Choosing the Right Bangs for Your Face Shape
The wheel of nostalgia is spinning and landing once again on the 1970s. That means that, after some time out of fashion, bangs are back in for 2021. Mastering bangs isn’t effortless—somewhere in every family photo album is an unfortunate at-home attempt that mother and daughter would both prefer to forget. Thankfully, with the shears in more expert hands, you can attain a great set of bangs. Simply match the right style with the right face—yours, that is. Choosing the right bangs for your face shape will allow you to bring your best features forward while hiding others.
For a fuller face, the last thing you want to do is play it straight. If your face doesn’t have a lot of angles to it, side-swept bangs can lend the illusion of angularity and draw the eyes away from what you may feel is a too-round jawline. If you don’t want to go with side bangs, a shaggy, long bob could provide the edginess you crave.
Baby bangs won’t get the job done if you’re looking to create a shorter perception of your face. Longer foreheads call for longer bangs, and here’s where a straight-across cut can help to widen the face. Bardot bangs, named for French actress and style-icon Brigitte Bardot, feature an intentionally disheveled look with a split down the middle.
With a wider forehead, a tapered chin, and a pointed hairline, the heart-shaped face is a relative rarity but not one that precludes finding the right style of bangs. Curtain bangs and Bardot bangs are the best styles here, as they naturally separate down the middle. Choppy bangs are an option for heart-shaped faces, and side-swept bangs can work here with the right styling, too.
If you have an oval face, it’s truly a well-rounded one. With an oval face, choosing the right bangs for your face shape couldn’t be easier—everything’s in play. If you’ve thought about pulling off the ever-stylish French bob, you can go forth and cut with confidence. Whether it’s 2021, 1971, or anywhere in between, you were made for this style.
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