Tired of hearing that fringes are only for very specific face shapes? Here’s how to tell what fringe shape suits your face…

Cutting a fringe can be a traumatic experience – you never know if you’re going to leave the salon happy or in tears. There are a lot of things to consider before you cut a fringe [hyperlink: https://www.all4women.co.za/1554642/fashion-beauty/all-about-hair/7-things-to-think-about-before-cutting-a-fringe ], and face shape is one of the most important.

First things first: Do you know your face shape?

Chubby cheeks don’t necessarily mean you have a round face, and heart-shaped doesn’t refer to the shape of your hairline. For the purpose of this article (and your life in general), it’s not a bad idea to make sure you know what your face shape is. Here’s a 90 second video that explains it well:

Oval face

People with oval face shapes are often considered traditionally beautiful, because proportionally things just work well for you. Standard make-up tutorials are meant for you, and just about any wig or hat looks good on your head.

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The same goes for fringes – because your facial proportions are well balanced, pretty much any type of fringe should work – from a short, blunt cut to a thick and full sideswept one.

Andrey Shupilo – @123rf.com

Square face

If you have a square face, your jaw and cheekbones are likely prominent, and your face is approximately as wide as it is long (since we are three dimensional beings it hardly ever really looks square – luckily).

A blunt or full fringe will accentuate the angular parts of your face if you’re keen on embracing that – it’s a look that I’m a huge fan of. If that’s not your speed and you would prefer to soften your face instead, opt for long, wispy bits of fringe that subtly blend into the lengths of your hair. The cut should be feathered and it should start below the brow. Be careful of a full or heavy fringe as it can accentuate the angularity again.

Round face

A full fringe will accentuate roundness and plumpness, which is enough to make most of us run for the hills. It’s not all bad though – roundness and plumpness equate to youth, which is why turning the rules on their head can easily chop five years off your birth date.

If you’re not so keen on looking fuller in the cheek area, a full, layered, side-swept fringe will slim down a round face and help create some contours.

kzenon – @123rf.com

Heart-shaped face

If anyone should roll the dice on micro bangs, it should be heart shapes. A short, feathered fringe will minimise the broader forehead of a heart-shaped face without over-balancing it – you’ll still notice the cheekbones and delicate chin.

If that’s not for you, a crescent-shaped fringe also works really well. The ideal cut is tapered, with the middle part starting at the brow and then ending at the bottom of the ear. You can wear it straight or swept to the side.

Read more: 7 Things to think about before cutting a fringe