Many women with round faces want to camouflage the roundness, rather than highlight it. Some hairstyles work better on a round face than others and in this gallery, I'll highlight the best and worst hairstyles for round faces.
That said, face shape isn't the only factor you should consider when opting for a new hairstyle. Your hair texture and personality are just as important. Find out why in 6 Things to Consider Before You Get a New Hairstyle.
This cut on Emma Stone works beautifully with her round face. Here's why:
- Long hair is gorgeous on round faces because it lengthens the face. If you have a round face, your best cuts will fall a few inches below the chin and longer. Stone's cut skims her collarbone and "the ends aren't quite blunt or layered," says her hairstylist, Mara Roszak to Allure Magazine. Roszak snipped vertically into the bottom inch. See more long hairstyles for inspiration.
- She has long, choppy layers. The shortest layer should never be above your earlobe and ideally should fall at your chin, like Stone's does, here. Too-short layers make a hairstyle appear dated and will add volume to the sides of the face, making it appear even rounder. You don't want that. Stone's layers are blended in so well that you can't tell there are layers. "I cut into the ends of each layer to make them all blend together," Roszak told Allure.
- Long, sideswept bangs create angles on a round face. "We went for long bangs that hit around her cheekbone," says Roszak to Allure. "They angle down from there, which makes them fall nicely with the rest of her hair." Learn more about bangs and round faces in Best Bangs by Face Shape.
- Gentle waves deflect the roundness of the face, so if you have natural wave in your hair (as most women do), allow your hair to do its natural "thing." Scrunch hair as it dries so it retains some of its wave or help along the wave by wrapping hair around the barrel of a large curling iron as Stone's stylist did here.
- Roszak told Allure she wraps Stone's hair around a one-inch curling iron and then breaks up the waves by massaging in a dollop of pomade. You'll need a great curling iron to achieve this look even if you have wavy or curly hair. See my list of best curling irons.
- See "The Perfect Haircut on All Face Shapes" for more on rules for layering hair.
- To get this look see "The Secret to Sexy, Beachy Waves"
- More flattering shoulder-length hairstyles
Want to find out which celebrities share your round face shape? See my new gallery of 20 Celebrities With Round Faces.
Are you really a round face? Find out how to measure your face to determine your true face shape. Not a round face? See other flattering haircuts for oval, long and square faces.