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A guide to bridal hair accessories and hairstyles that flatter different face shapes

No two women are alike. So, what looks good on one bride may not be the best choice for another. This explains the diverse choices in fashion, since there should be something to suit everyone.

Most brides understand the importance of choosing a wedding dress silhouette that flatters their body shape. Just as you focus on finding a dress that flatters your best assets, it is important that you find a hairstyle and accessories that enhance your facial features.

You may fall in love with a hairstyle you see in a magazine or on the internet. However, the design of your dreams should suit your facial structure and features, for it to work properly. Unless you find the right hairstyle and accessories for your face shape, you may not look your very best on your wedding day.

The first step to getting this right, is to identify your face shape. Certain face shapes are easy, like round, square or oval. If you can quickly identify yours, you are welcome to the first step. However, if you aren’t so sure, this article on Wikihow suggests two different ways to determine your face shape. The first method is to trace the outline of your face on a mirror and identify the shape that it resembles closely.  The second method uses precise measurements of your jawline, cheek-to-cheek width, forehead and length of face and compare it to the given list to decide your face shape. Choose either of these methods and identify your actual face shape.

Common face shapes and their characteristic features

Eight different face shapes are widely recognized. These are the following:

Oval: Oval faces have more length than width. The forehead is slightly wider than the jaw and chin areas, and overall the face structure is symmetrical.

Round: The cheekbones are usually wide and similar in proportion to the overall length of the face. You will have a small chin area without sharp angular features, and the forehead will be small.

Oblong or rectangle: These face types are longer than they are wide. The measurements are similar for the forehead, jawline and and cheeks.

Heart: The chin is narrower than the temples and cheeks. Forehead and cheek measurements are similar and upper facial features are soft and rounded.

Square: The difference from the oblong face is that square faces are about as long as they are wide. The jaw is characterized by sharp angles, as is the forehead.

Triangle: Triangle-faces are similar to the heart-shape. However the angles are sharper and the chin is generally more pointed.

Diamond: As the name suggests, diamond faces are widest at the cheeks and taper towards the forehead and chin region. This type of face structure is usually symmetrical.

Now that we’ve looked at the different face shapes there is, let us find out what hairstyle and accessories suit each type best.

Suggested hairstyles and accessories for each face shape

Oval face shape

The oval face shape is one of the easiest types to accessorize. Since the facial proportions are symmetrical, it is relatively easy to balance. Whether you have long, tumbling tresses or wear your hair short, there are a plethora of options available when choosing your wedding day hair. For some hairstyle inspiration for this face shape, take a look at this article on the Marieclaire website

If your face is really long, it is a good idea to pick a hairstyle that breaks the length of your face. A chignon or a fringe would work well. Also consider a bun at the nape of your neck or pull back your hair loosely into a ponytail that shows off your face shape. A side-part will add more width to your face, if it is long. Avoid hairstyles and accessories that add height at the top. Instead, choose hairstyles that add fullness to the sides of the face. Headbands look good on oval faces, especially when they simply encircle the crown. All the different types of veils, from birdcage veils to long-flowing ones are suitable for this face shape.

Round

When your face is round, pick a hairstyle and accessories that create the illusion of length. This will help your face look longer, and resemble an oval. Layered bangs and long hairstyles will elongate this otherwise full shape. Women with round faces can slim down their faces using hairstyles with texture and bounce. Deep side-parts tend to reduce the fullness of the face, and are a style you should consider. If you choose a layered hairstyle, ensure that the layers are graduated and give the neck region a longer look. Visit this post on the She Knows website for more ideas on hairstyles that work best for this face shape.

When choosing your wedding day hairstyle, consider a sleek, side-parted ponytail for an elegant and classy look. Another option is to wear a hairstyle which adds height at the center and balances the proportions of your face. Hair accessories that add height, such as a tiara in a triangular fashion are the best. It is also a good idea to add some volume at the area under your veil, so the face doesn’t look chubby. Your veil should flow along the sides of your face, thus elongating it.

Oblong

For this face shape, we suggest hairstyles and accessories that add width, but not length. Side-swept hairstyles, especially those with tumbling waves soft curls add a delicate, feminine quality to this face shape. Avoid long, straight and sleek styles that further accentuate the length of your face. Instead opt for short layers or fringes along the sides that will add more volume to your face. A side-swept updo or half-up half-down hairstyles will also look amazing on you.

Find a veil with plenty of layers that fall around your face. For hair accessories, ornate combs or dainty hair pins that add sparkle to a side-swept hairstyle work well. You can also wear floral headbands to add texture to a side-swept hairstyle.

