Best Bangs by Face Shape


There’s no better way to freshen up a boring hairstyle or take 5 years off your face than with bangs and these  hairstyles featuring bangs will make you want some.

The right bangs on your face shape will make your eyes pop, show off your amazing cheekbones or help hide a high forehead (my problem).

Today’s freshest looks show off many different types of bangs: Side-swept bangs, fringe (seen here on Reese Witherspoon), brow-skimming heavy bangs and even short bangs.

61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

One of my favorite things about side-swept bangs are they look good with your hair back. Basically, you still have something going on in the front even when most of your hair is hiding away in the back.

Bangs are especially great for women with high hairlines, like me. I pull my hair back when it’s all one length and I look like I have no hair because my hairline is so high up on my head. Bangs solve this problem for me. This style is a great look for prom, the holidays or a wedding.

Premiere Screening Of Overture Films' "Law Abiding Citizen" - Red Carpet

This is a super cool look even though it seems as if might drive you crazy having bangs in your eyes all day. The nice thing about side-swept bangs such as these is you can push them off to the side when they bother you and they still look great.

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This style is very chic and makes boring long hair fresh. You can ask for blunt bangs and the great thing is they grow out nicely into sideswept bangs. If you want to keep your blunt bangs, you can Trim Your Own Bangs.

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize - Arrivals

Cool red hairstyle on Florence Welch. These are blunt bangs that have grown out into sideswept bangs. When you get your hair cut, it’s important your bangs match the rest of your hairstyle. Here, Welch’s does this beautifully. Her hair is thick and her bangs are, too.

You don’t want soft, wispy bangs paired with long, thick hair or your look will be dated.To get this look ask your stylist to cut your bangs thickly.

The middle part of the blunt bang should fall at your brow or just below it (remember, hair cut wet will dry shorter, so make sure your stylist doesn’t cut too much when hair is wet) and the sides of the blunt bangs should be longer, forming an upside down «u.»                                           Face-framing bangs are super trendy at the moment and very flattering. They also tend to grow out better than the blunt bang.

Premiere Of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" - Arrivals

I love this look. It’s particularly fresh in a ponytail. Note the dip-dye color on the tips.

15th Annual ACE Awards - Arrivals

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. Your goal is to make your long or round or square or heart-shaped face appear as oval as possible. And you can do that with bangs.

Premiere Of Warner Bros. "Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past" - Arrivals

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 your 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.

Nicole Richie Launches Her New Fragrance "Nicole"

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.

Rachel Zoe And Additional Celebrities Celebrate The Launch Of "Rachel Zoe's 'Major Must Haves' From Jockey" In Los Angeles

I absolutely love the look of long hair with thick, full fringe. 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, Megan Fox.

The Amazing Spider-Man - UK Premiere

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 are 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.

43rd NAACP Image Awards - Red Carpet

The bangs here on Taraji P. Henson (who has a natural round face) work perfectly with her face shape. Here, she doesn’t even look like she has a round face, whereas in other photos I’ve seen of her, 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, Adele.

Gambit - World Film Premiere

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, sideswept bangs actually flatter her round face because the angle of the bangs are a great contrast for the roundness of her face.

Taylor Swift Switches On Westfield London Christmas Lights

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.

jenniferanistonlongIf 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.

Side-swept bangs «draw attention down and towards the eyes, the shortest pieces should hit your face at the arch of your brow. The longest pieces should hit the outer corners of eyes.

Video Premiere Of "My Valentine" Hosted By Paul McCartney And Stella McCartney

I absolutely love bangs on actress Reese Witherspoon, who is a classic heart-shaped face. These bangs in particular are my favorite. Layered, feathered bangs are a great option for heart-shaped faces.

"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

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.

 HBO's Post 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party - Arrivals

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, than you are probably a long face shape. More on that later.

 Oval faces can get away with pretty much any bang hairstyle. I like this look on Olivia Wilde because it’s not too heavy, the bangs can be brushed down or swept to the side and they will grow out beautifully.


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


I covet this hairstyle for its thick bangs which start up at the crown, shortening a long face. I only wish my hair wasn’t so fine because I simply don’t have the volume needed for these thick bangs. But if you have a long face and thick hair, go for it. These bangs look great on long hair, shoulder-length hair and even short hair.

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 8

If you want to grow your hair long but you have a long face, get bangs. Long hair can drag down a long face, but bangs will help break up all the long lines of your face.


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