Makeup Tips for Playing Up Bangs

May 07, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
person with bangs wearing hair in ponytail

Just as you would with a new hair color, you can totally switch up your makeup routine based on a haircut. If you recently cut bangs, you might be wondering how to play up your newly accentuated bone structure or emphasize your eyes under brow-grazing fringe. We asked Maybelline celebrity makeup artist Grace Lee how she pairs makeup with bangs — and now we’re sharing her tips with you.

Wear Less Foundation

“When you have bangs, you can wear less foundation or even no foundation on the forehead as bangs will cover it,” explains Lee. Not only will this keep your makeup and hair from mixing, it can potentially make you less prone to breakouts. If your bangs don’t cover your entire forehead, then simply limit the amount of product you put on your forehead, and opt for a product with a lighter formula — like the Maybelline New York Fit Me Tinted Moisturizer.

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Highlight and Contour

 “Highlighting and contouring your cheekbones is a great way to complement your bangs, so it can help sculpt your face,” says Lee. If you’re looking for a palette to help you get the job done, check out the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight & Contour Pro Face Palette. It has six shades to complement a wide variety of skin tones. 

Show Off Your Boldest Red Lipstick

“A bold red lip is a perfect pairing with bangs. It always looks so chic,” Lee says, adding that it can also help counter-balance your bangs to help you achieve the classic, celeb-approved look. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Long-Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stamina, a rich, blue-based red. 

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Accentuate Different Features Based on Bang Length

Depending on how long your bangs are, you should accentuate your features differently. If they cover the top of your eyes, Lee suggests playing up more under the eyes to balance out the look — try
amping up your mascara on your bottom lashes or smoking out your lower lash line. If they’re shorter, consider a fierce cat-eye paired with a subtle smoky eye to make your eyes pop.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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