Ladies, only recently we were going gung ho over the face contouring trend and guess what? The trend is already passé! The new thing making waves on the beauty block is hair contouring. And like always, we’re telling you everything you need to know about the same...
Decoding hair contouring
 

Decoding hair contouring

Hair contouring is all about strategically choosing highlights and putting them to best use by placing them around the face in such a way that they enhance certain features and draw attention from others, exactly how makeup is used. This trend therefore is basically a technique in which you use hair colour to define your facial features.

Cracking the contouring code

A freehand highlighting technique where darker shades are used to create a shadow effect and mellow down features while the lighter shades are used to accentuate features, this technique needs an expert hand. Make sure you discuss this with your stylist before you start contouring. And just so you can make the most of this trend, here are a few tips to be mindful of before taking the plunge.

In accordance with your face shape
 

In accordance with your face shape

Each face is unique and is gifted with unique features, skin tones et al, which is why hair contouring techniques need to differ according to your face shape.

Round Face
 

Round Face

To diminish the rounded look of your face, use lighter highlights along the top half of your hairline i.e. the sides of your forehead and your temples, to narrow down this otherwise wide area. For the area below your cheekbones, you can use richer shades to make this region appear more pointed and lengthened.

Oblong Face
 

Oblong Face

Oblong faces can use a little illusion of width which is why a standard light shade can be used starting from the forehead to chin down. This helps bring width to the face. Also, the lower ends can be kept darker to further minimize the length of your face.

Oval Face
 

Oval Face

Those blessed with oval faces are blessed with the ideal face length and widths. So if you are one of those, then all you need to focus on is the kind of shade that suits your skin tone and features, just to add that dimension to your face.

Square Shape
 

Square Shape

Square faces are those wide face cuts that can use a little softening on the sides so it is best to use either/or light and dark shades of highlights around the corners of your temples and jawline to add a multi-toned effect that gives a softened look.

Heart Shape
 

Heart Shape

If your face is wide at the top and narrow towards the chin then you can use lighter highlights, starting from the ears to chin down and further below. This will help soften your cheekbones and create a balanced effect.