Find the best bangs for your face shape

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Find the best bangs for your face shape

Kaley Cuoco’s bangs are too short, and there are too few of them! If your stylist gets scissor happy, try sweeping your bangs to the side until they grow out a little more.

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Florence of Florence + the Machine keeps her bangs full and at the perfect length.

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Emma’s bangs frame her face wonderfully, just grazing her eyes.

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Jessica rocks longer bangs, but we love it!

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Zooey’s bangs are wispy and a frame her face perfectly.

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Adele’s long bangs are split directly down the middle, a look that isn’t very flattering!

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Julie has her bangs split as well, but curled her bangs so that they flow well with her updo.

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Sometimes the solution is to sweep your bangs primarily to one side!

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The gorgeous Britney was caught with bangs that were uneven – and looking chopped.

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Tyra’s bangs aren’t perfect, but they’re wispy and not rigid. She looks amazing!

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We doubt there are any flaws with Kristin’s bangs, but if you hit an uneven issue, just sweep to the side! Voila, no problem here.

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Just absolute perfection – in every which way.

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Again, these bangs aren’t cut straight across, so the uneven look is still totally put together.

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Alexis’s delicate bangs frame her face just right.

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Ashley Rickards sports bangs that are too thin and flat to her head – add a little body and she would look fabulous.

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Bangs don’t need to be super thick, but they need body. Helen Mirren has perfected this look!

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s side-swept bangs are the perfect thickness.

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Brittany’s bangs aren’t very thick, but they’ve got body!

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Nina has mastered the art of the side-swept bang.

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Even when you have a short cut and thin bangs, styling them correctly will make them look gorgeous. For example, Miss Nene Leakes.

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Carly Rae Jepsen has bangs here that are just too thick.  Her hair looks nice and shiny, but that’s more of a blanket than a fringe!

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Lea has full coverage over her forehead but not too much hair, and it looks great.

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Jennifer has fairly thick bangs, but they don’t look thick because they have movement.  They’re slightly swept to the side, and this makes them look light and flirty.

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Thicker bangs look great on Taylor, especially with her lighter hair.  Just look at that shine!

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Sandra’s bangs may look thick, but that’s just because of all the awesome volume she’s got going on! We think she should bring this look back.

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Helena Bonham Carter has a carefree style, but we think this look makes her just a little too unpolished. 

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Not a hair out of place, Marion looks perfectly put together.

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This Saturdays singer is polished and lovely with side-swept bangs.

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Anne is always gorgeous, and she makes short hair stunning with this look.

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Perfectly styled, Mena is all glam with her long blonde bangs.

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Claire Danes is one of our favorites, but we weren’t huge fans of her bangs at the 2013 SAG awards, they were just too long.

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Jennifer’s side swept bangs blend perfectly with the rest of her hair.

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Reese is pretty much always perfect, and sweeping her long bangs to the side pulls it all together.

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Tina rocks the old-Hollywood glam with this look, and we’re beyond impressed.

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Nicole looks fabulously disheveled, in all the right ways! Her hair isn’t perfectly polished, but all the layers blend for gorgeousness.

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There are certain women who just look amazing with bangs. Their forehead fringe flatters their face perfectly, making their eyes pop while giving them a youthful, vibrant and sexy look. Then there's the rest of us.

Maybe you've tried bangs in the past, only to end up looking like your third-grade picture or hating the way the tiny sprigs stuck to your forehead. Or maybe you're in the frustrating process of growing them out because they never quite looked like that celebrity photo you brought to the salon. Suffice to say, most of us have experienced bangs at one point in our lives with less than desirable results, and yet they continue to surface on runways, red carpets and tabloid covers, where fun updos have added dimension, and it seems like your styling options double.

Which makes the allure of trying them again hard to resist.

"Bangs are a classic," says celebrity stylist and salon owner Mark Garrison. "They have been around since recorded history and aren't going to disappear in this century. We just have to continue reinventing them so they stay fresh and modern."

So how do you know which one is right for you? Garrison says to start by looking at the shape of your face:
  • Long face: Bangs diminish the length of a long face. Typically a long face has a high forehead and when bangs cover it, the face is shortened with an illusion of more width to the face. Longer bangs are best. They can be blunt for a stronger, trendier look or edges can be softened and unforced.
  • Oval face: An oval face can wear a bang that's angled and shorter. A razored bang is the most feminine because it has flow and texture. Oval is considered the perfect face to wear all styles of bangs, which is why heavy bangs that curve down on the sides are perfect. You can also wear them super short and right to the hairline for the edgiest of styles!
  • Round face: Bangs that are a little shorter in the middle give length to a round face making it appear more oval. Bangs can be airy and wispy so they show more forehead, which will also add length. An asymmetric bang is great too because it diverts the eye.
  • Heart face: A blunt bang, cut straight across just below the eyebrows will cover the forehead and soften a pointed chin. Because the forehead can be a bit wide on this face shape, a side-swept fringe is ideal. Heart-shape faces also look great with choppy bangs that are long enough to push to one side for versatility.
  • Square face: This is the perfect face for a long, wispy, angled bang because it cuts the square dimension so the eye travels on a diagonal rather than horizontal. The shape of the face is flattered this way because it gives length to the face. A blunt bang would square off the face even more.

When it comes to maintenance, if you have cowlicks, straight heavy bangs may not be for you. Instead, angled or side-swept bangs work best. Another thing to keep in mind, curly hair can be a disaster to have successful smooth bangs. However, a long curly bang can be sexy!Here are a few other pointers to keep your fringe looking its finest:
  • Long bangs: Blow them dry with a big round boar-bristle brush. On damp hair, brush hair from side to side to smooth out any cowlicks. Make sure to get right at the roots to control any wave. When dry, run a flatiron over them if you want a straighter look. Then use hairspray if hair is fine and limp or serum if hair is dry and coarse.
  • Short bangs: Use your fingers to push hair into shape and air-dry or blow-dry in downward direction so they don't stick straight up. Use wax for finish and texture definition.
  • Fringe: Use a flat brush and dry with a side-to-side motion. Piece out the strands with a good pomade.
  • Side-swept: Blow forward at first with a round brush lifting at the hairline to give volume so bangs aren't stuck to the forehead. A big curling iron can also give a nice bend to the side. Finish with hairspray for hold.

If you think you're ready to make the cut, here are a few questions to ask your hairstylist first: What type of bang will flatter my face? Do I have a cowlick that's going to be a problem? How will I style them? What do I do as they grow out? Can you do a few wispy ones first so I can get used to it and see whether I like it? A good hairdresser will pull hair from behind and form it into a makeshift bang to show what it might look like.

And when it comes to cutting your own bangs at home, Garrison has one piece of advice: Don't do it. "Your hairdresser should give you free bang trims. And if not, then find one that will," he says.

However, if you must snip your own strands, allow an inch from where you want to end up because you'll most likely overcut them. Go little by little and hold them out and cut into the edge with points of the scissors so you chip away until desired length. You can also twist half-inch sections and then cut to get a soft line.

Need some inspiration? Click through the gallery above to see the best (and some of the worst) celebrity bangs.
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