These Hollywood beauties prove that snipping in a little fringe makes a big, beautiful difference! Find out the style that best flatters your face shape.
Heart Shaped: Choose Brow-Skimming
Helen Mirren’s swept-back crop gives harsh features like a wide forehead and a pointy chin the spotlight. Even worse? It showcases sparse spots around the temples and hairline.
In contrast, her relaxed “curtain” of bangs that rest at the brow masks the forehead, “softens” the chin and camouflages thinning!
Ask your stylist for: Sides-wept fringe that skims brows
Long: Try Side-Swooping
Free of fringe, this severe, pulled-up-and-back style on Kerry Washington causes the forehead to appear taller and the chin to look more angular, elongating an already narrow face shape.
Rounded bangs that sweep across the forehead help “shorten” the brow and balance the chin for a more circular look.
Ask your stylist for: Long, piece-y fringe with angled ends.
Round: Pick Stacked
The lack of dimension and angles in Olivia Newton-John’s one-length cut sans fringe amplifies the fullness of a round face and draws attention to “aging arghs” like eye bags and crow’s-feet.
Layered bangs add slimming, angular structure to optically lengthen a round face and direct the eye away from flaws.
Ask your stylist for: Layered bangs with a deep side part.
Square: Opt for Feathered
Courtney Thorne-Smith’s combination of a middle part and blunt, face-framing pieces visually widens the face from forehead to chin, exaggerating the rigid angles of a square jawline.
Her full, graduated fringe adds sweeping softness on top that pulls focus from, and counteracts, a square jaw.
Ask your stylist for: Full, feathery brow-length bangs.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.