Have you ever wondered why a bob suits your mum so much more than you, or how you can pull of layers so much better than your friend? Have you loved a hair trend so much only to have it look terribly wrong on yourself? Your face shape has a lot to do with which hair cuts will look chic, and which just won’t go. On the plus side, the right hair cut can accentuate your features and hide flaws! Here’s my guide to which cuts go with which facial shapes...
1. Oval Face Shape
Flattering cuts: Any! You are lucky enough to have a face that suits almost all styles!
Cuts to avoid: Almost every style will flatter, so only avoid the ones you don’t like.
Celebrities with this face shape: Monica Bellucci, Cameron Diaz, Tyra Banks
My best friend has an oval face shape, and, boy, isn't she lucky! No matter how she wears her hair, it looks just perfect. Over the past couple of years she has tried it all - bangs like Rihanna, side-swept bangs, a classic bob, long straight hair without volume, long straight hair with volume, up-does, curls - you name it. So, if you are just as lucky as her, go to your stylist and ask for any cut you want… you'll look gorgeous no matter what! Did I mention my friend can pull off ANY shape of sun glasses too? What can I say, having an oval face shape is like winning genetic lottery - you'll be destined to look fab!
2. Face Shape: round
Flattering cuts: Anything face framing. Bangs and layers will slim the face. Choose a length that’s longer than your chin to make your face look slim and full
Cuts to avoid: Short bobs, Blunt cuts
Celebrities with this face shape: Charlotte Church, Drew Barrymore
My mum has a round face, and always looks amazing when she’s had her hair done. I love the way layers and fluffy bangs frame her face, and she looks amazing with her hair tied up, too! She has the cutest oblong sunglasses, too, which give her face more definition. I’m definitely jealous of how well she manages to carry off any length layers.
3. Face Shape: Oblong
Flattering cuts: Fluffy bangs and a short cut. Shoulder length with waves and volume
Cuts to avoid: Hair that’s too long, Hair that’s very flat
Celebrities with this face shape: Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow
Don’t you just love Liv Tyler’s hair? My sister copied it the first time she got to choose her own hair style, and it looked so gorgeous, she’s stuck with it ever since! She does struggle with it when she doesn’t have time to wash it every morning, though, as flat hair can be so hard to style! Nothing a fewhair products can't fix though. If you’ve got an oblong face, make sure you keep it clean and regularly trimmed, to keep it as gorgeous as possible!
4. Face Shape: Heart
Flattering cuts: Pixie cuts, Ear length bob, Shoulder length hair with layers
Cuts to avoid: Straight bangs, Styles that remove all hair from your face
Celebrities with this face shape: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt
I love short hair on people with heart shaped faces! I think it’s the perfect face shape, and it looks so glamorous! If you’ve never tried it, then I urge you to seriously consider giving a pixie cut or bob a try. It’s easy to maintain, looks so chic and will really emphasize your features...if you can’t contemplate going that short, keep your hair sitting on your shoulders and mix with lots of chin length layers. You’ll look stunning!
5. Face Shape: Square
Flattering cuts: Blunt cuts, that are just below shoulder length, Feathery bangs
Cuts to avoid: Anything super short
Celebrities with this face shape: Demi Moore, Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is so pretty, but I’ve always thought she could look even more gorgeous if she was a bit bolder in her haircuts, and chose a long, blunt finish. It’d look so stunning! If you’re not brave enough to go blunt just yet, try mixing in small layers, and straightening it for that perfect finish.
6. Face Shape: Diamond
Flattering cuts: A blunt, shoulder length cut, Wispy bangs in long hair, Wavy, chin length hair
Cuts to avoid: Anything shorter than your cheek bones, Anything with too much volume
Celebrities with this face shape: Kate Moss, Sophia Loren
I have a diamond face, and I originally hated it. I didn’t think I’d ever find a hairstyle that suited me, and deliberately avoided hair dressers for about two years! Then I found my current hairdresser, who despite me wanting only a trim, spent hours cutting wispy bangs and floaty layers into my hair, while keeping it long. I loved it, and he was thrilled that he’d made me love hair again! He made me realise that you may end up with a bad haircut sometimes but it's hair. It will grow back! My only issue with my hair is that it is difficult to style, though, as too much volume makes me look like I’ve slept in a wind tunnel.
Whatever your face shape, it’s important that you love your style! Find celebrities with the same face shape as you, and look through their past styles. Celebrity inspirations for hairstyles are the best! Visit your stylistwith pictures that you like, and make sure you ask for tips on how to style it to make it as hot as possible! Have you got a tip on what styles suit which face shapes? Please share it with me! Don't forget to see what other readers are saying over at Twitter.