Primp Tip: How to Find the Perfect Part

Perfecting your part is an art that every woman must master at one point or another. Unfortunately, many times our natural parts may not be the best fit for our faces. Now you may be thinking “Why should I care about something as trivial as my part?!” Well ladies, believe it or not, finding the right part for your face shape can have a major impact on your overall look. The wrong part can exaggerate features you may not want to shine the spotlight on, while the right part can trick the eye into focusing on your best assets. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a guide to help you find your ideal part based on tips I’ve picked up over the years… First, which face shape fits you best?

Primp Tip: How to Find the Perfect Part

If your face is long or oval…

Side parts are ideal for ladies with longer, narrower faces. By donning an off-center part, you will create the illusion that your face is a tad wider than it actually is. To get the best part for your face, part your hair in line with the arch of the eyebrow on your “best side.” If you cannot figure out which side is your “best side,” look at yourself straight on in the mirror–if your nose goes slightly to one side (most of our noses do), then part your hair on the opposite side.

Primp Tip: How to Find the Perfect Part
If your face is round or square…

Opt for a center part. It will frame your face perfectly and will even it out by making it appear as though your face is slightly longer. Center parts also help define cheekbones and elongate features.

Primp Tip: How to Find the Perfect Part 

If your face is heart or triangle shaped…

A slightly off-center part is best for those of you with prominent foreheads or chins. By parting your hair just off from the centerline, you will create balance in your features. Again, if you’re unsure which side to set your part on, refer to my nose trick (mentioned above for long and oval faces).

I hope you find this post helpful! If you’ve already got your part on lock, then you’re one step ahead of the game. But here’s a trick that many of you might not know already: For a flawlessly natural looking part, be sure to create it while you have wet hair so your strands will dry in place. I think it’s safe to say that many of us have tried to change our part with dry tresses only to be disappointed by uneven volume. If you stick with this wet part trick, you’ll be good to go!

Do you have a hair care question for me? Leave it in the comments below.

Also, for those of you who are wondering what products I use on my hair, be sure to check out my hair care essentials post.

XO Lauren

Photos: Bridesetc.ca, Crunchyroll.com

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  • Deanne Castro

    Great tips! I never knew they had rules parting hair for face shapes!
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    xo,
    Deanne

  • Melissa

    Brilliant article, thanks Lauren!!

    I was wondering if you could do the same, but with hairstyles! I have a heart shaped face and I want to get my hair cut (but keep it long) and I just have no idea what style hair will suit me…

    <33

  • Melissa

    OH and also maybe do an article about bangs for different face shapes!! Thanks again lol <3

  • suzanne

    How interesting!
    I never realized that it was important to keep your face shape in mind when parting your hair.

    xoxo
    Suzanne

    http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Melissa Panici

    Lauren you are the best:) I have an oval face and I have always parted mine off to the side just like you said so I’m one step ahead there! I had no idea that parting your hair was so important. My hair questions have been answered in your Beauty book and I thank you for that. I have noticed my hair has been more healthy and soft after taking your advice. Thanks so much Lauren!

  • Dominique Goncalves

    I knew that certain partings worked for different faces but had no idea which one. Ill be sticking to my new parting from now on.

  • Mac

    Thank you for posting this Lauren!!! I have a square shaped face and I have a hard time trying to style it centered because it naturally falls a little to the side. I’ll definitely have to try parting it while it’s still wet!

  • chopsueybrandy

    That’s very interesting. I have an Oval face shape and I’ve been parting my hair to the side for years because I thought it looked better than a center part. Now I know why.

  • Helene Sula

    I love this!! I think this is a great idea, I never really know how I should part mine!
    Helene in Between

  • Amy Breckenridge

    i always do a side part! i think it’s the most flattering on me! :)
    xoamy
    http://www.cupcakesncouture.com/2012/11/happy-1st-birthday-cupcakes-couture.html

  • Stephanie A

    LOL turns out i have the wrong part! *shame*
    xx
    http://www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com

  • Rachel Trampel

    Thank you for sharing! :) The good news is apparently I’ve been doing the correct part unintentionally though haha! Always good to know!

    http://www.rachelslookbook.com

  • Kimberly

    This is very useful!! Thanks! XO

  • Meghan Conard

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve never thought about my part based on my face shape! Apparently I”m donning the correct part though :)
    Check out my new post http://mc2squared.blogspot.com
    xx-MC

  • Jandra

    I have an oval face shape and I’ve always used the side part. It’s the one that looks best!

  • Ryan Page Haas

    How do you determine which shape your face is? Ive never been able to figure that out!

  • Alise Akemenkalne

    Yes i have to agree this is a very useful post but i also would like to know, How do you make those beautiful curls you mostly have?
    I have tried almost everything but it doesn’t seem to look that good, thanks. :)

    http://aakmenkalne.blogspot.com/

  • Taanjaa

    What a brilliant post, so useful!

    http://www.tanjaslookbook.blogspot.com/

  • katharina_x

    i have a round face and always thought that a center doesn’t fit .. but thanks good to know :) xx

  • Paige Walker

    I have a round face, and center part would definitely be my last choice because it makes my face appear even wider!

