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How to: Find the Best Hair Style for your Face Shape

Fri, 1 February 2013 3:11PM

Choosing the right haircut to frame your face is the beauty equivalent of investing in a flattering little black dress. Get it right and you’ll always look sleek and stylish, no matter what is going on elsewhere.

There’s also a certain science to the art. It’s all about proportions. Just as a tight bodice and flowing skirt suits (and balances out) more buxom girls, long layered hair falling from a centre part best complements (and fills out) a heart-shaped face.

But unlike your LBD, you’re going to be donning your ‘do all day, every day. Talk about commitment, Primpers!

The most common face shapes are square, oval, circle and heart. Pinpointing exactly what your shape is can be difficult, especially if you’re prone to bias (I’d love to think I slot into the oval group, being able to carry off any style, but I’m actually a circle).

The ideal person to seek out expert advice from is your hairstylist, who has the eye, and years of experience, to know exactly what looks best for you.

So on that note, Primpers, Jaye Edwards from the Surry Hills hair salon Edwards and Co has offered up some key tips to guide us in decoding our most flattering haircut yet.

If you’re a Heart, think Reese Witherspoon …

“A middle part with soft long layers and shaping around the face works best as it softens her pointed chin,” says Jaye. Slightly curled hair is also a flattering style for this shape, as it helps to round out a more narrow face.

If you’re a Square, think Olivia Wilde …

“Go for a collarbone-length cut with a sweeping fringe and soft layers,” advises Jaye. “This helps to elongate the face as well as soften the jawbone.” Also try adding a few subtle highlights to add extra depth, and to draw the eyes up and away from a bottom-heavy face.

If you’re a Circle, think Kirsten Dunst …

“A slight fringe adds extra dimension as well as drawing attention away from a large forehead,” says Jaye, who adds that the most flattering cut for a circular-shaped face would be a pixie crop, as it would frame the face so well. But if you’re too scared to part with your long locks, try wearing them up in a high pony.

If you’re an Oval, think Megan Fox …

This is the most versatile of all the face shapes, being able to carry off most styles beautifully, but long hair looks particularly stunning, says Jaye. “You can get away with long lengths so you might as well enjoy them!” If you’re blessed with an oval-shaped face and after long, silky strands, make sure to invest in a good quality hair mask and treat your hair to some TLC to keep it looking healthy.

- Sarah Sayers

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  • Posted by: loopy-lexy // Fri, 1 February 2013 04:37pm

    At make-up school our teacher told us that people actually have three “face shape” points, that is, you could potentially have 3 different face shapes in one (I think this is why it’s often so hard to figure out which you are!)- you judge based on the jawline, the hairline, and the placement of the cheekbones. My hairline is square, but my face is elongated, so in the end I’m kind of rectangular…

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:29pm

    Lucky for me I have an oval shaped face so I can get away with most hairstyles.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 08:13pm

    It’s tricky for me to figure out what shape i have. Maybe im a heart shape. Ive got a chin like reese’s. I wish my hair was like hers.

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Sat, 2 February 2013 01:59am

    I definitely have an oval face shape which is great but then I find it so hard to choose a hairstyle because there are so many possibilities! I wish it was narrowed down a lil haha

  • Posted by: swoopingbuzzards Master Fan // Sat, 2 February 2013 12:44pm

    literally learned about face shapes in makeup class yesterday.

    I always thought I had a round face shape but turns out I’m a square!
    I have fullness in the cheeks which is why I was confused, but thats not how you judge.
    jawline, cheek bones and hairline, like loopy-lexy said :)

    I never really noticed before but I’ve got a pretty strong/sharp jawline, not as strong as Olivia Wilde though….

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sun, 3 February 2013 05:59pm

    My face shape has changed as i have gotten older, I now have an oval face which I love

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 10:54am

    I’m an oval shaped face, but am still not very adventurous with hairstyles.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 11:00am

    Some good suggestions here.
    I have a good hairdresser who always gives me great cuts.

  • Posted by: bessie // Mon, 4 February 2013 12:39pm

    In the interest of being interesting to a few more readers – how about some suggestions for those with short hair?

