The Best Bangs for Your Face Shape

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What Bangs Work Best for Your Face Shape?

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

Bangs can make a boring cut edgy. They can take years off a face and they bring attention to the eyes. They are flattering on all face shapes. The catch is finding the right bangs for your face shape. 

In this photo gallery, see what types of bangs work best on each face shape and why. But in addition to face shape, you also want to consider texture. If you have ​curly hair, you should avoid bangs period, no matter your face shape. Bangs just pouf up on you. Also, keep in mind that bangs take maintenance. And if you do get them, you must, must, must learn how to blow dry bangs properly. Too many women suffer from Bubble Bangs syndrome, which happens when they dry their bangs under with a round brush.

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Best Bangs for Square Face Shapes: Eye-Grazing Fringe

Jennifer Garner. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

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.

Since 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 perfect bangs is to ensure that the bangs are tapered on the sides and are 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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Great Bangs for Square Faces

Nicole Richie. Frazer Harrison for Getty

These bangs look wonderful on Nicole Richie, a natural square face. Make sure if you get heavy fringe, to ask your stylist to cut them while your hair is dry, otherwise they may shrink up when they dry and end up too short. Heavy fringe should hit just below the brow with longer pieces on the sides.

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Full Fringe Looks Great on Square Faces — With One Caveat

Rachel Zoe. Charley Gallay // Getty Images

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

It works great on square faces, with one caveat: the sides of the fringe must be longer than the middle of the fringe. If you get the typical blunt bangs, your face risks appearing even more angular. The longer edges soften a square face.

One suggestion for great hairstyles is to keep an eye out on celebrities who share your face shape. Square-faced celebs include Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Garner, and Megan Fox.

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The Round Face

Emma Stone. Ben Pruchnie // Getty

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 for one thing: your jaw is soft, not angular.

Because of the softness of your face, your goal is to create some angles and make your face appear longer. A great bangs bet is side-swept bangs, like the ones here on Emma Stone (a natural round face).

Wispy bangs are not good; they only increase the softness of your face and won't have much of an impact. Make sure your bangs are thick.

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Angular Bangs Are Perfect for Round Faces

Taraji P. Henson. Alberto E. Rodriguez // Getty

The bangs here on Taraji P. Henson (who has a naturally round face) work perfectly with her face shape. Here, she doesn't even look like she has a round face, whereas in other photos, she most certainly does.

Note the graphic sweep of her bang. This adds length to her face.

Other round face shapes to watch: Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Hudson, and Adele.

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Great Bangs for a Round Face

Cameron Diaz. Tim Whitby for Getty

Because bangs can make a full face appear wider, you have to be careful to choose the right cut for your face. Here, Cameron Diaz's long, side-swept bangs actually flatter her round face because the angle of the bangs are a great contrast for the roundness of her face.

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The Right Way to Wear Blunt Bangs if You Have a Round Face

Taylor Swift. Ben Pruchnie for Getty Images

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.

Taylor Swift has a round face and these blunt bangs look gorgeous on her. Why? The secret to these blunt bangs is in the curve of them. Note how they are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. This gives Swift's soft features a bit of angle. The long, straight hair is gorgeous on a long face as well. It also adds angles to softened features.

It's important to keep this fringe long enough so that it curves with the eyebrows, suggests stylist Oscar Blandi in Glamour Magazine.

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Heart-Shaped Faces

Actress Jennifer Aniston. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

If you have a heart-shaped face, your forehead tends to be wider than your jawline and your chin comes to a distinct point. Your goal is to balance out the bottom of your face with the top of it and to downplay your pointed chin.

Avoid wide blunt bangs. These will highlight your forehead. The best cut for you is long side-swept bangs. These sweep down below the chin and therefore sweep the eye down. Note Jennifer Aniston (a heart-shaped face) and her long fringe here.

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Wispy Fringe: A Great Look for Heart-Shaped Faces

Reese Witherspoon. Alberto E. Rodriguez // Getty Images

Love the bangs on actress Reese Witherspoon, who is a classic heart-shaped face. Layered, feathered bangs are a great option for heart-shaped faces.

More celebrities with heart-shaped faces: Jennifer Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin.

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Long, Piece-y Bangs are Great for Heart-Shaped Faces

Rashida Jones. Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

Long fringe, such as these on heart-shaped face Rashida Jones, look amazing on her. Note how the fringe sweeps just below the brow and is just a tad longer on the sides. It's simply stunning.

