Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 4 – The Oblong Shaped Face

If you are a woman who has an oblong shaped face, consider yourself blessed. Because of its strong jaw, elongated forehead and broad cheekbones, the oblong shaped face is considered to be one of the most elegant and regal of all face shapes. Who else shares this face shape? Think of Meryl Streep, Liv Tyler, Angelina Jolie, Imam, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian.

As with any face shape, the oblong shape has general guidelines that serve to be most complementary:

1) One of the biggest challenges with an oblong face shape is trying to make the face look wider. An easy way to achieve width on an oblong face shape is to create bangs. Most bangs look beautiful on an oblong face shape, whether they be side-swept or blunt. Overall, bangs help to camouflage a large forehead.

 

Kim Kardashian shows us how to wear bangs with a long face. Here, her bangs skim just below her brows, masking her wide forehead and making her face seem shorter.

Kim Kardashian shows us how to wear bangs with a long face. Here, her bangs skim just below her brows, masking her wide forehead and making her face seem shorter.

2) Avoid hairstyles that are too long. Long hair will only draw attention to a long face. If you really must have long hair, make sure it is layered with the shortest layer hitting your chin. This will add some width to a narrow look.

While Rachel Bilson does not have a long face, this photo is an example of exactly what not to do if you do have an oblong face shape. Not only is the hair far too long and lacking layers, but she has a centre part which emphasizes the middle of her face, drawing attention to the length. As well, her hair is worn sleek and straight, which emphasizes the length of her face.

While Rachel Bilson does not have a long face, this photo is an example of exactly what not to do if you do have an oblong face shape. Not only is the hair far too long and lacking layers, but she has a centre part which emphasizes the middle of her face, drawing attention to the length. As well, her hair is worn sleek and straight, which emphasizes the length of her face.


Rather, here is an example of how long hair should be worn if you do have an oblong shaped face:
This is a perfect example of how long hair can be worn with an oblong face shape. Here, the bangs add more width, while the layers fall near her chin, masking her long face shape.

This is a perfect example of how long hair can be worn with an oblong face shape. Here, the bangs add more width, while the layers fall near her chin, masking her long face shape.

3) Refrain from wearing your hair super sleek and straight. As stated in the above picture, straight hair emphasizes the length of an oblong face. If possible, work with any natural wave or curl in the hair, which will add width to your face. If you do not have natural wavy or curly hair, you can easily attain body in your hair by winding your hair around a curling iron.

Jessica Lu's long face is complemented with soft waves, adding more width.

Jessica Lu’s long face is complemented with soft waves, adding more width.

4) Chin length bobs and cuts are ideal as they create the illusion of a wider face, as shown below:

Jennie Garth's bob is a perfect length for her oblong face. As well, her waves add extra width.

Jennie Garth’s bob is a perfect length for her oblong face. As well, her waves add extra width.

5) When wearing your hair short, avoid styles with a lot of volume on the top, as this, too, will create unwanted height and length to be added to the face.

If you find yourself to have an oblong shaped face, do not be discouraged. Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to highlighting the most elegant, regal face shape.

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