The best fringe for your face shape

Find out which style will best suit you

Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / May 25 2017

No hairstyle can get you out of a hair rut quite like a fringe can. While you might have sought inspiration from Kendall Jenner’s wispy front bangs or are obsessed with Alexa Chung’s stylish curtain fringe, there’s a chance their fringe style might not be suited to your face shape. To make sure the style you’ve chosen will flatter your features, we’ve put together a list of the most flattering fringes for different face shapes.

If you have…a round face

For those with a rounder face shape, you might want to steer clear of straight or blunt bangs as they can accentuate the fullness of your face, making it appear shorter. Instead, opt for a side-swept fringe that is cut at a strong angle and flows to the side of your eye. Emma Stone’s soft side fringe is a perfect example.

If you have…an oval face

Good news! Due to the symmetrical nature of your facial features, most fringes will suit you. If your face is still oval but is on the longer side like Alexa Chung, a curtain fringe that sweeps to the sides of the face with the strands lengthening towards the chin is ideal.

If you have…a heart-shaped face

In order to draw the attention to the eyes and balance the angularity of the chin, those with heart-shaped faces like Reese Witherspoon should ask for a feathery side fringe that cuts across the width of the forehead.

If you have…a square face

Long wispy fringes that fall over the forehead with strands around the edge of the face are ideal for those with a square face. The strands help to create the illusion of softness around a prominent jaw.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and have a chop, make sure to check out the six things you should know before getting a fringe.

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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.