Hairstyles for People With High Cheekbones

Side-swept bangs can accentuate your cheekbones if you have a square facial shape.

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How many gorgeous runway models have you seen with ultra-high cheekbones? The answer is: probably a lot. Being born with them is a blessing, and you need to do all you can to play up your best features. The right hairstyle will accentuate your high cheekbones and diminish some of the features commonly associated with certain face shapes. If you’ve been going to the same stylist for years, express your concerns and explain the look you’re trying to create; they may have some extra daily styling tips for you.

The Bob Hairstyle with Cropped Nape

The bob hairstyle is fashionable cut that never really seems to go out of style, perhaps because of its classic allure. The bob is ideal for women with high cheekbones when the top of the hair falls just over the part of the face and outward, and the lower strands turn inward, just below the chin. This cut frames your face and accentuates your cheekbones. If you have a large forehead or prominent brow, this may not be the best look for you, as the outward sweep of the top of cut can make your forehead look wider than it really is.

Add Bangs

Straight-across bangs accentuate high cheekbones by drawing attention to the area of your face around your eyes and cheekbones, especially if you have a narrow forehead, broad or large chin or a strong profile, according to Josette Milgram, author of “Marie Claire Hair.” Opt for rounded bangs just about eyebrow length if you have a long, oval-shaped face. Bangs that are straight across can draw your face downward, which will make your cheekbones pop, but could make your face look sallow and your cheeks a bit sunken.

Long, Layered Cut with a Side Part

A long, layered cut with a side part is ideal for ladies with a diamond- or heart-shaped face. Ladies with these particular facial shapes often have prominent cheekbones, a small narrow chin and a wide or high forehead. A long, layered cut with a side part can help minimize and narrow a wide or high forehead, as the side part draws attention away from the forehead while partially obscuring it. To play up your cheekbones, keep your side part just past eyebrow length. Added length at the bottom of your cut will help downplay a small or narrow chin, especially if your ends don't point back in at your chin. Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson have successfully rocked this look on the street and on the red carpet. It’s a versatile look for ladies with diamond- or heart-shaped faces.

Hairstyles to Avoid

As much as the right haircut can help those cheekbones stand out, the wrong cut can downplay your best features and play up some potentially bad ones. For example, spiky haircuts and haircuts with a lot of height on top tend to stretch your face out. If you have a long face and high cheekbones, you might start looking a bit like "Lurch" from the "Adam’s Family" -- like your face is stretched out to ghoulish proportions! Also, stay away from extra-long cuts; hair more than an inch or two past your shoulders also tends to stretch out your features.

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