Face Shapes

Do You Know Your Face Shape?

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This is one of our most popular posts on The Cut Life, so we’ve decided to share it again! Do you have any additional questions about face shapes? Leave them in the comments below!

We’ve all been there.

We’re scrolling through Instagram posts, watching TV or having some retail therapy at the mall, and we spot a fly haircut. We immediately start imagining how that cut would look on us. How it would accentuate our eyes, bring out those cheekbones or totally reinvent our look. The next thing you know, we’re in the stylist’s chair, watching our hair float gently to the floor, only to realize you only liked the cut on someone else — not on you.

The issue may be that the cut simply doesn’t fit your face shape. So, before you get scissor happy again, take a look at our guide below.

There are many face shapes, but most narrow it down to four: round, oval, heart and square.

  • Round faces have the same width and length, and have a soft, rounded jawline.
  • Oval faces have the softness of a round face, but they are longer than they are wide. Oval faces are often touted as the “perfect” shape.
  • Heart-shaped faces are wider than they are long, and the jawline tapers down to a pointed chin. It’s also said that people with “true” heart-shaped faces have a widow’s peak.
  • Square faces have the same width and length, but unlike the round face, their jawline has sharp angles.

Now that you know your face shape, it’s time to look at the haircuts that are best for you!


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Round: The best cuts for this shape add structure to your soft jawline. Kelly Osbourne’s sassy pompadour and Chrisette Michele’s hipster hi-top fade, also add length your face. Read more about round faces.

Kelly Osbourne’s pompadour

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Chrisette Michele’s hi-top fade


Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixieScreen Shot 2015-09-30 at 3.28.27 PM

Photo credit Gage Skidmore


Oval: If you have an oval face, you have plenty of room to play around with various haircuts and styles. Just take a cue from Queen Bey, who has been playing around with shorter haircuts, such as the wet and wavy lob (long bob = lob) she rocked in the latest issue of “Vogue.” Or, if you’re new to #TheCutLife, go for the tried-and-true “Halle Berry” (cue Hurricane Chris), which is better known as the pixie. Read more about oval faces.

Beyonce’s lob


Halle Berry’s pixie

Halle Berry (creative commons brava 67)

Photo via Flickr brava 67


Heart: Ladies with heart-shaped faces have prominent chins, which means that you may want to draw attention someplace else. In this case, bangs are a striking way to bring attention away from your chin and up to your eyes. Try blunt bangs or side-swept bangs, it’s all up to you. Read more about heart-shaped faces.

Kerry Washington with blunt bangs


Taraji P Henson

Taraji (credit_tarajiphenson IG)

Rihanna’s asymmetrical bob



Square: The best cuts for square faces soften the jawline and your other sharp angles. Just take a look at Ciara’s new, sophisticated bob. Read more about square faces.

Ciara’s bob


Now, I’m going to throw in a haircut that I believe can look good on everyone — the faded or shaved look.

Amber Rose

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I may or may not be biased (look at my profile picture to find out), but the key to pulling off this look has more to do with confidence rather than face shape.

Now, that you’ve read our list, remember this: This post is simply a guide, and that ultimately, you should choose a haircut based on how it makes you feel — beautiful, sassy, daring, whimsical or downright sexy. Now, go forth and put those scissors to good use!

Until next time, stay stunning.

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