Bangs are one of this season's hottest hair trends, as seen on multiple celebrities like Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid, and more. They're also one of those haircuts that everyone notices, even your not-so-observant significant other, so it's important that you choose the right style when you decided to chop it all off. And the right style – from long and layered to micro bangs – can do wonders for your face shape, lending it symmetry and balance.
Sure, certain styles may do certain things for your face and overall look, but don't feel pressured to live by these rules. If you style it and own it, you can rock any type of fringe no matter what face shape you have. Can't get enough of Selena's '70s bangs? Then just got for them!
But if you need a little more guidance, and would prefer to know which type of fringe best suits your face shape, scroll down to get your next haircut inspiration!
THE BEST BANGS FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE
Side bangs may be the most popular type of fringe – but they're especially flattering on round faces, which are soft around the edges and often wider in the cheeks. Side-swept fringe is a go-to for a round face because the angle of the bangs creates more length in your face and thus a more oval shape.
If you're up for something a little more daring, try blunt micro bangs that sit just above your brows. This type of fringe is short and therefore leaves ample space between the fringe and your brows. This visually elongates your face more than classic blunt bangs would, and they work better if your face has softer features.
When it comes to flattering your face shape, the goal is to make it look oval – so if you're born with it, consider yourself lucky. Oval faces have more length in the face than round, but are still soft at the chin. Soft, blunt bangs cut straight across visually flatter oval faces, as they can draw attention away from an elongated mouth and chin.
And since oval faces can get away with more bang styles than most can, you might as well take advantage of it. If you're down for something more daring, try medium bangs, which are longer than micro bangs but shouldn't quite hit your eyebrows.
Bangs are all about illusion, which is key for square face shapes, which tend to be wider at the cheeks and more angular, especially around the jawline. A soft A shape works best for women with square faces. The tapered ends create angles, which help to soften your jawline and bring attention to your eyes.
If you have a square jawline, long, layered fringe is also a great option to help soften and balance your features. In fact, any strong features can be taken down a notch with long bangs.
Selena Gomez's recent chop had us eyeing our scissors. It's flattering on most, but especially so for heart-shaped faces, which are wide at the top and draw to a point at the chin. Opt for a soft, crescent-shaped fringe (longer at the outer edges and slightly shorter in the middle) for a '70s-inspired look.
If you don't really care about balancing out your face shape, go with a fun option like baby bangs, which hit the midline of the forehead and are more feathery than blunt micro bangs.
With a long face, which typically has a higher forehead and isn't too wide, you have a lot of area to work with – so you can be strategic about which parts of your face you want to highlight. Think of it as framing – creating a diagonal angle on your face will help keep peoples' eyes focused on your centre features, like your eyes and lips, instead of your forehead or the lower part of your face. Opt for a sharp side fringe that starts at the outer edge of the eye, rather than the inner.
Another thing to remember if you have a long face is that cropped bangs will only elongate your forehead and the length of your face overall. Keep the fringe line low right around the eyebrows for your best look!