A freshly-cut fringe can take years off your face, as evidenced by these celebs. From disguising forehead lines and crow’s feet to lifting your cheekbones, the fringe is easily the new facelift (no needles or knives required). Plus, they’re inexpensive to achieve! Here are four flattering, youthful ways to work a fringe:
Blunt and Bold
Best for: Those with longer faces or thin locks
As seen on Jessica Biel, this fringe cut gives the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Brow-level bangs also help accentuate your eyes! However, those with a round face shape may want to avoid this heavy-set style as it tends to weigh down your look.
TIP: Using a vent brush, blow-dry straight out then press it against your forehead until cool. For thinner hair, you can consider using a hair roller for that curled-in look.
Try: ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush Size 3, $50, for a perfectly beveled finish.
Best for: Those with round faces
As seen on Mindy Kaling, this style creates height and definition to enhance your cheekbones. It also has a face-lengthening (hence, slimming!) effect and blends in well with the rest of your hair, so it’s the safest option if you’re not committed to making the cut. Check with your hairdresser which side will best complement your features.
TIP: Start blow-drying from the roots, and aim the dryer towards the side of the parting.
Try: Philips DryCare Essential Energy Efficient Hairdryer BHD029/03
It has better temperature control to protect your hair from overheating.
Light and Feathery
Best for: All face shapes
Also known as “see-through bangs”, this wispy cut is often seen on Korean celebs such as Song Hye-Kyo, and is a great way to ease into the trend. It can soften angular features, elongate round faces and more, making it versatile and suit virtually all face shapes. Whether you wear it middle-parted, sideswept or simply straight down, make sure it ends at or below the brow so it’s easier to style.
TIP: Run your fingers through it while blow-drying, as this helps it set more naturally.
Best for: Those with square face shapes
Inspired by the iconic Brigitte Bardot, a middle-parted curtain fringe like Penélope’s is ideal if you have a square-shaped face. Besides helping to soften harsh corners, it also works to elongate the face by drawing attention to and accentuating the jawline, cheekbones and eyes.
TIP: Blow-dry one side at a time, starting from the roots and then flicking hair away from the face from the mid-lengths until the ends. This helps your bangs sit perfectly.
Got an oval-shaped face like Alexa Chung? You're in luck - every fringe style will suit you!
Try: Denman Tail Comb, $29.90.
Before combing, lightly tease underneath your fringe with a tail comb to add lift and prevent strands from sticking together.
Try: HASK Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $19.90 (184 g).
Avoid using products that weigh your fringe down and make it look flat, greasy or clumpy. And since your fringe tends to get most oily throughout the day, spritz this dry shampoo onto your roots to instantly refresh your ’do.
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Text: Bauer / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew