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Apr 24, 201810:07 AM
Let Them Eat Cake

The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

Hairstyles that Contour

Picking a ‘do for your Big Day that flatters your fabulous face

What is your face shape? Here is a simple way to measure

STEP 1
The distance across your cheekbones

STEP 2
The distance across your forehead

STEP 3
The distance across across your jawline

STEP 4
Then measure downwards from the tip of your forehead to the middle of your chin.
 

We are going to tell you a secret. Hairdressers have been contouring for years. It may be all the rage now in makeup, but creating styles to accentuate our best features has always been at the heart of hairdressing. As a bride, knowing the shape of your own face and which styles are the most flattering will help you pick a wedding look that is stunning on you.

So what’s your face shape? Most people have oval faces (think Kim Kardashian) but you can have square (Angelina Jolie), round (Emma Stone) or heart-shaped (Reese Witherspoon).   Which one are you?

A very simple way to determine this is to take some measurements: Namely, the distance across your cheekbones, across your forehead and across your jawline. Then measure downwards from the tip of your forehead to the middle of your chin.

If you have an oval face, the length of your face equals one and a half times the width. Face shapes nearly as wide as it is long are round. For anyone with a forehead roughly the same length as her jawline, the shape is considered square. A heart shaped face is widest at the cheekbones with a narrow forehead.
Now you know which one you are, follow our guide for the perfect style.
 

OVAL FACES
Side-swept bangs and a shoulder-length look will create width and softness. Soft waves further enhance this effect and are worn by oval-faced stars such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. To create the illusion of more width on longer faces, straight bangs across the forehead will do the job.
 

SQUARE
Women with square faces, such as Keira Knightley, look their best when their hair hits around the jawline in a textured or smooth bob. For longer hair, wear waves or curls that start below the ears to soften a strong jaw and add movement.


ROUND
A round face (think Miranda Kerr) really benefits from hair that creates some angles. Having pieces cut around the face and chin, or hanging down to highlight the cheekbones will create a more sculpted, slimmer look. Make sure hair is smooth, any volume or frizz will just add bulk. A sleek pony or severe up do will also add definition and offset the roundness of the face. Make sure no hair falls at the widest point of the face.
 

HEART
For a heart-shaped face (e.g. Zoey Deschanel), add volume around the chin with layers or waves to balance the face. Long side-swept bangs with an up-do or pieces falling below the ears will also have the same effect.

 

 

 

 

 

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The official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine, offering a daily dose of all things weddings

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“Let Them Eat Cake,” is the official wedding blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine. The LTEC blog is the joint labor of love for Kelly Massicot and Melanie Warner Spencer. Massicot is web and social media editor for Renaissance Publishing, a contributing writer for New Orleans Bride Magazine, wedding junkie and fond lover of cake, especially petit fours from Chateau Coffee Cafe. Spencer is the editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine, writer of the “Bon Vivant” blog and a Francophile obsessed with Marie Antoinette and those tiny cakes from Chateau Coffee Café. You can reach Kelly at Kelly@myneworleans.com and Melanie at Melanie@myneworleans.com.

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