Bella Hadid shows off a new hairstyle and a oversized Moschino shirt inspired by a Marlboro cigarette pack when arriving to Kate Upton's birthday party in New York

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Long bangs have long been considered cool and sexy, but shorter bangs are more controversial. Bangs that hit above the brow open up the face, creating a more youthful appearance, which can be flatter but also sometimes reads as less sophisticated. However, I think short fringe is underrated; bad bangs are usually the result of poor execution. As Bella proves, short bangs can be just as appealing as long ones, they just have a different set of rules. Click the style notes to learn more about getting above the brows that are just as cute as Hadid’s. –– Laura Martin 

Keep it soft… the edge, that is. Short bangs work better with a diffused line than bluntness. Piecey fringe also feels lighter so you won’t overheat summer weather.

Don’t be square… short bangs look their best when the line is angled or rounded. Bella’s bangs, which are slightly longer toward the corners provide a perfect example.

Light feels right… Even with a soft edge, you may need additional texturizing or layering to give you bangs the pricey weightless feeling Bella’s have. Your fringe should move easily, and separate naturally so that it looks good even when you’re sweating.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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