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The right bangs for your face

Andrea Kasprzak is a former magazine editor and full time freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Men's Journal, Allure, and SELF among others.

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Bangs are perfect for anyone looking to change up their look without committing to a serious snip or a major dye job. The only tricky part is figuring out the ideal fringe for your face. Should you opt for a face framing or stick with a swooped side bang? Before you step into the salon, consult our guide to the best bangs for your face shape below.

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Frame it upBest bangs for a ROUND FACE

Round faced stars such as Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fischer, and Christina Ricci have all rocked serious bangs on the red carpet. Follow suit by asking for long, side-swept bangs or short and wispy. These cuts will help to elongate your face and take some of the attention away from the sides. Steer clear of choppy bangs or lots of short layers.

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Frame it upBest bangs for a SQUARE FACE

Jessica Simpson, Audrey Hepburn, and Katie Holmes provide the perfect inspiration for fellow square faced women. Their successful bang jobs have included eyebrow-skimming side bangs and wispy bangs. Stay away from blunt bangs or airy bangs that hit the jaw line.

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Frame it upBest bangs for a OVAL FACE

This face shape (think Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry) can rock a wide variety of bangs. Make sure to consider your hair texture. If you've got really thick locks, try a blunt bang. For thinner hair, a wispy bang works well. Snip some face framing layers to round out the look.

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Frame it upBest bangs for a HEART FACE

Reese Witherspoon has truly mastered the bang for the heart shaped face set. Mimic her style by requesting side-swept or long, off center bangs. Those with a heart shaped face will want to stay away from blunt bangs. Wispy also works well, if your hair is a bit on the thin side.

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Flatter your face by choosing the perfect hairstyle and cut!

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There's nothing wrong with going for a new look and bangs are an easy was to do it. However, it's important to remember that what looks good on someone else may not look as good on you. That's where knowing your face shape is a must before you opt to frame your face with bangs.


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