The Top 7 Haircuts for Heart-Shaped Faces
LONG, PIECEY BANGS
Soft, side-swept bangs accentuate your eyes and draw the focus away from a pointy chin. Hairstylist Ted Gibson's clients regularly bring in this photograph of Reese Witherspoon. "There's a sexiness and flirtiness about those bangs that every woman in America wants," he says. Ask your stylist to trim bangs vertically, rather than straight across, and to stop between the eyelids and the brows. "If you take them too short, you'll look a little schoolgirl," Gibson says.
A long bob that's all one length, like Jennifer Aniston's, helps soften a strong jawline on heart-shaped faces. Bonus: If you're as fit as Aniston, this haircut highlights more than a pretty face. "If you have a great body, you see it—you see the shoulders," Gibson says. And you can still tie it up into a ponytail when you go to the gym.
DEEP SIDE PART
"A deep side part brings emphasis to Ashley Greene's cheekbones and opens her face up," says Gibson, who works with the Twilight actress. Finish with a flexible-hold hair spray, like Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, to make your strands look just as lustrous.
BLUNT, WISPY BANGS
If you want blunt bangs, be sure to discuss their width with your stylist. Jennifer Lawrence nailed it by cutting her bangs at her brows and blending them with wispy layers in the front. "You don't want to widen heart-shaped faces any more," Gibson says. "If you keep the bangs slightly narrower, you'll notice the cheekbones, but they won't be so pronounced."
Shoulder-length styles can be dowdy (sorry, soccer moms). But Katharine McPhee's loose waves keep the cut youthful—and draw attention to her strong jaw without looking harsh. "It's reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe," Gibson says, who recommends using rollers from mid-length to ends to achieve the same bounciness.
Much like a deep side part, Eva Longoria's layers highlight facial features that could be dragged down by longer strands. Gibson suggests coaxing the layers in toward the face with a round brush or flatiron, rather than flipping them out, to keep them looking modern. This style is best for fine to medium hair, but those with thicker hair can ask their stylist to reduce extra bulk using blending shears.
Jessica Stroup's sleek crop looks sophisticated and stylish, but it's not for the shy. "If you have a heart-shaped face and aren't afraid to show it off, then this is for you," Gibson says, who added that it might bring unwanted attention to particularly pointy chins. Use a flatiron, like the T3 SinglePass Professional Straightening and Styling Iron, to smooth the hair and finish with a texturizing cream (Gibson loves L'Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Architexture Matte Defining Paste).