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These Are the Best Bangs for Every Face Shape, According to Stylists

Want bangs but not sure what style will be the most flattering? Check out our handy guide to finding the best bangs for your face shape.


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By Erin Lukas, InStyle

If you’ve ever considered getting them, you’ve probably texted “Should I get bangs?” to all of the contacts you have saved in your phone. We get it: There's a lot to consider. Along with the commitment of getting regular trims, bangs come in so many different shapes, layers, and forms. In other words, not all bangs are created equal, and it’s hard to figure out which ones are the best for you.

That’s where our handy guide comes in. We talked to celebrity hairstylists about their tips for choosing the best bangs for your face shape. Keep scrolling if you’re ready to take the plunge and finally let your stylist do the job.



1

Rihanna: Square Face

Rihanna’s long, eye-grazing bangs that are tapered on the sides add a soft element to square face shapes. When you’re at the salon, ask your stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces on the sides so they don’t mask your eyes. The center strands can be feathery as a little forehead peeking through is ideal. “Heavy bangs like this need to hit the right place, otherwise, they can easily overwhelm your face,” stylist Andy Lecompte previously told InStyle.



2

Taylor Swift: Round Face

Lecompte says that gently arching fringe will compliment soft features. Since bangs can make circular faces appear even fuller, the right shape is key. Request a graphic, curved shape that will flatter your bone structure. Thick bangs, rather than wispy versions, will make more of an impact.



3

Reese Witherspoon: Heart-Shaped Face

"A heart-shaped face can be a little top heavy. Side-swept bangs have a balancing effect and draw the attention down and towards the eyes," Lecompte previously told InStyle. Your ideal shape is layered, feathered bangs where the shortest pieces hit the arch of your eyebrows, and the longest meet the outer corner of your eyes.



4

Dakota Johnson: Oval Face

Good news for oval face shapes: nearly every type of fringe is flattering on you. That being said, airy, pin-straight ones will accentuate your face without feeling bulky.  "Ask for bangs that hit between the brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edges," Johnson’s stylist Mark Townsend previously told InStyle. "That way, you can wear them swept aside or straight with a middle part."



5

Emma Stone: Small Forehead

Lecompte says that a sloping asymmetrical fringe will make a short forehead appear stronger and more pronounced. To elongate your brow, ask your stylist to cut your bangs on a steep, swooping, angle that blends into cheek-skimming layers. Although this style requires a deep side-part, it works well on virtually any face shape.



6

Kerry Washington: High Forehead

Swingy bangs have a double effect. The style’s thickness conceals the forehead, while the gradual angle opens up and widens the face. "Heavy side-swept bangs that start in the center of the forehead and taper diagonally to a cheek-grazing length," Lecompte previously told InStyle. "It’s ok that these bangs start beyond your natural hairline. They’re substantial and need a good anchor."

See more at: InStyle

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