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Quickest way to elongate your face
September 2, 2018, 4:27 pm

No need to layer on the contour, your haircut, colour, and style can completely transform your look, so much so that you can even create the illusion of a different face shape. The first thing to avoid going for is a ponytail look as it will pull all your hair back and away from your face, thus accentuating its roundness.

While there's nothing wrong with having a round face — some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood have round faces— there are steps you can take to make it appear longer, should you so choose. Here are some ways your hair can help to give your face an elongated look.

A short haircut: If any part of your hair or layers fall at the widest parts of your face (usually your jaw or cheekbones), that will increase the appearance of width. When the length of the haircut falls at least two inches below the chin, the style will automatically make the face shape look slimmer. The eye is drawn to the vertical lines of the hair and the hair is literally covering up the width of the face on each side.

When going for a short hair look, always make sure that you add volume at the crown of your head to make your face look longer that it actually is.

Strategic length: Want to keep your hair long? Ask for a cut with gradual layers. Layers that fall are great for elongating the face, as long as they are a part of longer, cascading layers beneath the chin. This haircut creates a diagonal line that naturally brings the eye downward, increasing the visual length of your face.

Face-framing hairstyles: Updos can add volume to your face, unless you smooth it out with a flat iron and take out long, face-framing pieces. Leave some wispy pieces out that are longer than your chin. You can also have a wisp or two coming from the back hairline as well.

Hiding flaws: To take attention away from a larger forehead, you can try layered bangs or add soft layers around the face for added texture and depth.  A textured full fringe adds lift, while layered side fringes can help to contour the roundness of your face. Blunt fringes with harsh edges are a big no-no – think feathered and sweeping bangs.

While the short curly bob would have been a huge no-no for a round face, you can rock the look by pairing it with big bangs that are swooping down and streamlining the top half of her face. While you must steer clear of straight cut bangs that will make your round face look too small, edgy side swept bangs will add some much-needed angles to your face and make it look thinner.



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