The Best Bangs for Your Face Shape

Okay, so you’re ready to take the plunge. You want to add bangs to your hairstyle, but you’re not sure how to go about it. Maybe you had them when you were younger and want to try them again without mom holding the scissors. You might want to add more drama to your look or are just ready for a change. Not to worry because we did the research and found the best bangs for every face shape.


Ignoring the creepiness of the above illustration, these are they four main face shapes we’re going to talk about today.


Bangs can make a round face appear even fuller, so use caution when going for the snip. Thick, side-swept fringe will add more angles to your face. Take a note from Emma Stone or Cameron Diaz to master this look if you have a round face.


Congratulations, your face shape is the most versatile when it comes to wearing fringe. Lea Michele is the perfect example because she’s worn every style of bangs to thick and blunt to long and wispy to side-swept, and she looks great rocking them all. Find the bangs you’re coveting most, and go for it!


A heart-shaped face can appear a little top heavy, but a side-swept bang will add balance and draw attention towards your beautiful eyes. Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt know how to play up their best features by adding fringe to their hairstyles.



Bangs can soften the angles of a square-shaped face if you cut them correctly. Take a look at Nicole Richie’s hairstyle above. Her eye-grazing bangs are tapered on the sides to give a wispy, ethereal look. But take it from me, as a blunt-banged girl with a square face, you can definitely go shorter with your fringe. If you want bangs that hit above the eyebrows, just make sure to ask your stylist for tapering on the sides, and you’ll get the dramatic look with the same softening qualities.

What do you think, will you try fringe the next time you visit the salon?

[Lead image via Kseniia Perminova/Shuttershock]

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