Bangs (or a fringe, whatever you prefer to call them) is another great hairstyle trick – probably one of the best – in correcting and balancing out face shapes as well.
It’s not a must, but I’d definitely recommend considering bangs, as the results can be really impressive!
This is what you should be looking out for and avoiding with your face shape and bangs.
Round face shape: Generally, stylists say that people with round faces should avoid bangs/ fringes, as they just draw more attention to the fullness of the face. But I think it can be done, if you know what to do: Side swept and long bangs will also suit you really well as it will shorten your face shape and create some length, visually drawing the eyes down. Keeping that in mind, you should definitely avoid full, blunt bangs which can make your face look wider, and therefore rounder.
Long face shape: Bangs work very well on long faces since it “cuts” the length and creates more width. For you, blunt bangs and side bangs are the best. Be careful about the length of the bang though, because that also makes a difference. Make sure your bangs fall on or near your cheekbone, and no longer than that.
Square face shape: Wispy, choppy and layered bangs will look great on you, as it will shorten your face shape. Avoid blunt and sharp cuts which will make your face look sharper.
Oval face shape. As always, lucky you! You can do what you like! I personally think side bangs look great on this face shape.
Heart/Inverted triangle face shape: If you’re looking to get bangs; soft, side swept bangs will look great and give your face some balance. Avoid full, blunt bangs as the width of it will make the top half of your face look so wide, making your jaw and chi area smaller and out of balance.
Bottom line? Bangs are a great idea if you’re looking for a hairstyle that suits you best, and overall, if you’re really stuck, as I mention in The Universal Haircut, side-swept bangs seem to be universally flattering and will suit all face shapes.