If you have a round face
The right full fringe—namely a choppy, above-the-brow version—gives round faces, like Felicity Jones’, a more structured look. “If you have a small or slightly rounder face, a short fringe will bring attention to the eyes,” says Barrett. “It’s one of my favourite looks because it’s really youthful and gives length to the face."
If you have a long or oval face
Oval faces, like Zooey Deschanel's, can get away with a variety of looks but it’s the airy, below-the-brow style that proves to be the most sensual. “What’s crucial is the choppiness toward the end of the fringe—it should be fine enough that, although it’s going over your eyebrow, you should still be able to see,” says Barrett. This style calls attention to your cheekbones and if your face is on the longer side, the wisps can help to make it look wider.
If you have a square face
Similar to those with round faces, square shapes are flattered by a shorter fringe so channel your inner pin-up girl and opt for a style similar to Tatyana Ali’s. “If you want a more severe look, instead of angling your bangs from the middle and getting longer, you can do the opposite and have them shorter on the sides going inwards,” he says. “It’s slightly harder and I think that it looks more fashion-forward so you have to have confidence to wear it.”
If you have a smaller forehead
Contrary to popular belief, those who have foreheads on the smaller side, like Taraji P. Henson, can still look great with a full fringe. “Keep them short,” Barrett advises. “I love short fringes that frame the face because the shorter the fringe, the longer your forehead will be.” A side-swept look similar to Henson’s, which Barrett has dubbed the “gamine bang”, is another option if you prefer a style that isn’t so blunt. “It’s almost like pieces of hair getting slightly chunky and going to the side,” he explains. “There’s choppiness going on and it’s good for basically any shaped face.”
If you have a larger forehead
Those with high foreheads, like Rihanna’s, can get away with longer fringes—just be sure to get a fringe that starts in the middle and gets longer towards the sides. “It’s the most versatile and it’s the softest, sexiest look,” says Barrett, who recommends it for beginners. “That’s a great starting place and once you have that, you can become more adventurous: add or remove a little more length or make it choppy.”