Michael diCesare: Hairstyles to suit each face shape


Michael DiCesareAward-winning hairdresser and stylist to the stars, Michael diCesare, is here to share his expert knowledge and advice. So, we asked him to suggest which hairstyles or cuts suit which face shapes. With summer on its way, maybe it's time for a new look…

What styles/cuts suit which face shapes?

Round face shapes:

The most flattering styles would be to create less volume around the face. You also want to minimize the appearance of roundness.

Do: Try cuts that fall just below the chin. Soft, graduated layers are a great bet because they make your face appear slimmer and tend to remove bulk and weight from the sides. Consider wispy and tapered ends. These de-emphasize the roundness of your face. Fringes are flattering, but keep them long or side-swept.

Avoid: One-length, blunt cuts if you have short hair. Curly, short hair is also a no-no. These will only emphasis the roundness.

Celebs who share your face shape: Fergie, Kate Bosworth, Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Square face shapes:

Do: If you have a square face, you'll want to play down your strong, angular jaw. Texture, in the form of curls or choppy ends, does this brilliantly. You can also get away with short, spiky cuts and long, sleek styles with layers that start at the jaw line and continue downward.

Avoid: One-length bobs (especially chin-length) and blunt-cut fringes. These will make your face look even squarer.

Celebs who share your face shape: Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Isabella Rosellini and Rosario Dawson.

Oval face shapes:

The oval face is the most versatile shape. You can pull off almost any look: short or long, straight or wavy. For your own most flattering look, consider your best feature and highlight it with your hair cut.

Do: If you have gorgeous bone structure, consider an angular bob that shows off your chin. Great eyes – blunt or side-swept fringes are a great bet. Styles that are flattering and stylish: sophisticated bobs, fringes, long, beachy waves (think California surfer girl).

Short layers that add height on top of your head. Aside from being dated, short layers can make your face appear long. If your hair is thick or curly, avoid a blunt cut – you'll look like a pyramid. If you have curly hair, short hair is generally a no-no.

Celebs who share your face shape
: Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Oblong face shapes

Do: Long layers work best with pieces hitting at the nose, the chin and the collarbone. Consider a v-shaped style where the length is mainly in the back. Chin-length bobs are also ideal because they create the illusion of width.

Gwyneth Paltrow's shoulder-length bob is very flattering on a long face. Just make sure your stylist cuts the hair a bit shorter in the back so it doesn't look boring. Curls and waves work well because they add width to the face.

Avoid: Extremes! Don't go longer than the collarbone and avoid a super short cut.

Celebs who share your face shape: Sarah Jessica Parker, Ashlee Simpson, Liv Tyler, and Giselle Bundechen.

Heart face shapes

Do: Side-swept fringes or brow-grazing fringes, a strong parting and hair that falls at or below your jaw line. Draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones instead of your pointy chin which tends to be the focal point of your face.

Have short hair? Keep top layers soft and long. Long hair? Go for long layers that graze your cheek bones.

Avoid: If you want a fringe, make sure it's side swept not straight across. Avoid styles that cling closely to your face.

Celebs who share your face shape: Michelle Pfeiffer, Mischa Barton and Mary Kate Olsen.

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  1. suzy Nivelles February 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Michael,I was one of the models you used on QVC I loved your products they really worked ,& I am so thrilled at the prospect of being able to purchase them again,& no doubt new products how exciting .
    I shall be watching.
    Best wishes
    Suzy Nivelles ( former Suzy Meadows)

  2. Barbara Green February 15, 2010 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    Really helpful article makes me feel a lot better seeing which celebs have my round face shape and thanks for helping me to persuade my daughter to have a side swept fringe to emphasise her gorgeous eyes.

  3. Gabrielle Kean June 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm -  Reply


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