Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 3 – Heart Shaped Faces

How do you recognize a heart-shaped face? If you pull back your hair and notice that your face is wider at the temples and the hairline, with a delicately pointed chin, chances are, you have a heart-shaped face.

Immediately, the most iconic heart-shaped face I think of is Reese Witherspoon. But there are plenty of other stunning celebrities with heart-shaped facial features – Selena Gomez, Fergie, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Keri Hilson, Katie Holmes and Ginnifer Goodwin.

How do these celebrities minimize their wider foreheads and finer jawline? A necessary rule of thumb is to draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. To do this, here are some general guidelines to apply if you also have a heart-shaped face:

1) Benefit from the impact of side-swept bangs. Side-swept bangs provide a line of movement across a wider forehead that draws attention to the cheekbones and eyes. Here is a great example of how Reese Witherspoon pulls this off:
Reese Witherspoon's Side-Swept Bangs for a Heart-Shaped Face
Keri Hilson also demonstrates beautifully how side-swept bangs are a great feature to a wide forehead and narrow chin:

Notice how the side-swept bangs emphasize Keri's eyes, while minimizing her wide forehead. As well, her hair has added volume on the sides, making her chin appear wider.

Notice how the side-swept bangs emphasize Keri’s eyes, while minimizing her wide forehead. As well, her hair has added volume on the sides, making her chin appear wider.

2) Maximize the impact of a chin-length bob. A bob that is heavy at the chin helps to balance out the narrowness of the jawline. Take a look at how Katie Holmes pulls this off:

Notice how Katie's chin length bob emphasizes and balances her great cheekbones and eyes.

Notice how Katie’s chin length bob emphasizes and balances her great cheekbones and eyes.

3) Own the pixie cut! For those women who love to be daring with their locks, the pixie cut tastefully flatters a heart-shaped face. The piecey-ness of a pixie cut helps to emphasize the eyes and cheekbones. Ginnifer Goodwin’s pixie cut is a perfect example of this rule:
Ginnifer Goodwin's Pixie Cut

4) Avoid excessive volume at the crown of the head. Too much volume will make a heart-shaped face appear top heavy.

While Jennifer's updo is stunning, it doesn't suit her heart-shaped face. The volume on the crown of her head draws attention to her wide forehead, making her features appear top heavy.

While Jennifer’s updo is stunning, it doesn’t suit her heart-shaped face. The volume on the crown of her head draws attention to her wide forehead, making her features appear top heavy.

Hopefully these guidelines give insight into appropriate hairstyles for heart-shaped faces. Stay tuned for more face shapes and hairstyles to come!

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