  • Diamenrose

    Lauren thank you soo much for this post. I’ve been struggling with this hair issue for years. Whenever i would go to school i hope that ‘magic’ will happen and i will find my side part. Thank you :) I have one quesion:

    Is it safe to part your hair in line in the same side everyday? My mother said you should switch the area of parting your hair (for example i have an oval face so i have to part it sometimes left and sometimes right). What do you say? HOpefully yuo will see this question.

    If not thank again :)) Can’t wait for more post like this!

  • Elizabeth

    Dear Lauren & Team,

    Similar to this “”Prime Tip”” how do you determine the best hair color for your skin tone? I’ve tried many but I never know which one works best with my skin?

  • Ambi s

    This is SUCH a useful post and now it makes complete sense why a center part looks weird on me!

    I have lots of hair, make-up, fashion and lifestyle tips on my blog, Bombay Rose. Many posts are inspired by Lauren & this blog (I have a similar Friday Favourites post each week). Please have a look if you’re an LC fan, and like the FB page or follow me on Twitter for more updates (links available on blog –

    http://www.bombayrose.co.uk

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    So useful and informative. I kind of just wear my part wherever it ends up on a given day. Though this must be why I look better with a side part :)

    http://alittleglitzneverhurts.blogspot.com

  • Taylor Marie

    I have a pear face shape with a small forehead and large cheeks Ive been struggling finding a good hair style for awhile now please help me!

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I reallyyyy think what type of hair you have matters too! I have super curly hair and look really odd when I part it in the middle. Usually I just change the direction of it every couple months.

    http://thebuscas.com/2012/11/07/j-crew/

  • Hanny R

    What if you are oval and round at the same time? For me I find side part to work the best for me. I am trying to do center part but I also do see that i do my part when my hair is dry. I’m growing out my bangs and hoping to see if the center part might work for me again.

  • Kylie Miller

    I have a round face but it looks very weird parted in the middle. I like side parts and bangs on almost everyone!
    Check out my blog: http://thechicstreetblog.blogspot.com/

  • Rose

    Thank you for this post! It’s actually really useful in showing what the different types of face shapes look like. I’ve tried so many times to work out what my face shape is. All the articles I’ve looked at before aren’t very clear. But these pictures make it really obvious. And now I can rock the best part for my face shape too :) Thanks!

  • Claire Coppersmith

    I’ve tried to curl my hair like yours and I’ve even bought your style and beauty book, but I just can’t seem to get it right. If you have any other tips, they would be much appreciated!

  • Laura Jewison

    Hi Lauren I have widows peak and a colic in the front and back, any advice on working with either of these?

  • Yesenia Hernandez

    I’ve been parting my hair the right way, but thanks for the tips!

    http://yesi-fashionandbeauty.blogspot.com/

  • Emilie

    I find it hard to work out my face shape…. I think it is round so my hair already suits that per your recommendation

    xo Emilie @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • Cluny Grey

    This is great advice! However, how can you really determine what face shape you are? Sometimes I think I’m oval, oblong, and even round! Is there a foolproof way to know this?
    Cluny
    http://jewelrytrends.blogspot.com

    • yazzyangelique

      I took a fashion class in college so i know how to determine face shapes. An easy trick is to use when at home is a dry erase maker and go to a mirrow and try to out line ur face shape. Then compare it to diagrams of face shape to help determine which one are you.

  • Claire Randall

    I can’t figure out my face shape. I think I’m either oval or round. I recently had a side part that wasn’t cut well so I switched it to a slightly off centered middle part and I think it looks better. But then I always wonder if it’s just me who thinks it looks better but it actually looks terrible! I’ll have to trust my friends to say something if it’s bad.

    Thanks Lauren.
    xo

  • My Style Diary

    Thanks Lauren! This was very helpful :)

    http://mstyleblogspot.blogspot.com/

  • Nathalie Maxey

    Great tips! I love the side part with my oval face :)

    http://www.natinlove.com?cm=1

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  • Hark
  • squish

    Hi Lauren, i have quite a round/chubby face (especially in the cheeks area). I have thin, slightly wavy long hair and would love to chop it off into a long/medium bob. What do you think or recommend for someone with a face shape like mine?

  • Allison

    I have a heart face! I wear my off-center part everyday!

    I usually wear them with my favorite vintage button accessories :) So many compliments that I started selling them:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/119131373/vintage-button-leaf-bud-bobby-pins

  • Genesis Orozco

    I’ve tried so many ways to curl my hair, and I just can’t seem to get it right. I don’t know if it’s the products or if certain styles just don’t hold in my hair. Either way I would love you help! Much love Lauren.

