6 Best Hairstyles for Thin and Long Faces in 2019

Clever cuts to flatter thin face shapes.  

In the realm of face shapes, having a thin face actually sounds quite desirable, no? However, never being happy with what we’ve got, there will still be those who complain about having said face shape and being unable to find a flattering style. Yet this is simply not the case…

While it may not all be model cheekbones and enviable jawlines, thin faces (i.e. long or oval shapes) have the benefit of suiting a wide variety of looks. So if a thin face is something that you’re self-conscious about, or you’re just interested to find out which styles are best suited to you (and why), read on.

1. Layered bob

model Bella Hadid with a blunt bob cut with bangs
Style chameleon Bella looks amazing with bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Bella Hadid is a great example of how you can rock shorter hair with a thin face. By incorporating shorter pieces around the jawline, her bold bob helps to add volume around her face, while her choppy fringe helps to highlight her piercing eyes and plump pout.

Editor’s tip: Love Bella’s Michelle Pfeiffer-inspired look? To achieve this rolled-under effect, apply a volumising mousse (like the VO5 Extra Body Mousseto towel-dried hair after washing, then use a round brush to dry your hair, curling inwards as you go.

Alternatively, if you’re ever in a pinch, you can also use your straighteners to quickly add a curl, it’ll achieve the same effect! Find out more on this in our guide to How to curl hair with a flat iron.

2. Parted bangs

camila cabello with bardot bangs and long dark hair
Retro parted bangs like Camila’s are the perfect accessory for long faces. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Those with long faces can sometimes have larger foreheads, so fringes are an obvious option. If you’re after a look that does the job of downplaying a larger forehead but also looks on point too, parted bangs will seriously change your life.

Split bangs (more commonly known as Bardot bangs) not only draw the eye away from the forehead, but also act as you induction to grown-out, cool-girl hairdos.

3. Side fringe

actress jennifer garner with long curly brunette hair and side bangs
Jennifer’s side fringe is sweeping us right off our feet! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The aim of any haircut for a thin face is to detract from the symmetry, so side fringes are perfect. Avoid centre partings as these can make a thin face look even thinner and instead take your inspiration from Jennifer Garner’s pretty side-swept style.

Her sweeping bangs cleverly flow across her forehead, giving the look an asymmetric look without completely covering her forehead.

4. Lobs

liv tyler with a wavy lob haircut
Try Liv’s look out on wavy locks. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Want to know what makes the well-loved lob such a great haircut for a thin face? Answer: it adds width. Cutting the hair to shoulder length helps to give the illusion of a fuller head of hair, as you won’t have any lifeless length pulling you down.

To take this even further, add loose waves (like Liv Tyler has done) as the wider the illusion of the hair, the fuller your face will look.

Editor’s tip: To emulate Liv’s wondrous waves, simply spritz some of the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray through hair after washing.

While still damp, divide your hair into 2 and put it into braids. Leave your hair to dry overnight and, come morning, you’ll have gorgeous beachy waves to swish – and no heat required!

5. Rounded fringe

supermodel naomi campbell with a full fringe
Downplay a large forehead with a full fringe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When it comes to styling a haircut for thin face, we could all learn a thing or two from Naomi Campbell. Rather than having a blunt, straight-across fringe, she has shaped and rounded her bangs to break up the length of her face, lifting her features. Who needs contouring, eh?!

6. Layers

natalie portman with layered long brunette hair
Layers are key for creating body and a fullness. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

It’s a common misconception that those with longer faces can’t rock long hair. Erm, HELLO, just look at Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba!

However, if you are keen to rock the long hair look, layers are important, as adding detail around the face will trick people into thinking your face is fuller than it actually is. Remember not to go too short with the layers at the crown of your hair, as this will actually have the opposite effect by adding even more height. Clever right?!



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