The best short 'dos for every face shape
Making The Cut1 of 8
By Emily Hebert for Elle
Face Type: Strong Jaw
To offset Brooklyn Decker's jawline, Hollywood hair guru Ted Gibson gave her a soft, textured bob. "I also created graduated layers and made the cut a little longer in the front," he adds. "You want hair in the front to be below the jaw so that it doesn't draw the eye to that area of the face."
Choosing Sides2 of 8
Face Type: Square
If you prefer wearing your hair straight like Jennifer Aniston, Adam Campbell (who has worked with Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson) recommends side-parting it. "A part that's slightly off-center gives a square face more asymmetry," he says.
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Right Angle3 of 8
Face Type: High Forehead
"Rihanna had a great pixie cut," says Campbell. "To minimize her forehead, her stylist gave her fantastic chunky bangs."
"Bangs work well with this face type, but they don't have to be cut straight across,” says Gibson, who likes Rihanna's side-swept, angled fringe as an alternative.
All Heart4 of 8
Face Type: Heart-Shaped
"If you have a sharper chin, I wouldn't take the hair too short," says Gibson. "I don't think you should go any shorter than the chin,” agrees Campbell. "You might also follow Reese Witherspoon's lead and add soft bangs—she looks great with them."
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Long & Short Of It5 of 8
Face Type: Round
Those with round faces should integrate longer layers into their short hairstyle of choice. "Ginnifer Goodwin's pixie works because it's disconnected in shape," says Gibson. "Instead of being short all the way around, it's longer on top and shorter on the sides."
"It's a very versatile cut," says Campbell. "She can style it up or down, with bangs or without." To elongate the appearance of her face, Goodwin sometimes coaxes her pixie into a sky-high pompadour.
Pump Up The Volume6 of 8
Face Type: Round
According to Gibson, sleek angular cuts are best for a round face. "A rounder face tends to have less shape to it—while straight hair will lengthen, angles in the haircut will add shape and symmetry," he says.
Don't confuse straightness with flatness, though. Michelle Williams' pixie is flattering because "the fullness is kept at her crown and above her ears," says Campbell.
Broaden Your Horizons7 of 8
Face Type: Thin
If you have a long, thin face like Liv Tyler, Gibson suggests making the face appear more horizontal with a deep side part or—if you're feeling bold—wide bangs. "Bangs that extend to the outer corners of the eyes can widen the look of the face," says Gibson. "Just make sure they're not too blunt; thin faces tend to have more angles than most and you don't want to exaggerate those."
Nothing But Neck8 of 8
Face Type: Long Neck
Want to flaunt your long, gorgeous neck? Go with a pixie. For balance, however, Gibson says to try a lengthier bob like Anne Hathaway's ("bobs that are cut above the chin can look weird with a long neck"). He also styled Hathaway's strands straight and blunt: "Annie has big, beautiful eyes and a softer complexion—I gave her haircut angles to bring strength to her face."
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