The most flattering haircuts for long faces

Looking for a hairstyle that suits your long face?

With sweeping cheekbones, a defined jawline and a raised forehead, it’s easy to see why a long face is often considered elegant and attractive. But if you’re the proud owner of this face shape (you lucky thing!), it’s still important that you know how to choose the right hairstyle. And when it comes to finding the best haircuts for long faces, it’s certainly not a case of “anything goes”.

So, if you’re looking for the most flattering cut, remember that the aim is to choose one that adds width to your complexion, while also minimising its length, to create the illusion of more balanced facial proportions. Just look to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Chung and Emma Watson for inspiration – and you’ll get the idea.

So, ready to refresh your look with a new style? Below, we’ve curated 4 of the most flattering haircuts for long faces you should try now. Read on and find out what they are.

4 Super-flattering haircuts for long faces


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Lob with a choppy fringe. Credit:

Long bob and choppy fringe

A long bob with a choppy fringe is a great look for long-faced ladies. Not only is this haircut ultra chic and sophisticated, but its just-above-the-shoulder length can also help shorten your face. Meanwhile, the choppy fringe – which should be kept fairly long – can help to conceal a larger forehead and keep the attention firmly on your eyes.

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Medium length wavy hair for long faces. Credit:

Mid-length waves

If you want to soften your face shape but don’t quite feel ready for an ultra short crop, then you should definitely try this look. A cut that sits just below your shoulders will help reduce the length of your face, while the volume and texture of subtle waves will widen it, giving the illusion of fuller cheeks. Just remember to confine the volume to around the middle and lower sections of your hair for the most flattering effect.

long layers and blunt fringe for a long face
Long layers and a blunt fringe. Credit:

Long layers with a thick fringe

Many believe that long hair isn’t the most flattering of haircuts for long faces. But we beg to differ. Adding a few cleverly-placed tweaks to the style will allow you to wear your locks long and proud. Try asking your stylist to work in long, dramatic layers and a thick, full fringe, as these will work wonders in balancing out your facial proportions, while keeping the look modern and sophisticated.

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Bangs and a fringe. Credit:

Fringes and bangs

Whatever length or cut you go for, a fringe is always a safe bet for those with longer faces, as partly concealing your forehead will instantly help reduce its length. If you’re not sure how long or short your bangs should be, the basic rule of thumb is: one that takes up almost a third of your face length will usually help you achieve the most flattering proportions.

So, which one of these haircuts for long faces will you try?

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