Ph: John Akehurst for Vogue Japan

Ph: John Akehurst for Vogue Japan

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An Oval Face: Known as an oval or a diamond shaped face, this is normally a rounded jawline, and a wider forehead with accentuated cheek bones. Think Kate Moss shape.

If you have this face shape then you are super lucky as you can pull off any fringe cut going. This is considered one of the most versatile face shapes So my recommendations would be to have whatever you feel suits you, your style and dress sense.

Oval Face Celebrities: Julianne Moore, Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba, Oprah Winfrey, Carey Mulligan.

Ph: Jem Mitchell for Turkish Vogue

Ph: Jem Mitchell for Turkish Vogue

8TH MAY 2019


What’s fashionable and what isn’t is difficult to say these days as fashion and beauty moves so fast and trends tend not to last that long anymore.

So, rather than me telling you what’s hot and what’s not, I decided it’s better to let you know what suits what face and then you can decide.

I’ve always loved a rock and roll fringe personally, sitting below the eyebrows, almost hiding behind it with a bit of texture to it, but I know that’s not for everybody so I won’t be selfish here!

Let’s take a look at what you might have and we’ll go from there………

There are 5 main face shapes to look at: Round face, Oval face, Square face, Long Face and Heart shaped.
See which one is you from the images below:

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Ph: Jem Mitchell for Vogue China

Ph: Jem Mitchell for Vogue China

A Square Face: Square faces are of equal width and height, and a have a defined square jawline. The most obvious choice of fringe cut here is the side fringe. Basically, one that is cut to wear over to the side. Cutting them from mid-eyebrow to just below the eyebrow or even a little lower is ideal and you should push them to either side, ( whichever you prefer) or even part them down the middle. Either way, don’t cut them too short. otherwise they will accentuate the squareness. You want to try and soften out the squareness so anything that cuts into the face shape a little will automatically soften it down and reduce sharpness.

Celebrities with Square faces: Rihanna, Lucy Liu, Kristin Wiig, Keira Knightley, Kate Hudson’s

A Heart-Shaped Face: This face shape has a wider forehead, a pointed jaw and a small chin. A long layered fringe that is sweeping across to the side from a centre parting is ideal for drawing attention to your eyes and the middle of your face. Heart shaped faces tend to have strong cheekbones so accentuating those is imperative as it takes away the focus from your more pointed chin. I suggest to cut the fringe from the eyebrow to the top of the cheekbone

Hally Berry, Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson Reese Witherspoon,

A Round Face:  A rounder face identifies as fuller with wider cheeks. A shorter, layered fringe is a great way to give the illusion of more length in the face. This is also sometimes known as a micro fringe. My recommendation would be not to go too wide with the width of the fringe as it can accentuate the roundness, but this type of fringe is a great way to show off your eyes. The rest of the length of your hair will keep the face looking a little narrower and not so round.

Another option is the heavier side-swept fringe, cut at a strong angle and a little softer around the edges. This cuts into the round face a little again giving the illusions of it being less round, and adding some depth to the face.

Round face celebrities: Cameron Diaz, Michelle Williams, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Gemma Chan, Miranda Kerr, Penelope Cruz.

A Long Face and/or High Forehead: With this face shape the forehead, cheeks and jawline are all about the same width. Ideally a a chunkier, fuller, longer fringe helps to give the illusion of a smaller face. Try a longer fringe that gets longer at the sides. If committing to a heavy block fringe seems too much for you then break the fringe up slightly by not having so much hair cut into the fringe, but still keeping the length of it longer to achieve a similar look. .

NB: Also keep the length of the rest of your hair a little shorter. The longer your hair generally is the more your face will elongate.

Celebrities with long faces: Liv Tyler, Nicole Kidman, Iman, Meryl Streep

So I hope that helps you all in choosing the right fringe/bangs for you. Of course, always ask your stylist for their recommendations too, and if you want to see what you look like with a fringe there are temporary options available like clip-in fringes or even try on a wig. I suggest to try on something close to your own colour as it will be more realistic. It’s fun if nothing else.

Happy fringing.