The Best Bangs For Your Face Shape

There’s nothing worse than walking into a salon with a reference photo in hand and coming out with a look that doesn’t suit you at all. One thing we all tend to forget is that even if your color and cut are the same as your favorite celebrity’s, the shape of your face is likely different, so the style just may not work. If you’re thinking about getting bangs for fall, check out these expert tips from stylist Kenji Ishimoto of Frédéric Fekkai Fifth Avenue that will help you determine exactly which fringe complements your face—plus the pictures to prove it.


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"Two types of bangs work best for round faces. The first is sideswept, which hit right underneath the eyes. They show off the forehead and make the face look less round. The other is textured bangs, which give dimension and make the face appear more angular."

Celebrity inspo: Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence.

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"This shape is a great fit for straight-across bangs and blunt textured bangs. Straight bangs help widen the appearance of a long face and emphasize the eyes. Another option is sideswept bangs that cover the forehead. This length hits around the cheekbone, broadening the face."

Celebrity inspo: Eva Longoria, Liv Tyler, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Dakota Johnson.

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"An oval face is the ideal shape for bangs because it can pull off a range of styles, depending on the texture, hairline and personality of the individual. Blunt straight-across bangs enhance the eyes. Textured straight-across bangs also amp up the eyes while simultaneously softening the face. For sideswept bangs, most lengths will work. Short textured bangs give an edgier look. Brigitte Bardot bangs—longer and thicker (but not too thick)—with a middle part showing a bit of forehead can be perfect for an oval shape."

Celebrity inspo: Taylor Swift, Krysten Ritter, Rose Byrne, Jessica Alba, Carey Mulligan.

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"A long side bang draws the eye away from the jawline and softens the look. Full straight-across bangs are challenging for a square shape, but adding some texture with longer pieces at the side frames the face."

Celebrity inspo: Olivia Wilde, Lucy Liu, Emily Deschanel.

Round: The sides of your face curve slightly outward. Your chin is rounded and your cheekbones are the widest part of your face.

Long: Your face is longer than it is wide. Your forehead, cheekbones and jawline are equal proportions.

Oval: Your forehead is only a bit wider than your curved chin—picture an egg placed upside down. Similar to a long face, oval has a softer chin and a bit more curve to the sides.

Square: The sides of your face are straight, and your jawline has minimal curve. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long.