The popular haircut that instantly flatters your face

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
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Did you know that the right haircut and colour can do amazing things to flatter your face shape? Treating yourself to a new ‘do or clever colour technique not only provides a great mental boost, but it can also flatter and contour what nature gave you - no struggle, no deprivation, no problem if you'd like to keep drinking Baileys. Enjoy!

The Cut

Sharpen up a round face by having a long sweeping fringe chopped in. It should graze your cheekbones to create flattering angles and, by falling over a portion of your face, visually narrows everything down too.

If your chin isn't as chiselled as you'd like it a long bob that hits just below the jaw (like Helen Mirren, pictured) creates a sharp focus for the eye.

Shape is important too. "A haircut with internal layers around the front it perfect for creating a more sculpted-looking jawline," says top stylist Sam Burnett. Styling-wise, a side parting instantly slims by breaking up any large expanses of skin. Keep height around your crown and parting - volume abound the sides of your face is a little bit widening and a lot 80s prom queen.

The Colour

We know wearing vertical stripes can elongate the silhouette - and the same goes with hair. "Go for light tones around the hairline for ear to ear, with darker tones painted underneath the ears and lower ends of the hair," advises colour guru Paul Edmonds.

"The light shades brighten and elongate the face, while the dark shades give the facial shape more of a point."

So now you know, why not book yourself in at the salon?

Fiona McKim
Beauty Editor,

 As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about brilliant finds on or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus). Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013 under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism). She has since covered every corner of the industry, from interviewing dermatologists and celebrities to reporting backstage at Fashion Week and judging the w&h Beauty Awards.