgeous bone structure on a square-faced woman. They will also balance out the roundness of a round face and shorten the length of a long face. On a heart-shaped face, they draw the eye up and away from a pointy chin. They're perfect and right on trend.