2Ever seen a hairstyle you really love on a celebrity or model, gone to a salon and asked for the same cut and yet it just doesn’t look the same on you?

It’s probably because you chose the wrong cut for your face shape. Face shape is one of the major factors to take into consideration when thinking about asking for a new style, because what looks good on Agyness Dean may not necessarily look good on you!

To determine your face shape accurately, position yourself in front of a mirror. Using an eyeliner pencil (because it will wipe off easily), trace the outline of your face as reflected in the mirror. The shape left behind will be your face shape, and it should fall into one of the following categories: Oval, Long, Heart, Square or Round Shaped.

Oval: Sienna MillerNicola Sloan How To Choose The Right Cut For Your Face Shape 1_1740If you have an oval face, consider yourself lucky because this is one of the most versatile face shapes around when it comes to choosing a hair style. As a rule though, mid-length cuts and face framing layers will look particularly good on you as they will bring weight and definition to a slim face.

Long: Sarah Jessica ParkerNicola Sloan How To Choose The Right Cut For Your Face Shape 2The key if you have a long face is to bulk out the hair, as long, straight hair will just elongate your face further and will not be that flattering. Curls, waves and layers will all bulk out and add body to the hair. A blunt fringe will visually shorten the face and make it seem wider and is also a good way of disguising a tall forehead.

Heart: Kate MossNicola Sloan How To Choose The Right Cut For Your Face Shape 3This is another very versatile face shape, which will suit all sorts of styles. Jaw skimming layers will look great on you and bring definition to your jawline, while a fringe will draw attention to your eyes.

Square: Angelina JolieNicola Sloan How To Choose The Right Cut For Your Face Shape 4Avoid straight lines and blunt cuts as these will look somewhat severe on you (unless that’s the look you’re going for!) Choose soft, feminine styles; long layers, feathering and waves will all flatter your face.

Round: Rachel BilsonNicola Sloan How To Choose The Right Cut For Your Face Shape 6You can slim down and elongate a round face by having a sweeping side fringe or long layers. A blunt fringe will just make you face look wider. Similarly, choose a longer hair style, as short cuts will make your face look rounder.