If you have a healthy obsession with all things beauty like we do, you’ve probably noticed that bangs are big this year. From Cholë Grace Moretz’s shaggy fringe to Gigi Hadid’s fake bangs, the It Girls know how to pull focus with face-framing fringe.
And if you’re toying with the idea of bangs yourself, first consider how the cut will alter your face shape–long blunt bangs shorten the face, while side skimming fringe has an elongating effect. Additionally, bangs draw the eye to the areas of the face where the hair hits. Short bangs highlight the brows while long fringe pulls focus to the eyes or center of the face.
Once you make the cut, do your look up right with the following makeup tricks and tips.
Just Below the Brow
This length has a flirty appeal since you’re always peering through your fringe. The focus hits the center of the eye and below. Meaning, you don’t have to be a slave to your brows, but try not to let dark circles or smudged makeup draw attention to the under-eye area.
+ Eye-skimming bangs cast a veil over your eyelid, giving you a great excuse to experiment with a bold color or style. Sweep a bright eyeliner over the upper lash line with your fine liner brush or run a colorful eye pencil over the lower water line to add a little spark to your eyes.
+ If your bangs obscure the outside of your temple and cheekbone, add blush to the apples of the cheeks with your contour brush to add dimension and brightness.
+ Long full bangs obscure a great deal of the top half and sides of your face. This pulls focus to your lips, so use your prep + color lip set to create a lovely bold lip of your choice.
Short and Sweet
If your bangs hit an inch or so above your eyes, your look can range from quirky to sweet to downright edgy! With the focus on your forehead and eyebrows, even skin and well-groomed brows are a must.
+ Short bangs accentuate the forehead, so use a smaller brush, like the contour brush, to blend in contour product around the borders of the forehead to shorten its appearance.
+ Well-groomed brows are a must for short fringe, so pick up our new brow set and you’ll have all the tools you need to maintain flawless brows.
+ Your eye makeup will be on unobscured view so when you’re applying your cut crease or smokey eye, use your best brushes. Then, blend for a flawless application. (Tip: Check out our new enhanced eye set for a versatile combination of eye brushes).
+ To elongate your face, pull attention downward with a semi-matte lip color a shade or two darker than your natural lip color.
Side Swept Bangs
Whether you cut them short and chic or long and glamorous, angled bangs lengthen the face and emphasize your cheekbones.
+ Enhance the peak and tail of your brow to balance the exposed side of your face.
+ Play up your cheekbone with a sculpted cheek or ethereal highlight.
+ A long angled bang will bring attention to your pout, so keep your lips perfect on the go with your retractable lip brush.