Have a good idea of what your face shape is but not quite sure what hairstyles suit you? We spoke with celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler (she’s responsible for Olivia Munn’s perfectly chopped locks) and asked for her advice on finding the most flattering part for the shape of your face. Turns out, a simple update to your part can elongate your features, bring out your cheekbones, soften sharp angles, and more. We’re reaching for our combs as we type. Keep scrolling to find the best part for your face shape.
Face Shape: Round Parting: Middle Or Deep Side
“If you have a round shape, the ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part,” Fowler says. “Both of these parts will give the illusion of length and create symmetry around your face.”
Fowler warns against adding too many layers to your hairstyle if your face shape is round: “Add just enough to slim the face.”
“Short hairstyles are great for this face shape,” Fowler says.
Face Shape: Square Parting: Side With Bangs
Fowler says that a soft, sideswept part with bangs will add softness to square-faced ladies.
“You don’t want to make the part too deep—this will accentuate [the angles] of a square face,” Fowler says.
Instead, show just enough skin on your forehead and allow your bangs to offset your angled jawline.
Face Shape: Oval Parting: Any
Fowler says the most “ideal” face shape for any part is the oval-shaped face.
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“[An oval face shape] allows you to try a middle, side, or deep part—and you will rock every single one!” says Fowler.
If you have an oval-shaped face, play around with your part and mix things up. It will make a bigger difference than you think.
Face Shape: Heart Parting: Deep Side
Fowler says a deep side part will break up the chin line, which can be pointy if you have a heart shaped face.
“You want to soften your cheek bones as well,” Fowler says. “A deep side part will brush softly against your face and give this illusion.”
If your hair naturally parts down the middle, create a side part by parting your hair while it is wet, then applying a gel to hold the new part in place. Then, use a fine-toothed comb to direct your hair in the new direction as you blow-dry.
Face Shape: Diamond Parting: Side, No Fringe
“A side part really complements your strong cheekbones and bone structure,” Fowler says.
Fowler says shorter hairstyles work best for this look, since diamond-shaped ladies have smaller foreheads—anything too long and dramatic will overshadow your face.
Blow-dry your hair to the side with a round brush, lifting and curling as your go for major volume at the roots.
Face Shape: Oblong Parting: Middle or Bangs
Fowler suggests a middle part to add the illusion of roundness to oblong faces.
“Bangs also work very well for this look because they help shorten the long face shape,” Fowler says.
She recommends asking for a haircut with layers to bring out your cheekbones and strong jaw line.
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