Parting Ways

Need some advice about finding the most flattering part line for the shape of your face? Turns out, a simple update to your part can bring out your best features, balance your face shape and much more! 

To figure the best part for your face shape, you first need to determine what your face shape actually is. Here's handy tool to get you started:

Now that you know your face shape, let’s check out some partings that are best for you.

Lauren Conrad long layers hair hairstyleSelena GomezKeira KnightleyIf you have an oval face shape like Lauren Conrad, which is the ideally balanced shape, you can pull off can pull off pretty much any part. Try a middle, side, or deep part or change it up as often as you like for style versatility.

If you have a round face shape like Selena Gomez, the ideal part line is down the middle or a deep side part, as both of these can give the illusion of length. It can also create balance around your face, as can longer layers that start below the cheek line.

If your face shape is square like Keira Knightley, try a side part with bangs. A soft, slightly side-swept part with fringe will add softness to squared off features. Show just enough skin on your forehead and allow your bangs to offset the angled jaw line.

Reece WitherspoonClaire HoltSarah Jessica ParkerIf you have a heart-shaped face like Reece Witherspoon, which usually includes a pointy chin, a deep side part will break up the chin line.  Also delicate layers will to soften the width at your cheekbones.

If you have a diamond-shaped face like Claire Holt, you may want to stay away from short bangs, which will accentuate your smaller forehead, and stick to side parts. A side part compliments strong cheekbones and bone structure. Shorter hairstyles also work best for this look.

A middle part is most ideal for oblong faces, as it adds the illusion of roundness to longer faces. Sarah Jessica Parker is a classic example of a longer face and how well a center part helps create balance.

Bangs also work very well to help shorten the appearance of the long face shape. Also consider a haircut with layers to bring out your cheekbones and strong jaw line.

If you are fighting a natural part line that’s not really good for your face shape, try this:

If your hair naturally parts one way but you want to change the direction, try parting your hair while it is wet, then applying a gel to hold the new part in place. Use a fine-toothed comb to coax your hair in the new direction as you blow dry.