We all know that a fashionable and flattering wardrobe will make you look miles better than just throwing on anything you find laying around. The same principal applies to your hairstyle and face shape. Your face shape will almost always dictate which hairstyle looks best. Finding the right hairstyle to suit your face is not easy, but it is doable. You have to balance the current trends with what will look best for you. How do you know what will make you look your best?

Below is a brief guide to face shapes: Oval: This face shape is obviously oval-shaped, also equal in size on top and bottom. Heart: Wider at the temples and narrower at the chin. Round: This face type is similar to the oval, but shorter. Triangle: The opposite of the heart, this type of face is usually wide at the chin with a narrow forehead. Square: A strong jaw and squared-off features are typical of this type. Rectangle: A longer version of the square face.

Slim the round face — For round faces, the worst thing you can do is to get a chin length cut. That will just draw attention to the roundness of the face. To make your face look longer and slimmer, keep hair long, at least shoulder length. While some layering at the bottom can work, it is usually best to keep layers out of the face and below the jaw line. Longer styles also go very well with an oval-shaped face.

Use Bangs to Hide Flaws — Bangs camouflage a large forehead or are can also be used to soften a face. Bangs usually look best when they are not too full, so stick to just a light coverage. However, if you want to make a bold, stylish statement, then go for a heavy fringe. Bangs go well with heart-shaped faces to minimize the width of the forehead, and are also ideal for softening a square or rectangular face. Avoid using them with a round face shape, since this will cut off length and make the face look even shorter.

Layers Create Softness — When you have straight lines in your face, such as those with a square or rectangular face, some well-placed layers can really help soften your face and create a more feminine look. Be careful of having too many layers, since this can actually start to look frizzy and unkempt, but a handful of wisps looks great.

Short Hairstyles Add Width to the Jaw — Obviously, if you already have a naturally wide chin, you won´t want to opt for a bob or any other chin-length cut. However, for heart-shaped faces, this is the ideal hairstyle to balance out the wide forehead. Short hair can also be used successfully with a rectangular face, to create a shorter look, particularly if combined with a layered cut to add texture and softness to the face.

Add Some Curl For Extra Body — Not everyone is blessed with full hair and when you have a triangular or a rectangular face, a little extra volume can really help. Going with a light perm (seriously, we are no talking about the 1980′s perm here) or curl can help add some volume to your hair and balance out these face types.

Good luck with your new hairstyle!