Try this trick from "Marie Claire" magazine to figure out your true face shape. First pull your hair back into a ponytail. Looking in a mirror, trace the outline of your face with lipstick or eyeliner. If you have an oval-shaped face, then you can pull off many different hairstyles. If you have a wider face, it could look more round than oval. Here are some tips to create balance for both shapes.
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When you add long, side-swept fringe, it shortens the line between the forehead and the chin. This helps balance a long face. If your face is more round, avoid full, blunt fringe that can make your face look wider.
Cheek-length layers will help shorten a long face, but make sure that they blend in with longer layers to avoid a style that looks segmented. For rounder faces, long layers can help soften your features. "Glamour" magazine recommends angling layers around the face to avoid a one-length style that can look too severe.
Play With Your Part
When you have a longer face, putting your part off to the side rather than the centre can help add dimension and interest to your face. This trick also works for rounder faces, but make sure to part it just off centre. This will help lengthen your face.
Next time you see your stylist, ask her to use a razor to cut your hair. Razors create choppier looks that can help camouflage roundness and slim the face.
Avoid Too Much Volume
If you have a round face, avoid too much volume near the roots. This can add width to your face and make it look fuller. If you have curly or wavy hair, try using a straightening iron or blow drying your hair straight. It will help reduce the amount of volume around your face, creating a sleek, slimming do.
You may have avoided bobs in the past to avoid making your face look fuller. While blunt cuts can do this, a bob with shorter layers in the front and longer layers in the back can be very flattering.
Try Different Styles
If you're curious to see how a hairstyle will look on you, try it before you get it. Pull all the hair off your face and take a photo of yourself. You can then upload it to a number of online sites that will let you see how different lengths, colours and styles look on you. This way you can figure out what you like the best before you commit to it.
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