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Fringes are a love-hate addition to a hairstyle, but can be a quick and easy update on your style as long as you know which fringe is right for your face shape.

Here we reveal how to measure your face to find your face shape and the fringes that suit them best.

First things first - determine your face shape!

Knowing what shape your face is can help choose you the most flattering styles. There are four basic face shapes: oval, round, heart and square, plus a few sub-shapes such as triangle, diamond and rectangle (or 'oblong'). The first step to determining which you are is to get out a tape measure and write down some numbers.

  • First, measure across the top of your cheekbones.
  • Then measure across your jawbone, from widest point to widest point.
  • Third, measure across your forehead at the widest point
  • Finally measure from the top of your face (at the hairline) to the tip of your chin.

Now that you have these four numbers you can determine which face shape you fall into:

Oval 
You have an oval face if the length (#4) is 1 1/2 times the width (usually #1 or #2) and all features are evenly balanced and proportioned. Oval faces usually have small features and prominent cheekbones.

Round 
Your face is just as wide at the cheekbones (#1) as it is long (#4), with the forehead and jawline being slightly narrower.

Square 
All four measurements will be roughly the same with a square face - the face being more angular and about as wide as it is long.

Heart 
Heart shaped faces are widest at the forehead or cheekbones and taper down to a narrower jaw.

Now you have your face shape you can find the best style of fringe to suit.

Round Face Shape
Fringe style:
 Side

If you have a round face then try a side fringe. Side fringes are perfect for adding length and definition to a round face shape. A longer side fringe will create the illusion of a longer face and enhance your cheekbones.

Square Face Shape
Fringe style:
 Full and feathered

A fringe on a square face can be slightly overwhelming so one that sits slightly below your eyebrows will work best. Feathering the fringe can create softness to your face.

Oval Face Shape
Fringe style:
 anything you like!

The oval face shape is very lucky, they can wear any type of fringe style they like – take your pick!

Heart Shape Face
Fringe style: 
long

Heart shape faces should avoid short blunt fringes and instead opt for a natural looking fringe which blends well with your hair.

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