Face Flattering Hairstyles: Part 5 – The Oval Face Shape

Today we will discuss the most coveted face shape – the oval. Why is this face shape so desired? Perhaps because most people consider perfect symmetry to be pleasing and easy on the eyes. The oval face shape has almost perfect balance, with equal distance from the hairline to the eyebrows, and from the eyebrows to the chin. An oval face will be slightly narrower at the jaw line than at the temples, and then gracefully taper from the cheeks to the chin. Celebrities who share this face shape are Jennifer Aniston, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, and Jessica Alba.

Because the oval face shape is considered to be so perfect, there are not many restricting guidelines when it comes to hairstyles. However, there are some ideas to consider before one sits in the hairstylist chair, looking for a change:

1) Oval faces look good in anything. The only aspect to be aware of is that an oval face can appear long if there is too much volume at the crown of the head. As well, if one has curly hair, it’s best to avoid blunt hairstyles as this will make the face appear pyramid-like.

Charlize is a classic oval face shape. Here she is showcasing a striking pixie cut. She is proof that oval face shapes can get away with almost any hairstyle, whether long or short. The key is to keep the hair from appearing too full at the crown, to avoid unwanted length.

Charlize is a classic oval face shape. Here she is showcasing a striking pixie cut. She is proof that oval face shapes can get away with almost any hairstyle, whether long or short. The key is to keep the hair from appearing too full at the crown, to avoid unwanted length.

2) Wear styles in such a way that draws attention to certain features on the face. For example, if one has an oval face and long hair, if the hair is worn half-up and half-down, the hairstyle will draw more attention to your face and smile. If one chooses to have side-swept bangs, attention is brought to the mouth area.

This hairstyle is a perfect example of what to wear with an oval face. The softly side-swept bangs draw attention to a beautiful mouth.

This hairstyle is a perfect example of what to wear with an oval face. The softly side-swept bangs draw attention to a beautiful mouth.

3) Avoid wearing hair on the face; it distracts from the natural beauty of an oval face. For example, if one wears heavy bangs across their forehead, the bangs will make the oval face shape appear squarer.

It's an understatement to say that Jennifer Aniston has one of the most coveted heads of hair. Here, she shows how simplicity is best with an oval face shape. Because she doesn't mask her face with hair, she is able to show off her beautiful features.

It’s an understatement to say that Jennifer Aniston has one of the most coveted heads of hair. Here, she shows how simplicity is best with an oval face shape. Because she doesn’t mask her face with hair, she is able to show off her beautiful features.

The liberty to do almost any hairstyle is clearly why the oval face shape is so highly envied. Most other face shapes try to imitate the look of an oval face shape by minimizing and maximizing certain features. The beauty of an oval face shape is to simply be.

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