I was born with a round face, so I know how hard it is to find the best hairstyles to suit it. Contouring is my friend, and so is a clever hairstyle. Some hairdressers get it; others don't. I've had face-skimming layers that only serve to accentuate the moon-like shape of my mug. Honestly, I look like Lunar from Bear in a Big Blue House (google her, and, yes, I know I'm too old to know who she is). But I digress… For anyone out there with a round face, I get you.
Now, there is nothing wrong with a round face per se. Some people love their round faces—more power to you, but it's just trickier to find a flattering hairstyle (and photo angle for that matter). Over the years, I have learnt what works and what doesn't. (There were tears and trips to Boots for kelp tablets; apparently Jennifer Aniston took these when she wanted to grow out her bob circa 2001.)
Anyway, the point is that a bad haircut for anyone with a round face can cause serious heartache. And let's face it, we're busy women; no one has time to get horribly tearful over their hair and then have to spend time wrestling with straighteners to eke out some extra centimetres. Keep scrolling for 18 hairstyles that are guaranteed to look good on you, and in some cases actually make your face look slimmer (a miracle!).
Sleek, straight hair can be unforgiving for a rounder face, but Selena Gomez's front layers hug her face, which has a slimming effect.
Agron wears her hair like this to plenty of events. Why? Because it's super flattering. A deep side part with a bit of volume coaxed into the roots can give the illusion of a more oval face shape.
Beyoncé's gorgeous mass of curls softens her face. The side parting, as we know, is super slimming too.
Chrissy Teigen has a wonderful round, cherub-like face. To soften the round shape a touch, she has opted for longer layers and waves that draw the eye away from her face shape. To get the look, shop the best curling tongs here.
Cameron Diaz knows that anything too severe around the front can highlight a round face shape. Keep things loose! We love the small braid detail; this is the perfect Sunday brunch hairstyle.
Just because you have a round face doesn't mean you have to shy away from a sleek updo. Make like Zendaya and opt for a high ponytail, which draws the eye up, giving the illusion of a longer, slimmer face.
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You can totally have layers with a round face, but take your cue from Kate Bosworth and make sure they are below the jawline, not above. It's more flattering.
A side parting is the easiest way to work some extra height around the face. Work a little volumising powder, like the genius Pret-a-Powder by Bumble and bumble (£22), into your roots with your fingertips to coax extra volume and height out of the finest of hair.
Want to wear your hair up for a special occasion but don't want to expose too much face? Make like Emma Stone and sweep your hair sideways, drawing it into a loose and super-flattering side bun.
Another way round faces can wear their hair up is to create a centre parting and tong some tendrils around the front before pinning the hair back. Kirsten Dunst's face-slimming updo is the perfect example.
Mermaid hair—you know, wavy and impossibly long—is super flattering on rounder faces. Rita Ora shows how to do it. Here's how to get beachy, wavy hair at home.
A sleek centre-parted updo should probably be avoided on rounder faces, but Ashley Olsen shows how you can make it work. The centre-parted updo is there, but the texture is more undone, which is incredibly flattering. Get the look using a dry texturizing spray, like our favourite from Oribe (£41), which is SO worth the price tag.
A centre parting can sometimes look too severe on round faces. The key? Wear your hair wavy with a centre part, and with a side part, you can wear it either sleek or tousled.
A side-swept fringe is super flattering and slimming on rounder faces. Make like Emma Stone and go for the chop.
You may think if you have a round face you can't pull off a short pixie haircut, but you totally can! Ginnifer Goodwin shows you how to get it right. The secret is to ask for a textured, piecey side fringe that gives the illusion of a slimmer, slightly more oval face.
Got a round face and thinking about a fringe but not sure? Rita's long, wispy fringe is a great way to dip your toe in without diving right in with something heavier like Emma Stone's side part.
If you're craving to wear your hair swept off your face in an updo, take your inspiration from Jennifer Lawrence and add loads of texture into the hair first and add height (the key flattering element) when you sweep it back. You'll need some volumising spray.
If you're heading to the salon for a blow-dry, request a little height at the roots and the hair to be swept over to one side, à la Miranda Kerr.