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The Best Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

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You’ve been dying to switch up your hair, but haven’t had the best luck doing so. Getting blunt bangs seemed like a great idea at the time…until you realized that it emphasized your not-so-favorite features. Finding the right hairstyle that compliments your face and hair type feels like mission impossible. There are so many things you have to take into account: Will it make my eyes stand out? Does it require constant upkeep? Can I take it back?

If any of those thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you’re in the right place. Here’s how you can find the best hairstyle for your face shape.

If you have a round face shape…

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The length and width of your face are about the same, with your cheekbones being the widest part. Create the illusion of angles by rocking hairstyles that make your face appear longer. A wavy long bob will frame your face, making it look slimmer, and give your cheeks more definition. If you’re afraid of going that short, try waves like the ones Elizabeth Olsen is sporting. Longer layers also compliment this face shape.

If you have an oval face shape…

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Your face is slightly longer, your cheeks are a bit narrower and your jaw is round. Channel your inner Cara Delevingne. A sleek, layered blowout will look killer on you. The layers will give your hair volume without making your face look even longer. Here’s another tip: Side swept bangs will also take a few inches off of your face.

If you have an oblong face shape…

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You share a few similarities with oval faced ladies but here is where they differ: Your face is longer while your forehead, chin and cheekbones are roughly the same width. Full bangs like Kelly Rowland’s look super flattering on you and will make your face appear wider. Wavy curls or a sleek bob will also break up the length.

If you have a square face shape…

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You have a sharp jawline that is the same width as your forehead and cheekbones. Emphasize your striking features with a trendy bob or hairdo that hits right above your jawline. Notice how Solange’s sexy fro hits her face in all of the right places.

If you have a heart face shape…

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You have a wider forehead, with your chin being the narrowest part of your face. You also have a slight widow’s peak. If that’s the case, take a page out of Kerry Washington’s book. Curly hairstyles that graze your collarbone are perfect for you. Full bangs will also balance out your face and take attention away from your slimmer jaw. If you’re feeling bold, pixie cuts look great on ladies with heart shaped faces.

If you have an inverted triangle face shape…

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Your facial features are identical to the heart face shape minus the widow’s peak. Try an updo that makes your forehead appear slimmer while also adding balancing out your jawline. A tousled bun like the one Scarlet Johansson is rocking works because it smooths out the straight line of your forehead. Leave a few strands out for an even softer look.

If you have a diamond face shape…

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You have wide cheekbones with a narrower forehead and chin. Fake a broader forehead with hairstyles that show off your cheekbones like a classy top knot or a deep side part. Avoid hiding getting blunt bangs because it will only make your forehead look narrower. We love Camila Alves’ gorgeous side braid here.

If you have a pear face shape…

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Your jawline is wider than your forehead, which means that you should pick a hairdo that balances out your face. Heavy, long or side-swept bangs will make your face look rounder and draw attention to your eyes. Kelly Osbourne’s bangs even out her face and make her jawline look softer.

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.