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WHICH HAIRCUT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE – AND WHY

Anthony Nader spoke to Daily Mail Australia about which hairstyle works for which face shape.

While you might think that opting for a new haircut or style is as simple as pointing at a celebrity and saying ‘recreate this on me’ to your hairdresser, it pays to be a little more prepared when you walk into a salon.

From oval-shaped like the Duchess of Cambridge, to round like Emma Stone, here FEMAIL reveals how to get your best locks ever before Christmas.

When it comes to what hairstyle will suit you, it’s in fact down to your face shape – if your face is oval, like the Duchess of Cambridge’s, you’ll more than likely pull anything off

OVAL FACE

For anyone with this face shape, just remember you’re lucky – according to Anthony, this is the ‘most perfect shape’:

‘The oval-shaped face has got the symmetry and even dimension for you and your hair stylist to have fun creating different hair shapes – because of its evenness,’ Anthony explained.

‘The haircut can also have fun with layers around the face – either short or long.’

Among the celebrity examples with this face shape are Selma Hayek, Julianne Moore and Kate Middleton.

‘You can also embrace the ’70s vibe with this and have your hair one length and long – your facial features will still look incredible,’ he added.

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‘The oval-shaped face has got symmetry and even dimension and your hair stylist can have fun creating different shapes – because of its evenness,’ Anthony said (pictured: Julianne Moore)

While Anthony admits round faces, like Emma Stone (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right), can be tricky, he recommends going to a WOB - or wavy bob - in order to nail the style

While Anthony admits round faces, like Emma Stone (left) and Kirsten Dunst (right), can be tricky, he recommends going to a WOB – or wavy bob – in order to nail the style

 

ROUND FACE

While Anthony admits that having a round face can be ‘tricky’, he also has a few celebrity go-tos, who quite simply nail the style.

‘Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Kirsten Dunst rock a round face,’ he explained.

‘If you’re thinking of trying a bob, I would go for a WOB – that’s basically a wavy bob. This will help to camouflage and soften a round face shape.’

He added that having a side swept fringe ‘complements and elongates’ this face type.

‘If you want to wear your hair down, you can also go in a totally opposite direction and iron your hair poker straight, making sure you keep the shape closed in around the cheekbones,’ Anthony said.

Reason why?

It disguises the ‘apples of your cheeks and the wideness of your jawline, rather than having layers that flick out and expose the roundness’.

How to know if a hairstyle will suit you 

* Make an appointment with the hairdresser and let the receptionist know over the phone that you want to create a different YOU.

* Block out 45 minutes to an hour and send references to the hairdresser of what you’re thinking in regards to the different hair shapes ahead of time.

* Go to a wig shop and have a chat to the person working there. Tell them you’re thinking of changing your hair, but don’t want to sacrifice having all your locks chopped off just yet.

* Try on wigs of different textures and length to compare. Make notes.

'For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,' Anthony said (pictured: Natalie Portman)

‘For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,’ Anthony said (pictured: Natalie Portman)

SQUARE FACE

Even though you might think that a square face needs an angular cut, in fact the opposite is true.

‘For a square face, the ideal haircut is not angular and box-like, as this is only going to emphasise the squareness of your jawline and the outline and width of your forehead,’ Anthony said.

Instead, he said it’s ‘always best to soften the corners of your face by adding a wave or a curl or even having your hairdresser cut an off-centre fringe that sweeps dramatically over to one side’.

‘For those of you that have a pixie-like haircut, just be sure to keep the hair around your hair and neckline a bit longer and softer,’ he advised.

‘This will always camouflage the bone structure of your face.’

Celebrity examples of this style are Natalie Portman, Sandra Bullock and Olivia Wilde.

Anthony recommends softening the corners of your face (pictured: Olivia Wilde)

Anthony recommends softening the corners of your face (pictured: Olivia Wilde)

Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured) is one purveyor of the rectangular face shape - others include Meryl Streep and Liv Tyler

Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured) is one purveyor of the rectangular face shape – others include Meryl Streep and Liv Tyler

RECTANGULAR FACE

If your face is cut something like Meryl Streep’s, Liv Tyler’s and Sarah Jessica Parker’s, then you need to add volume at the cheekbones to make your face look more oval in shape:

‘I would also suggest a long, overgrown curtain fringe that is shorter in the middle and blends out longer on the corners and sweeps off, as this is the perfect fringe for shortening the face,’ Anthony said.

Opt for an off-centre parting to offset the symmetrical shape of your face, and if you’re pulling your hair back, then do something back and low rather than back and high.’

 

Between Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian (pictured), the heart-shaped face is well-represented in the celebrity set

Between Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian (pictured), the heart-shaped face is well-represented in the celebrity set

 

HEART FACE 

But how should you style your locks if your face is shaped like an emoji?

‘Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,’ Anthony said.

‘One thing to note, however, is that you need to ensure you don’t have a blunt straight fringe, and that the edges of it are cut below the edge of the brows, with soft texture.

‘If you’ve got a bob that’s all one length, this helps to counteract the narrowness of the jawline, because you’re creating width in the right areas,’ the top hairdresser added.

 

Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,' Anthony said (pictured: Reese Witherspoon)

Incorporate a soft high swept fringe to accentuate your eyes and draw away the focus from a pointy chin,’ Anthony said (pictured: Reese Witherspoon)

 

LONG FACE

Finally, if you have a long face like Blake Lively, Alexa Chung or Jessica Alba – who all wear their God-given looks fabulously – then you need texture and a fringe to add width:

‘Bobs will also suit a longer face shape, as this creates an illusion of shortening the face which is key,’ Anthony said.

‘Have fun creating waves and a haphazard bend in the hair, which will give you the extra oomph and add width.’

Anthony concluded by saying that you’ll notice that people ‘like Blake Lively avoid too much volume on the top of their head, as this only emphasises the length of the face and what you’re trying to detract from’.

‘Keep your volume from the temple down,’ he said.

By Sophie Haslett for Daily Mail Australia