Within the ever-colliding stratospheres of fashion and beauty, “rules” have become a bit passé, if not obsolete altogether. Gone are the days when we’d refuse to wear white after Labor Day or dismiss navy and black as an ill-conceived color pairing. Currently, we feel inspired to dye our hair a demurely shocking shade of Chantilly lace or an audacious shade of citrus. A hot-pink, glittering eyelid is cooler than yesteryear’s smoked-out cat eye, and we’re even experimenting with crystal-studded manicures and taxi cab–inspired polish shades. Our point? It’s an exciting time to be in fashion and beauty, and more so than ever before, our hair, makeup, and fashion aesthetic reflect that.
Hair, especially, has been the comeback kid of 2020. Previously old-fashioned styles like the French twist have been artistically resurrected, and we currently own more pearl-, tortoiseshell-, and velvet-embellished hair accessories than we did butterflies, banana clips, and comb headbands circa 1999. Impressive. That said, one rule that hasn’t changed over the years is the importance (and confidence-boosting power) of having a truly amazing, ultra-flattering haircut. With the right cut, the rest of the hair gamut—color, styling, and accessories—is kind of your oyster. Sure, we 100% condone sporting any kind of haircut that makes you feel like the sh*t, but we also know certain haircuts look especially flattering with certain face shapes, going together like PB&J, Mary-Kate and Ashley, Dolce & Gabbana—you get the idea.
To help steer us in the right direction, and since spring is (thank God) a glowing orb of hope sitting in the not-so-distant future, we asked a handful of Hollywood’s most talented stylists (you know, the ones who cater to all of our favorite hair-blessed celebrites) which haircuts look best for which face shapes. Oval, diamond, square, heart, round, long, and unique variations between—the shape of our heads can dramatically influence the way certain cuts will flatter and fall. Thankfully, we have the best experts in the biz by our side to help point us in the right direction. Keep scrolling for 20 haircuts strategically suited to every kind of face shape.