The Best Shoulder-Length Haircuts, Depending On Your Face Shape

The Best Medium-Length Haircuts for Every Face Shape
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So you want a hairstyle that isn't short, but still isn't too long? Believe it or not, Goldilocks, you can get what you want.

The shoulder-length haircut genre — one that hits below the chin but not further than the collarbone — is possibly the most versatile of them all. You can pull your hair up into a topknot without it being too heavy and giving you a headache, but you also have room to create a ton of different looks.

You really can't go wrong with this length — it pretty much looks good on everyone. But if you want to spice it up a bit and customize your new cut, you've come to the right place. We spoke with Clyde Elezi, International Creative Director at The Drawing Room New York Salon, Stephen Thevenot, hairstylist at David Mallet NY and Aaron Grenia, Co-Founder of IGK Hair, to figure out what shoulder-length cut is most flattering for each face shape. But remember: if you see something you like that's not your face shape, any good hairstylist can cater the look for you. "In modern hairdressing, we tend to break those rules, mix and match face shapes and hairstyles in order to create a unique identity that reflects each client's personality, lifestyle and fashion sense," Elezi tells us.

So read on for some fail-proof, celebrity-inspired hairstyles that we promise will look good.

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Diamond-Shaped Faces

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If you have a diamond face shape, like model and fashion designer Alexa Chung, then you have the perfect canvas to rock one of the hottest hair trends right now: curtain bangs. "Curtain bangs balance a diamond-shaped face by elongating the face and widening forehead," Elezi tells us.

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Chin length hairstyles like this style on Rhianna, are also great if you have a diamond shape face as they help to soften the sharp angles and compliment the rounder features, says Grenia.

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Heart-Shaped Faces

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If you have a heart-shaped face, a long bob, a.k.a. a "lob," is a great choice for you. Elezi says a cut like this can "emphasize the cheekbones." Both he and Thevenot recommend soft layers towards the bottom or even long, side-swept bangs to give your hair some width. "Creating a fuller bottom gives a heart shaped face a more balanced appearance," says Thevenot. Look to Selena Gomez for hair inspiration.

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A longer bob on a heart shape face also keeps the hair length from making the chin appear more pronounced, says Grenia. "Aim for collar-bone length like Halle Berry, to balance out the face shape."

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Oval-Shaped Faces

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Ah, the lucky oval-face shape owner. If this is you, we're officially jealous because it means you can basically pull off any hairstyle. "With an oval face shape the world is your oyster," says Thevenot. He says you can go for a shag, a bob, a lob — whatever your heart desires. Feeling a bit daring and edgy? Try a blunt bob all the same length and parted down the center, like Kim Kardashian's here.

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Round-Shaped Faces

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Both Elezi and Thevenot agree: shoulder length or a tad bit longer is the most flattering for this face shape. According to Grenia, this slightly longer style will elongate the face.

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If you have a round face, Thevenot also suggests adding a side-swept bang and soft layers. "Adding a side-swept bang helps add structure with softness on the ends, cutting some of the roundness out," he explains.

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Square-Shaped Faces

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If you have a square-shaped face, a soft and tousled 'do will suit you well. Thevenot recommends keeping "all ends soft and more textured at any length" and avoiding "any hard lines." He adds, "Tousled waved are great for square faces — they really add texture and softness." Elezi suggests a face framing look and middle part to accentuate your cheekbones, like Jennifer Aniston's look here. (And no, it doesn't have to be "The Rachel.")

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"Square shaped faces also look great with a longer bob that doesn't cut you off at the jawline," says Grenia. "Choose soft, textured ends like Margot Robbie, over blunt lines that over accentuate hard angles."

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Triangle-Shaped Faces

"If you have a triangular-shaped face like Victoria Beckham, aiming for a cut that builds weight around the jawline will help to widen the look at the jawline, while still highlighting the cheek bones," says Grenia.

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