Your definitive guide to flattering a square face shape

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A square face shape can be enhanced or disguised by the right hairstyle. Find one that's perfect for you with our favourite a-listers...

Olivia Wilde, Rachel McAdams and Lea Michele – If you have a square face shape, you are most certainly in good company.

These A-listers know how to flatter angular bone structure and soften their features with cleverly chosen ‘dos. But before you start to panic that these looks will be very tricky to replicate at home, there are plenty of hairstyles for square faces that are easy to achieve.

Long, loose waves hide a wide jaw, as demonstrated by Keira Knightley; or a soft, side-swept fringe, as seen on Emma Stone, will draw attention away from your jawline and towards your eyes.

Plus, as petite Reece Witherspoon regularly demonstrates when she steps out the red carpet at a film premiere or star-studded awards ceremony, a sophisticated side-swept fringe makes updos a cinch for anyone with this face shape.

But we don’t think you should always be trying to disguise your natural features – wear your strong bone structure proudly with an off-the-face hairstyle, like Angelina Jolie. And while Jessica Biel’s glossy and gorgeous blow dry is going to work on most face shapes, the long hidden layers and blunt ends are perfect for a square face shape.

Worried you won’t be able to pull off a poker-straight style?

Poker straight hair is one of the most unforgiving on square face shapes. But if you haven’t got time to create waves in the morning, make like Gwyneth Paltrow and tuck one side behind your ear to down-play your natural shape.

Alternatively, wear your hairstyle parted in the middle, à la Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock and Salma Hayek to balance the shape more evenly.

Whatever your hair preference, make sure you check out these stunning A-list hairstyles for square faces before you next head to the salon. You won’t regret it, promise.

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