  • Posted by: Amy // Mon, 4 February 2013 01:40pm

    I have an oval face, grew out my frindge but I don’t seem
    to find the wright product to ge rid off my frizz…

    need to find a hairdresser that would take the time to give lots of advice & know what my hair needs.

  • Posted by: jennybean Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:14pm

    I think I’ll look to Kristen for hair inspiration from now on!

  • Posted by: inaj Devotee // Wed, 6 February 2013 07:50pm

    I’m a round/circle shape…. I think…but I’m not really sure. My hair style is kinda like Kirsten Dunst’s but short.

  • Posted by: Daria Devotee // Thu, 7 February 2013 12:23pm

    Great article!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Thu, 7 February 2013 11:10pm

    I’m round – hate how my face always looks so fat in photos :( Wish I was more like Megan Fox – oval shaped.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:11pm

    So true loopy-lexy, that’s why I can never figure out my face shape.

  • Posted by: cheska miles // Thu, 14 February 2013 11:43am

    Really enjoyed this post. It reminded me of a story I read on Mamamiarecently.Apparently the fashion world has already found the “haircut of the year”- pretty big call considering we’re only a couple of months in! http://www.mamamia.com.au/style/is-the-karlie-this-years-rachel/

  • Posted by: mioche Enthusiast // Tue, 5 March 2013 04:26pm

    I’m an oval shape however I think women with oval shaped faces look amazing with short hair. I always get so many more compliments when I cut my hair short. It’s very difficult for most women to carry off short hair, I think you need high cheek bones which oval’s have.

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:52pm

    Great tips for each face shape!

  • Posted by: missselin Master Fan // Tue, 2 April 2013 10:42am

    I cannot figure out my face shape /:

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Mon, 8 April 2013 06:05pm

    Just once in my life I would love a pro to tell me if I’ve gotten it right or wrong!

  • Posted by: Anonymous // Sun, 23 June 2013 02:00pm

    Megan Fox has an oval/oblong shaped face. Most people have at least 2 shapes to their face. No shape is better than another, you just work with what you’ve got. People say my face is oval shaped mostly, and Ive noticed from my own face and from some other oval shaped girls that a full fringe is not a good look on an oval face. So we have our limits too. I think it just depends on the individual.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 23 June 2013 09:02pm

    I’m oval, i love this look.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 22 July 2013 01:22pm

    I like Olivia Wilde’s hair, its a lovely toned look and a great style.

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 01:50pm

    Reese looks gorgeous! I’m not sure if I’m oval or more round.

  • Posted by: sari Devotee // Thu, 29 August 2013 08:58am

    Good read. Flattering styles for face shapes, its always good to experiment with hairdos and talk to your hair dresser for any thoughts or simply interaction and words of wisdom on Primped…always helpful!!! Thank you.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 7 March 2014 09:14pm

    Its good to know your face shape, I have an oval shape.

  • Posted by: R. Douglas Fletcher // Sun, 7 September 2014 06:02pm

    The advice above is so very true — I’m an overweight, 40 year-old woman, with thin, fly-away, dead-straight hair, with one side of my face being oval and the other side round, but in finding my perfect style (a simple, very long, side-parted ‘Veronica Lake’), even I can have a ‘Hollywood Glamour’, and love my looks … and I do! It instantly takes five kilos of each cheek and makes my double-chin seem to just disappear. I actually have pretty good cheekbones, but with the wrong style you can’t see them for the fat in my face — with the right style though, one can see the definition in my cheeks that is there (instead of resembling a chipmunk!). So don’t let being overweight and ‘older’, with thinning hair, as it does as we age, make you think you can’t have a great style that is very flattering, hiding all the bad and highlighting all the good — you can!

    To anyone having real difficulty determining their face-shape therefore, I’d advise that you consider the possibility that you’re asymmetrical, as I am (and most of us are). A great, fantastically flattering style is still possible.

    And don’t forget the impact of colour — not ironically, as close as possible to your natural shade and tone will be your best colour, but one can add high-lights and low-tones for some structure, body and pizazz.

    And my number one tip: forget whatever is “in fashion”, and find YOUR best look, for it will always be far more flattering than the latest thing if that doesn’t suit you.