Short haircuts can beautifully frame a heart-shaped face. Widest at the temples and pointed at the chin, a heart-shaped face needs a cut that rounds out the jawline and narrows the forehead. Whether sporting curls, waves or sleek straight locks, consider these tips and tricks for inspiration to find a short hairstyle to work with your heart-shaped face.
Go Out on the Fringe
Wispy bangs and fringe that hit at the eyebrows will draw attention to the eyes and cheekbones of a heart-shaped face. Avoid heavy or blunt cut bangs, which tend to broaden the upper face. This style trick works magic for such famous beauties with heart-shaped faces as actresses Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Play the Angles
Asymmetrical cuts and side swept bangs soften a heart-shaped face. The angles they create fool the eye and round out the inverted triangle created by the natural shape of the face. Avoid tapering at the nape of the neck, which will only accentuate a pointy chin. Style icon and short hair maven Victoria Beckham wears this style to perfection with her heart-shaped face.
Break Out the Bob
A chin-length bob is one of the best short haircuts for a heart-shaped face. Its width at the jaw and weight at the back of the neck balance a narrow chin and draw the eye down from a broad forehead. This cut can work with curly or straight hair. Celebs Ashley Judd and Eva Longoria Parker have framed their heart-shaped faces with flirty curls, while actress and style trendsetter Katie Holmes had fellow heart-shaped facers running to hair salons to copy her sleek, straight version.
(Long) Layer It On
Keep layers soft and long. Too much height on top can emphasize a narrow chin below. Sweep layers forward to frame the face and avoid slick-backed looks. Loose waves or curls beginning at the ear provide balance and softness, as demonstrated by short hairstyles that have been worn by actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Renee Zellwegger to complement their heart-shaped faces.
Pretty as a Pixie
Daring, dramatic and decidedly different, a pixie cut (also called a short shag) can be a fabulous style for a heart-shaped face with fine features. Super-short sideswept bangs and side parts were featured in exquisite pixie cuts showing off the heart-shaped faces of actresses Alyssa Milano and Halle Berry.