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Sigourney Weaver has a longish face with a high forehead and a long straight nose which emphasizes the vertical line of her face. She has classic features and only seems to get more beautiful as she gets older, yet the length of her face requires some careful attention to the hairstyles she wears. Presenting an additional problem is her curly hair which must be considered in any hairstyle.
Ms. Weaver's hair is blunt cut and styled to make use of her natural wave pattern. The rich reddish brown color is lush and perfect to accentuate the dark romantic eyes. Because of her wavy locks, the blunt cut offers plenty of side volume to widen the face and the offset parting helps to disguise the height of her forehead.
In our illustration, we wanted to show what would happen if Ms. Weaver had long, straight layers. The resulting look is one that is not wholly unpleasant, but appears too elongated and makes her nose and forehead appear much too prominent. The straight lines in this case also tend to age her appearance which is never the desired effect.
Julianne Moore is an Oscar-nominated actress (one of only ten women to be nominated for best actress AND best supporting actress in different films in the same year) and has become one of the hotter names in Hollywood. She is also known as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Her atypical beauty makes her a change of pace from the usual cookie-cutter starlets, and her status as a great beauty is confirmed by her recent selection as spokesperson for Revlon Cosmetics.
Ms. Moore has an oval face, which is normally the ideal, but she also has very strong cheekbones, a wide mouth and a prominent chin that require consideration when looking at hairstyle choices. Her trademark red hair is always lovely, and has to be taken into account because the color will cause whatever haircut style she wears to appear that much bolder.
Ms. Moore's hair is cut into long layers and styled smooth with soft curves to frame her face and minimize her cheeks, mouth and chin. Her silky locks feature highlights and lowlights to add dimension to the warm red color. The soft layers are razor textured to give a maximum of movement, and the overall effect is soft and romantic.
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In our illustration we've given Ms. Moore a chin-length blunt cut and curled her normally straight hair. It's a classic look that is attractive, but as you can tell it adds too much width to Ms. Moore's already prominent features and makes her mouth and chin appear much larger than would be preferred. And, as mentioned earlier, the fiery red hair only makes the problem worse.