Oval Face Shapes
Women with the oval shape faces (like Taylor Swift) should rejoice because you can do virtually any type of bangs. For you, it's more about maintenance than anything else. Longer bangs will require more frequent trims. The thin and wispy variety can be a challenge for girls with natural curls or texture. You'll have to blow them out, but not too much or you'll be in 80s territory. Check out the following examples of oval beauties with different types of trim.
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Square Face Shapes
For the rest of us, a set of bangs is all about bringing balance to our face shape. They can be an enhancement if done right. For example, Nicole Richie's thinned edges. These allow you to avoid cutting your face in half, making it look boxy. Volume and a rounded edge give balance as well, à la Heidi Klum. When leaving your hair up, face-framing pieces soften your look.
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Heart Face Shapes
The heart shape is characterized by a prominent chin, in which case bangs can draw the eye upward to great effect. But make sure they're not too long or heavy. Your best bet is a side-swept, layered variety. Carey Mulligan's are the better version here. Covering up most of her forehead with the diagonal line provides beautiful symmetry.
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Round Face Shapes
When your face is round (like Christina Ricci), you want to balance it out with lengthening lines, usually done by layering. The same is true for your bangs. Side-swept, layered styles provide both length and an angle that balances out your young-looking visage. Check out Mila Kunis' hair on the next slide. If you're not into bangs, you can fake them with a deep, side-parted updo; it helps to practice the look before you get it cut.
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Long Face Shapes
Longer faces usually go with longer necks and limbs, so hold your head high and get some bangs. While you can absolutely do blunt bangs (especially if your face leans toward the slender side), Kelly Rowland's and Jessica Alba's side-swept bangs are just as gorgeous. Minimize layers on your fringe and feel free to go thick. The blunter and thicker the bang, the more balance you'll give to your face.
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Diamond Face Shapes
The diamond shape is similar to a heart shape. The difference is usually in a shorter forehead and face overall (like Taraji P. Henson). The diamond shape is ideal for sexy, eye-grazing styles. Let your bangs be longer than your forehead to give length. Cutting them on the diagonal will offset a sharp chin or jawline.
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It never fails, the very minute your bangs have grown out, after months of careful trimming and wishing on a star, your favorite celeb goes and gets hers cut — and she looks amazing! Should you get yours cut again? Not until you take a good, long look in the mirror beyond your pretty features and take in the whole picture. Because to get the perfect set of bangs, you’ve got to start with the shape of your face. And darling, if you’re more of an Emma Stone shape instead of a Michelle Williams, then all the wishing in the world isn’t going to make Michelle’s bangs look as good on you as they do on her. Hey, it’s tough love, but somebody’s got to dish it out.
The good news is that celeb faces come in many shapes and sizes, just like the rest of us. So check out the best bangs for your face shape by looking at your celeb counterpart above, then decide if it’s time for you to go under the razor or scissors again.
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