We’ve all heard about make-up contouring…
Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie thrust the art of make-up application to highlight their bone structure into the limelight in 2015 and made us mere mortals follow their every make-up brush sweep in the hope of getting the perfect cheekbone, slimming a wide nose or perfecting our pouts.
While make-up contouring is not new news, hair contouring is fast becoming a mainstay on the hair and beauty scene and has exactly the same principal at hand… carefully placed highlights and lowlights can help define and change your face shape and therefore your overall look.
Let me explain in more detail…
Colour contouring can be beneficial for everyone and a plus point being you don’t have to drastically change your existing colour to make it work for you. First of all you just analyse your face shape, be it Square, Heart, Round, Oblong or Oval and follow these simple salon contouring tricks, as applied by myself or one of my fully qualified team at Bliss to get it just right.
Colour contouring is a colouring technique specifically used to accentuate or soften facial features. Much like the make -up technique, hair colour contouring uses darker tones to add depth to areas that you want to appear softer or more drawn in, and lighter shades to enhance other areas or make them appear brighter.
Square faces tend to have wider facial features so multi-tonal layers of both light and dark shades are applied to the corners of the face, mainly around the temples to add more depth creating a more rounded effect.
Heart face shapes are more like an inverted triangle and point slightly at the chin. To create a more softened and less angular look the roots need to be darker and the mid lengths and ends lighter. This drastically softens the lower half of the face.
Round faces have strong bone structure so light tones are applied from hairline from ear to ear elongating the face while darker shades are placed underneath giving the face shape more of a point and with that definition.
Oblong shaped faces are slimmed down with deeper tones applied to the parting or roots and jawline and lighter tones applied to the lengths.
This is the most common face shape and easiest to do. The concept of colour contouring is designed to balance out a variety of face shapes to make them appear more oval. Lucky you ovals! Add depth with colour, either highlights or lowlights throughout to accentuate your oval shape.
An important thing to remember about colour contouring is that it doesn’t mean that your existing colour isn’t amazing.
Colour contouring means we can add a slight twist; personalising your colour or those foils to suit you even better.
The change can be as subtle or as dramatic as you want it to be!