We're Callin' It: These Are the Best 5 Hairstyles for Long Faces

We'll take whatever Joan Smalls is having, thank you very much.

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I’mma be real with you for a sec: This hairstyle-for-your-face-shape thing is not at all necessary for any human being in the world. Because the haircut and style that’s going to look best on you is the one you feel most comfortable wearing, and that almost never comes down to a scientific, geographic formula.

BUT, not everything you know is a complete lie, because there are certain haircuts and styles that are, technically, more visually appealing to the eye, thanks to angles and lines and the maths of the world. So to get you inspired for your next cut, we turned to our favorite celebs, below, for the hairstyles that look especially excellent on long faces.

1. Iman

Best hairstyles for long faces: Iman

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A deeply swooped side ponytail, like Iman's actual masterpiece, visually cuts a long face in half...diagonally in half, at least.

2. Gisele Bündchen

Best hairstyles for long faces: Gisele Bündchen

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A textured ponytail, like Bündchen's, with softly teased sides adds a bit of width to a narrow face structure.

3. Sarah Jessica Parker

Best hairstyles for long faces: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Normally, a center part tends to draw the eye upward—which, on a longer face, can give the illusion of even more length—but Parker's face-framing blowout actually splits the edges off her forehead, giving her face a more angular structure.

4. Joan Smalls

Best hairstyles for long faces: Joan Smalls

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Okay, we're not suggesting you magically wake up with waist-length curls, but adding a ton of voluminous waves—whether through a curling wand or by cutting short, choppy layers around the face to encourage a curl—helps to "fill out" a leaner, longer face.

5. Liv Tyler

Best hairstyles for long faces: Liv Tyler

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A long lob with soft bends around the face (plus that ultra-deep side part) will square off an oval shape, like Tyler's.

Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.