Bangs can give you a totally new look. They can make your eyes stand out, add proportion to your face, and give you a mini-makeover in a matter of minutes. However, all bangs are not created equal. Wearing the perfect bang is a matter of knowing your face shape—and a few makeup tricks won’t hurt either ;).
The Right Bangs for Your Face Shape
If your face is shaped like Nicole Richie’s, you’ll look best with a bang that is longer in the middle and tapered on the sides. This slightly-round bang shape will compliment your “square” countenance well, and even make your cheekbones a little higher. A dab of pink blush will bring more attention to your cheeks, and slightly heavy eyeliner will bring balance to your new look.
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Black women with a round face (a la Jennifer Hudson) look stunning with a bang cut straight across with a slight fringe. This style ensures that your eyes are the main feature of your look. Get your bangs cut slightly above the brow line to show off your perfectly-manicured eyebrows and smoky eyeshadow. A nude lip brings out your eyes even more and keeps the focus on the top of your face, where your bangs help to even out a round forehead.
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If you have a pronounced chin and round cheeks, a side-swept bang is perfect for your heart-shaped face. Taraji Henson’s bangs make her small forehead appear a little bigger, which adds proportion to the face. The side bangs and slightly layered sides also make her cheeks a bit “slimmer,” so you can focus on her radiant smile.
A long bang that is layered at the end is the ideal compliment for an oval-shaped face. Halle Berry’s bangs modestly frame her cheekbones, which shows off her eyes and makes her face look a little rounder. A few sweeps of natural blush and trimmed eyebrows will make you look especially polished and sophisticated when you wear this look.