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Haircuts to Flatter Your Face Shape: Part III, Long and Oval Faces

You may covet your favorite celeb's hairstyle, but if the 'do doesn't fit your face shape, you're likely to be disappointed. Hence, our four-part series on the haircuts that best flatter your face. Welcome back for our third installment: oval faces. To read last week's advice on round faces, click here.

If you were born with an oblong or oval-shaped face, you share your facial structure with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, and Jada Pinkett Smith. This extremely versatile face shape allows you to pull off almost any look: short, long, straight or wavy. It's not so much the length you choose that matters; it's more about the feature you want to emphasize. If it's your cheekbones, for instance, try layering chin-length hair so that it falls right at your cheeks and chin, like SJP's at left. This will create the illusion of width, which waves and curls will only emphasize.

If you want to draw attention to your lips and chin, try a choppy bob or a shoulder-skimming straight shag. For other styling ideas,

To emphasize your shoulders and neck, you'll want longer hair that falls below your collarbone. Make sure to cut your hair in long layers, especially around your face. Long bangs are also great for you because they create more width to your longer face. The only style that you'll really want to avoid is super-short layers on the top of your head. This style isn't the most flattering and will make your face appear too long. If your hair is really thick and curly, try to stay away from a blunt bob or you may end up looking like a pyramid.

blossommac blossommac 8 years
SJP is more a oblond face not to much oval like rihana, halle berry, jessica alba , beyonce
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I always bring in pics of SJP when I go in for a cut! I have an oval face and my hair looks exactly like hers (on a good day :-))
EspressoJunkie EspressoJunkie 9 years
Oh man, I just came across this, so good to have a little guide for myself.
weeazz weeazz 10 years
arrgh i have a mix of all the face shapes annoying!!
Martini-Girl Martini-Girl 10 years
I love her hair styles. She seems to change them often from short to long and back again. My hair seems to grow very slow. Does anyone know a way to get hair to grow faster?
MelindaB MelindaB 10 years
I love Sarah Jessica. She's unconventional looking, but beautiful none of the less.
daisygirl05 daisygirl05 10 years
I love her hair in all of the styles. They all look good with the shape of her face.
beautyaddict beautyaddict 10 years
I think the second pic would be a nice style for me. Right now my hair's getting long. i might keep it long for the summer but i worry that a shorter style might make me look too young.
blondebombshell blondebombshell 10 years
Totally my face shape, anyone else have trouble finding sunglasses, they all look HUGE on me!
Lala77 Lala77 10 years
like her in all 4 photos :) can't wait to see the girls on the big screen if it's going to happen eventually :)
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 11 years
I love her!
lindaloo lindaloo 11 years
Love the second picture. We still refer to her as Sarah Jessica Horsehead!
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 11 years
I love the second one...I have just found my next new hairstyle
ann_fancy ann_fancy 11 years
I'm oval but definitely LESS oval than her, her face is really narrow. I'd like to do a short bob a little bit like Nicole Richie's Old Do, but I'm not sure if it would suit me. I think Sarah Jessica Parker was really beautiful during the Sex In the City days, but now she seem to have lost her shine
sexyeyes sexyeyes 11 years
I think she's beautiful no matter what she wears... I love her hair and eyes
Adriana42 Adriana42 11 years
she looks lovely in these pictures ..
kitty805 kitty805 11 years
i really like the choppy bob.
Aracelly Aracelly 11 years
She rocks my world.
Fashiondiva91 Fashiondiva91 11 years
She looks the best in the third pic.
pollypo pollypo 11 years
This is my face shape. I feel like my face is about 3 inches wide. LOL. My grandma is always on me - you're too thin. No, Grandma, my face is. I could gain 100 lbs and I swear I'd still have a thin face.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 11 years
it's weird, bc i don't think she's very pretty, but when i watch SATC, she is stunning to me. her face, her hair. i'm always!
t0xxic t0xxic 11 years
I love her hair
Moongal Moongal 11 years
Jessica Parker, hmmmm her face bugs me sorry lol it just always has
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