We all want perfect hair. But as with most things in life, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to hairstyles. What looks good on your favorite celeb may not necessarily look good on you, especially if you have different face shapes.
And speaking of face shapes, one of the most common questions women ask is, “What hairstyle suits a round face?” So if you’re reading this right now, chances are you’re looking to slim down your face or at least balance out your proportions via a good haircut. While experts offer some general rules — for example, choose long styles to offset the width of your face and avoid those with too much volume so as not to emphasize its roundness — we think there are so many more options than you might think. Whether short, mid-length, or long, there’s a hairstyle that’s perfect for your round face if you know how to style it properly.
Ahead, take a look at 30 chic examples worn by some gorgeous round-faced celebrities.
Selena Gomez's Shag With Side Bangs
Selena Gomez’s layered cut works well with her round face shape because, rather than emphasizing the soft contours of her face, the choppy texture of her hair provides a stark contrast. Bangs, when angled like this, also have an elongating effect.
Emma Stone's Side-Swept Waves
Because Emma Stone’s fringe is draped closely over the side, it gives the illusion of a narrower face. And the placement of the waves at the ends draws the eye down, which has an elongating effect as well.
Mila Kunis' Asymmetrical Lob
The angular quality of Mila Kunis’ asymmetrical cut provides a contrast to her round face. And because the ends fall below the chin and one side is longer, the eyes are drawn downward, giving the illusion of a longer face.
Miranda Kerr's Center-Parted Style
If you have a round face shape, it makes perfect sense to wear long hair because the length will balance out the width of your face. Here, Miranda Kerr is also sporting a center part with the sides draped closely over her cheeks, resulting in a narrower shape.
Chrissy Teigen's Messy Center-Parted Waves
There are a lot of clever ways to slim down a full face via a stylish ‘do. Here, Chrissy Teigen is wearing messy-glam waves with a center part and tendrils falling closely down the sides of her face, giving the illusion of slimness.
Michelle Williams' Curtain Bangs
Not only do the shaggy layers of Michelle Williams’ haircut contrast nicely with her round face shape, the exposed skin created by the curtain bangs has an elongating effect as well.
Jordin Spark's High Ponytail
To make your ponytail work well with your round face, wear it high like Jordin Sparks’. The height at the top will give the illusion of a more oval shape.
Mindy Kaling's Wavy Side Ponytail
A low ponytail can work too, depending on how you style it. Here, Mindy Kaling is wearing a side-swept ponytail with wavy ends, a detail which draws the eye down. There’s also a wavy tendril on one side of her face, which narrows its shape.
Kate Bosworth's Beehive
We’ve already mentioned how adding height to the top of your hair balances out a round face shape. Kate Bosworth’s beehive is a hairstyle that you can try for formal occasions — that volume at the crown really gives the illusion of a longer face.
Lizzo's Bantu Knots
Not only are Bantu knots a protective style for your natural hair, they’re also perfect for a round face because of the added height. And they’re so cool and dazzling to boot (especially with that dye job on Lizzo’s do)!
Drew Barrymore's Voluminous Waves
You can go for a voluminous wavy ‘do like Drew Barrymore’s but make sure to tightly frame your face so that it takes on a longer, more oblong shape. Styling it this way ensures that your round face is not emphasized further by all that volume.
Kirsten Dunst's Long Side-Swept Bangs
Side-swept bangs are the most flattering fringe style for round faces. Here, Kirsten Dunst demoes how a strongly angled fringe can play down the fullness of a round face shape.
Gigi Hadid's High Braid
Just as a high ponytail elongates the face, so does a high braid. Here, Gigi Hadid is wearing hers high at the top of her head to balance out her round face.
Priyanka Chopra's Wavy Cut With Bangs
Waves worn tightly around your face can disguise wide cheekbones. Plus, the bangs can minimize a broad forehead.
Ginnifer Goodwin's Layered Pixie
Even when you have a round face, you can definitely pull off a short ‘do, as Ginnifer Goodwin proves here. Her pixie cut has a choppy texture, angled bangs, and some volume at the crown, which all provide a good proportion to her full-shaped face.
Isla Fisher's Side-Parted Waves
If you want to go for an Old Hollywood vibe, try this style worn by Isla Fisher. Drape one side closely over your cheek and add some glamorous waves down the ends.
Queen Latifah's High Half Updo
We’ve shown you a high ponytail and a high braid, now here’s a high half updo. The key is height at the crown.
Ariel Winter's Half-Up Waves With Curtain Bangs
Here’s another example of a high half updo as shown by Ariel Winter. This one is full of ultra-feminine appeal thanks to those beautiful waves, and the curtain bangs do a great job of slimming down her face.
Mariska Hargitay's Straight Center-Parted Cut
If you’re looking for something simple, try Mariska Hargitay’s straight center-parted cut. It’s a fuss-free style but the way it falls down the sides of her face really gives the illusion of a narrow shape.
Gemma Chan's Pompadour
Now if you’re looking for something really edgy, you can opt for a messy pompadour like Gemma Chan’s. The extreme height at the top will perfectly complement a round-shaped face.
Olivia Munn's Layered Waves
There are two things about Olivia Munn’s ‘do that make it a perfect choice for round faces: the volume at the top, which adds length, and the choppy waves, which provide a contrast to her soft features.
Kelly Osbourne's Faux Hawk
While short haircuts are generally not the best choice for round faces, you can make it work with proper styling. When you add extreme height and volume at the top, you offset the roundness. Add that stunning lavender color and nobody would even notice your face shape.
Sarah Hyland's Long Voluminous Curls
Sarah Hyland’s Merida-inspired curls are so dazzling and eye-catching you’d hardly notice the roundness of her face.
Gabrielle Union's Chunky Box Braids
Here, Gabrielle Union is wearing her hair in long, chunky box braids. The extreme length neutralizes the width and the linear look of the braids gives the illusion of a slimmer face.
Hayden Panettiere's Messy Updo
Here, Hayden Panettiere teams a voluminous silhouette with messy styling to come up with a ‘do that balances out her round face shape. Again, the key is height at the top.
Kelly Clarkson's Teased Top
Kelly Clarkson’s teased, slicked-back hairstyle not only elongates her face but gives her overall look a boxy appearance as well. This is great if you’re going for an edgy ‘do.
Chanel Iman's Braided Top Knot
Top knots are perfect for round faces because of their height and placement at the crown of the head. Here, Chanel Iman is wearing her knot in a cute braided style that’s practical and chic at once for natural hair.
Simone Biles' Teased, Messy Hair
The teased top paired with the swoop of hair down the side makes this an ideal style for round faces.
Malin Akerman's Wavy Lob With Bangs
Malin Akerman’s wavy lob and fringe frame her face tightly and give it a nice shape. The wispy bangs are also great at disguising her wide forehead.
Suki Waterhouse's Messy Layered Cut
Suki Waterhouse’s long layered haircut not only slims down her face because of its long length and volumized top, it also looks so sexy with its messy styling.