  • Genesis Orozco

    I’ve tried so many ways to curl my hair, and I just can’t seem to get it right. I don’t know if it’s the products or if certain styles just don’t hold in my hair. Either way I would love you help!
    Much love❤

  • Brittany M

    Hi Genesis! I saw your comment and thought I’d reply., hope you don’t mind. =) I have very fine hair and could never get it to hold a curl until I started curling it with a flat iron, now they will hold almost all day. Have you ever tried it with a flat iron? If not, this is a pretty good tutorial I found on YouTube. Hope this helps! =)
    http://youtu.be/9rvwQelL-dA

  • Brittany M

    Hi Genesis! I saw your comment and thought I’d reply., hope you don’t mind. =) I have very fine hair and could never get it to hold a curl until I started curling it with a flat iron, now they will hold almost all day. Have you ever tried it with a flat iron? If not, this is a pretty good tutorial I found on YouTube. Hope this helps! =)
    http://youtu.be/9rvwQelL-dA

  • Brittany M

    Hi Genesis! I saw your comment and thought I’d reply., hope you don’t mind. =) I have very fine hair and could never get it to hold a curl until I started curling it with a flat iron, now they will hold almost all day. Have you ever tried it with a flat iron? If not, this is a pretty good tutorial I found on YouTube. Hope this helps! =)
    http://youtu.be/9rvwQelL-dA

  • Brittany M

    Hi Genesis! I saw your comment and thought I’d reply., hope you don’t mind. =) I have very fine hair and could never get it to hold a curl until I started curling it with a flat iron, now they will hold almost all day. Have you ever tried it with a flat iron? If not, this is a pretty good tutorial I found on YouTube. Hope this helps! =)
    http://youtu.be/9rvwQelL-dA

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    I found this great product that I thought I would share! It is a parting comb to help you create the perfect hairstyle.

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  • Patricia Nowack

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      I thought this comment was spam but that actually does sound like a good idea.

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      You are spamming by posting it over and over again. Don’t do that its really annoying.

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  • Guest

    What about a diamond face shape? It is always the forgotten one :(

  • Lauren

    I have a round face. What haircut should I get to compliment my face shape best?

    • Emma DeVries

      Try an off set or side bang with a few face-framing layers, some “long layers” in the back with shoulder length or longer hair. Works for my round face!

  • Tanya

    I have a round face but the centre part just doesn’t suit me, I prefer the side part

  • Cindy

    I have a huge forehead so center wont work :( wish it did though..

  • Emma DeVries

    I agree with everything but the round face. Round faces look terrible with middle parts sorry! Middle works better with people who have more prominent cheek/chin/jaw lines (speaking from experience… round face here!)

    • heather

      agreed!!

    • LiveLifeYourWay

      Definitely agree with you, I don’t think it works well on round faces, but as my face has slightly elongated in recent years I’ve been able to rock the centre part but it’s def. not for everyone!

    • Kinga

      totally agree, I look terrible without my fringe!

    • Emily

      I was wondering why my face looked bad with a middle part when my face is round..

  • Amber Naomi
  • http://www.lushtoblush.com/ Megan

    I always just let mine fall wherever. I think I have an oval face shape and I part it in the middle. Hopefully it doesn’t look horrible! haha

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  • Nicole Smith

    I do the side part.

  • Jen

    What about people with widow’s peaks? lol. story of my life. I have a round face but can only side part!

  • Christina Goldsmith

    Very interesting – this is the first time I’ve seen a center part recommended for a square face shape. Usually it’s side part to soften the jaw line, and I think I agree with that. Sometimes I’ll do a center part if I wear waves for the 70’s feel, but other than that – off center it is. :)

    http://www.poshpair.com

    XO,
    Christina

  • Sharna Gregson

    What about cowlicks?! I can only part my hair on the very very far right because anything else just sits funny, even after blow-drying it in place.

  • Maria

    Hey, Lauren,

    Awesome advices about hair. I have a question:

    What about if your face is asymmetrical. Is there any tips about how to cut your hair in a way to focus on your best assets? My left eye is higher than my right one, so I leave my bangs covering my left eye, is this wrong or right? How should I “hide” this asymmetrical sides and what should I do to show my best assets?

    Thank you!

  • Lindsay

    What is the best cure for a dry scalp?

  • Emma Felib

    I would hope that by adulthood everyone would have found their “perfect part.” such a necissity!

  • Samantha

    I am SUPER PALE. plus I’m short. I’m 5’0 and 93 lbs which sounds small, but I’m actually thicker in my hips and thighs. Everytime I shave my legs I get razor bumps super fast especially where I have a tad bit of cellulite. What’s your beat tips and tricks for making cellulite less noticeable? I hear there are ways like drinking more water and such. Also, more tips for super sensitive skin shaving?

  • Jessica

    i don’t fully understand the nose trick. So if my nose goes slightly on my right side, does it mean i should i part my hair on my left side?

  • Ally

    I have a heart shaped face…but sadly, i have a huge forehead…so maybe an off centre may not be able to help conceal my forehead. And suggestion? I just wanna impress my boyfriend

  • Laura

    What about an oval face with a widows peak?

  • Rosa Digby

    I’m really stuck on the type of haircut to get to flatter my self the most. I think a middle parting would be best with outgrown bangs but I can never manage to keep my hair not flat when in a middle parting nor to keep it out of my face

  • Gra Piken

    I have an oval shaped face and plan to get my hair cut in a chin length bob style. I want to know if I get my bob hair cut with a centre parting, will I still be able to change my partings to left and right later on, or does the cut dictate the parting? If any hairdressers know, I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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