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Oval Faces Can Pretty Much Wear Anything

Olivia Wilde. Alberto E. Rodriguez // Getty Images

An oval face is the coveted face shape. Luckily, it's the face shape most people have. Your face is oval if it's a bit longer than it is wide. If it's a lot longer than it's wide and you have a big forehead and close-set eyes, then you are probably a long face shape. More on that later.

Oval faces can get away with pretty much any bang hairstyle.This look on Olivia Wilde because 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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The Perfect Pixie: Awesome for Oval, Round and Heart-Shaped Faces

Sveta Utkina. Photographed by Olivia Graham for Grazia 07

The pixie is a gorgeous haircut for oval, round and heart-shaped faces.

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Rock 'n' Roll Bangs for an Oval Face Shape

Alexa Chung. Michael Loccisano // Getty Images

Alexa Chung has terrific style and she pretty much always wears bangs. Her long shag haircut here is pretty much her signature look. It's a great style for anyone with an oval or long face. The key here is to air dry your hair so you get the natural wave thing going.

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The Best Bangs for Long Faces

Mena Suvari. Left Jason Merritt, right Michael Buckner for Getty Images

The goal of anyone with a long face is to make the face appear wider and to cover up a large forehead. You can do this brilliantly with bangs and lucky you, you can get away with long, side-swept bangs such as these on actress Mena Suvari, or blunt bangs.

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Heavy Blunt Bangs: Gorgeous on a Long Face Shape

Rose Byrne.

This hairstyle is lovely because of its thick bangs which start up at the crown, shortening a long face. These bangs look great on long hair, shoulder-length hair and even short hair.

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Bad Bangs vs. Good Bangs

Kate Capshaw. Getty Images: Gregg DeGuire and Rob Kim

If you have straight hair, you can create more width with bangs. Bangs make your face appear shorter because they cover up a particularly large forehead. But you want to make sure to get a haircut that's not too dated. The bangs in the left image above on actress Kate Capshaw are dated. They are simply too short and frankly make her look like she's wearing a wig with a bad bang cut (which she very well may be).

Make sure your stylist gives your bangs a few delicate layers instead of cutting straight across or you'll look like a 4-year-old cut your bangs. The bangs should hit at your brow or just under it. The bangs on Capshaw on the right are much more flattering.

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Gorgeous Fringe Bangs

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These bangs are absolutely gorgeous and work best on women with high foreheads. If you have a short forehead and still covet fringe bangs, just cut your bangs further back on your head.

This is a great bangs option for women with fine hair.

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Great Bangs for All Face Shapes

Chelsea Kane. Jon Kopaloff (l) and Allen Berezovsky (r) for Getty Images

These gorgeous side-swept bangs are perfect on actress Chelsea Kane's adorable platinum pixie haircut. And the good news is these bangs on this cut work with every face shape. If you have a super round face, you might consider wearing your hair longer.

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Taylor Swift's Awesome Not-Quite Blunt, Not-Quite Side-Swept Bangs

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

How amazing are Taylor Swift's heavy fringe? Her bangs are not quite blunt and not quite side-swept but 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 balance out the roundness of a round face, they shorten the length of a long face and they bring attention away from a pointy chin on a heart-shaped face.

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Fringe Bangs and Long Hair: A Great Combination

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This is a great hairstyle on women of all face shapes. Note how the fringe hits her eyebrows. Anything shorter can seem dated.

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Julianne Hough's Chic Short Cut With Long Bangs


These thick, side-swept bangs are great for a pixie haircut. Sometimes pixie cuts can be too boyish and unoriginal almost as if a woman went to a barber and asked him to make her look like a guy, but great bangs can make or break a pixie hairstyle. These rock 'n roll bangs on Julianne Hough are proof that even short hair can be extremely sexy.

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Jennifer Garner's Bangs and Long Hair


These side-swept bangs help soften Garner's strong, angular jaw (she has a classic square face with a pointy chin).

There's no better way to make a boring long hairstyle fresh then to get bangs. You can either ask for side-swept bangs or get blunt bangs, which will then grow out nicely into side-swept bangs like these on Garner.

If you want to keep your blunt bangs, keep in mind they are high maintenance and you'll want to trim them yourself unless you don't mind ducking into the salon for free bang trims (most salons offer them).

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Kelly Osbourne's Pompadour and Long Bangs

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Kelly Osbourne has a round face that also appears to be a bit square when she loses weight as she has here. Her pompadour cut works beautifully on her round/square face as you can see here, because it adds volume to the top of her head, giving the effect of lengthening her face.

The pompadour is very trendy these days and works beautifully on all face shapes except long faces and oval faces that are verging on long.