Long Layer Haircuts for Round Face Shapes

Kate Bosworth wears sleek layers to a Burberry event in Los Angeles, California.

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Though there isn’t a predefined formula for best haircuts for a round face, it is all about slenderizing. When styling full-faced celebs such as Zooey Deschanel and Kate Bosworth, beauticians have used a system of optical illusions to accentuate the face’s bone structure. Parting, fringe and layering are just some key tools a clever stylist has up her sleeves to produce long, face-flattering hairstyles.

Urban Sleek

One way to make a round face more slender is to opt for straight, severe layers. Kate Bosworth is one full-face A-lister who has sported sleek layers, often with a deep middle part. In this haircut the fringe is cropped to chin level, which detracts from the face’s girth and draws attention to the jawline. These bangs are the cut’s shortest length, with the subsequent lengths softly layered to the shoulder. Polish the slick look by adding a pea-size amount of defrizzing serum and running the hair through a flat iron.

Facial Framing

If you want to create the illusion of sculpted features, a face framing haircut can be the ticket. The technique works well with round faces because it can create the optical illusion of bone structure. In this style, the long hair is feathered -- which is a razoring technique that gives the ends movement. The majority of the obviously layering is around the face, with prominent pieces hitting the cheeks and jawline. Go for asymmetrical bangs to downplay the wider forehead that is sometimes the result of a fuller face.

Rock Star Shag

Looking for a more edgy multi-layered haircut? Select the grown-out shag. This haircut can minimize the forehead and make the face appear leaner. One of the key components of this look is its fringe, which starts from the crown of the head. The rest of the hair is cut in choppy layers, with the shortest length starting around the clavicle. These layers help to make the face seem more vertical -- especially when the tresses are flat ironed and tousled with a dab of holding product.

Chunky Curls

When it comes to wavy hair, chunky layering can help to reduce the hair's bulk, slenderizing a fuller face. Celeb Zooey Deschanel, for example, has added chunky layers to her chestnut mane, accentuating her round face. The shortest layer falls around the jawline, and the hair tapers as it reaches shoulder level. Deschanel’s round face is also accentuated by her eyelash-grazing bangs, giving her a coquettish appearance. Curly hair can be tamed by adding a defrizzing serum to wet locks before drying the hair with a diffuser-attached blow dryer.

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