Use our hairstyle search filters to drill down further. For example, you can narrow your search to long hairstyles for oval faces (only available on desktop and tablets).
Blake Lively’s highlighted dark hair was swept up into this messy upstyle for the Hollywood Life Magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards in Music Box, Hollywood back in December 10, 2006.
Blake Lively’s blue Adam romper was a perfect match for loose and layered blond hairstyle at The CW Network Upfronts, Madison Square Garden in New York last May 21, 2009.
Gigi Hadid wore a stunning long black dress that emphasizes her long legs paired with a slick bun hairstyle at the Elton John Oscar Party 2015 at the City Of West Hollywood Park on February 22, 2015, in West Hollywood, CA.
Gigi Hadid’s hair was styled into a wet-look tousled and wavy loose hairstyle when she walked the runway wearing Michael Kors Spring 2019 on September 12, 2018, in New York City.
Supermodel Tyra Banks was backstage during the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York City. She had a natural makeup that went well with her straight and loose highlighted hairstyle.
The singer attended the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Boulevard on March 2, 2014, sporting a shoulder-length hair cut with wavy bangs.
On November 23, 2008, Miley Cyrus paired her gold and black dress with a messy ponytail that has loose bangs and highlights at the 2008 American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Emma Watson wore a stylish and simple white frilly dress with her elegant side-swept bun hairstyle with a slick finish at the “My Week with Marilyn” premiere at the Cineworld Haymarket in London On November 20, 2011.
Kim Kardashian with her center-parted waves paired with big hoop earrings at The 13th Annual GQ ‘MEN OF THE YEAR’ Party, Chateau Marmont Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on November 18, 2008.
Halle Berry flaunted her natural beauty with her simple black dress and side-swept shoulder-length hairstyle with highlights and waves at 15TH Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood event, The Four Seasons Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, CA on October 06, 2008.
Jennifer Lawrence paired her white-blond wavy ponytail hairstyle with a simple black outfit when she arrived at the Cinema Con 2016: Sony Pictures Presentation on April 12, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.
Rihanna attended the Grammy Awards 2015 on February 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. She paired her charming pink strapless dress with a neat bun hairstyle with a few loose tendrils.
Cara Delevingne went with an edgy platinum blond buzz cut to go with her bold make-up and black dress at the MTV Movie and Television Awards on the Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA.
Nicki Minaj attended The Bridge” Season 2 Premiere Screening on April 21, 2014, in Westwood, CA. She was quite charming in her white dress and straight center-parted raven hairstyle that frames her face quite well.
Jessica Alba was at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on April 13, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. She was charming in her elegant white dress and long side-swept brown hairstyle with waves and layers.
Carrie Underwood complemented her shoulder-length waves with side bangs during the 2013 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013, in Hollywood, CA.
Christina Aguilera added a twist to her short pixie by styling it with a classic french roll in front during the 2010 MTV Movie Awards on June 06, 2011.
Mel B with her long dark locks arranged into a half upstyle as she attends the NBC Universal TCA Summer 2016 Press Tour on August 2, 2016.
Sienna Miller exhibits a stunning aura in a flattering long, layered rose pink gown and finished her look in a messy center-part low bun hairstyle with a few strands framing her face as she attends the gala premiere for “Macbeth” on May 23, 2015.
Gal Gadot attended the 90th Annual Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on March 4, 2018. She wore a matching necklace for her silver sequined dress and a slick side-swept ponytail hairstyle.
Rose Byrne wore a nude Valentino gown at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA on September 20, 2009. She paired this with a layered shoulder-length brunette bob hairstyle with long side bangs.
Milla Jovovich was at the presentation of the new Tommy Hilfiger complements collection on March 18, 2010, in Madrid. She was lovely in a dark outfit to pair with her slicked-back neat hairstyle and simple makeup.
Aubrey Plaza was at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards press room at the Caesars Palace on April 18, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV. She wore a simple red dress and paired it with a shoulder-length straight layered hairstyle.
Brittany Snow was at the MTV Movie Awards 2015 at the Nokia Theater on April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. She was charming in a pink dress that she paired with her slick and highlighted sandy blonde ponytail.
On November 6, 2019, Emma Roberts attended the Kohl’s launch event for the “New Gifts at Every Turn” holiday pop-up at 632 Broadway, New York City. She was charming in a smart casual outfit with her shoulder-length tousled dark hairstyle with layers.
Jennifer Connelly attended the 8th Annual SAG Awards in Los Angels, CA on March 10, 2002. She was seen in a black dress with her shoulder-length layered dark hairstyle with a slight tousle.
The actress’s dark-colored, wavy hair is styled into a ponytail with tendrils during the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
What is an oval face shape?
The best way to describe it is with an illustration.
Many hairstyles work with an oval face shape because there’s no serious exaggeration one must attempt to minimize. The downside with this is it’s harder to choose the best style or cut for you..
After all, there’s more to the right cut for you than just face shape.
Also, one must be careful when trying to figure out their face type. A long oval face could be oblong which works best with yet other hairstyles. One could also misinterpret an oval face with a rectangular face.
Rules of thumb
A good rule of thumb to follow with oval, rectangular and oblong face shapes is to choose a cut or style that minimizes narrow facial features and instead gives the perception of a slightly wider head or face.
Cuts and styles that widen include:
- Waves and curls;
- Side sweeps; and/or
- Wavy bangs.
Ask your hairdresser
If at a total loss as to what type of cut to get, ask your hairdresser. You don’t necessarily have to follow their advice, but you might just get some great ideas that work perfectly for you.
Long or short?
Fortunately, all lengths can work well with this shape. The key is creating body and volume to offset any narrow facial features. This can be done with waves and curls for longer hair and layers, side sweeps and texture with shorter hair.