Heart

Heart shaped faces are wider at the forehead than the chin, and look good with hairstyles that draw attention to the cheekbones and shift focus from the angular chin. Fringes work well with this face shape. Add more texture or volume to the area near the ears and cheek with hairstyles like textured bobs. If you want a gathered hairstyle, consider an off-center part that takes the hair away from the face, but breaks up the width at the top. Refrain from making a center part or pulling your hair back without a part, as this will only make your forehead appear wider.

Explore the options in combs and hairpins to accentuate your wedding day hairstyle. Avoid wearing flat tiaras or headbands that add width to your forehead, unless you also wear a side-swept fringe with it.

Square

Hairstyles that conceal or shift attention from the fullness of the jaw and forehead are ideal for square face shapes. Since the corners are rather sharp, they can also add volume to the face. Long, straight hairstyles with soften this look. Off-center parts are also suggested as this will open the face up and not enhance the effect of a broad jaw. Similarly, oversize buns with wispy curls around the face conceal the forehead and balance out the jawline. Bouncy, graduated curls are also a good way to shift attention from your angular jaw.

Choose headpieces with asymmetrical details for best results. Do not wear it in the center. Instead, wear your headpiece to one side of the face. Details like twirls, floral elements, delicate details that add sparkle to the hair and feminine curls are suitable. Voluminous veils are good for this facial shape.

Triangle

The most prominent feature of a triangle shape face is the jaw with its greater proportions in comparison to the forehead. When you choose your wedding day hairstyle and accessories, aim to balance out the proportions of the face and shift focus from your pointed chin area. For this, add width to the jaw area with a suitable hairstyle. A chignon or bun tied at the nape of the neck with a vivid side-part will achieve this effect.

Headpieces that broaden the forehead and widen the width of this area are suggested. Wear it close to the temple, instead of placing it near the crown. Delicate and dainty headpieces with plenty of detailing will draw attention to your eyes and forehead. When choosing veils, look for ones that do not end near the jaw line, or have layers in that area. Your veil should preferably fall towards the back.

Diamond

If your face has the shape of a diamond, you are likely to be blessed with sharp, chiseled features. Although your chin tends to have a pointy look, it can be camouflaged with a suitable hairstyle. The hairstyle you pick should ideally reduce the length of your face, and balance out its lean look. Basically, aim to shift attention from the center of the face. You can achieve this with hairstyles that add a side-part. Layers work well, as these add volume around the face and give it a fuller effect. If you have side-swept bangs, leave them open. Avoid hairstyles that fall flat and straight as this will highlight the contours of your face.

Choose hair accessories that simply enhance a side-part for your wedding day. You can also experiment with hair clips and combs that add the right dose of sparkle to your hairdo. Avoid tiaras and crowns, unless you leave your bangs open. Never pair this with a sleek updo or pull your hair back on all sides since it will highlight the actual shape of your face. Oversize hair accessories like floral crowns are another great option as this can disguise the actual shape of your face and give it a fuller look.

Other factors to consider

While your face shape is an important factor to consider when choosing your hairstyle, there are other factors to consider as well. For instance, your hairstyle should match your dress style and it should be formal or casual based on your wedding style. The accessories you wear on this day should also go well with the rest of your outfit. All these factors can make it rather confusing to find the right combination of hairstyle and hair accessories that go together seamlessly.

If you are unsure of what to choose, you can always ask your bridal dress consultant for suggestions for suitable accessories. Experienced bridal fashion consultants can usually suggest suitable accessories for each dress style, and you can make your pick from what they recommend. Also, consult your hairstylist. Discuss how you want to look, show her pictures you like and ask for inputs on what would look best on you. Have a trial hair and makeup session ahead of the wedding, and you can see if it comes together properly and make suitable adjustments as necessary.

At Best for Bride, we have a range of bridal hair accessories to suit every bridal dress style. For ideas on how to plan your wedding day look, browse through our gallery of wedding dresses. Also, don’t forget to visit this link to our accessories page to find out more about what we have in our inventory. From veils and tiaras to headpieces, jewelry and shoes, we have everything you need for your special day. We also offer the flexibility to buy or hire these articles, as well as your wedding dress as per your preference. Visit Best for Bride today to make your wedding day dreams come true. 

4 thoughts on “A guide to bridal hair accessories and hairstyles that flatter different face shapes

  1. Is there a major difference between the oval and the oblong face shape? I find them very similar and would imagine that the hairstyles that cover each of them could be used by each.

  2. Awesome tips. Since none of us have the exact same face shape, I feel everything should have a look at this before deciding what type of hairdo to go with!

  3. This is really helpful. I have a round face type. Side parted ponytail sounds good to me too!

  4. @ Elaine, I have a round shape as well. I love the hairstyle example on this page for the round face, I think I’m gonna go with that one.

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