When it comes to beauty we know contouring when used to describe how to apply make-up. You use light and dark shades to create illusions on your face to define features such as cheekbones, jawlines and nose.
We can use this same idea towards how we color and style our hair. We can define facial features by placing highlights and lowlights in strategic places.
By using light and dark hues you can create shadows and depths to alter or emphasize specific areas of your face. Each persons hair contouring is individual and it might take some experimenting to determine the exact tone to achieve your face-shape altering goals, but here are some tips to get you started:
Round Face Shape
A round face shape generally wants to elongate their face shape and emphasize their bone structure. Light tones should be applied around the hairline from ear to ear and darker tones should be dyed at the lower ends of the hair. This will give the face shape more of a point and lengthen the face shape.
Oval Face Shape
Oval face shape is already considered the ideal face shape; this makes contouring easy because this face shape is generally considered to fit all colors. You can always add color to create depth, texture and shine.
Oblong Face Shape
When you have an oblong face shape you want to shorten its length and some times you need to create more roundness. Apply deeper tones to the roots and add minimal, small highlights from above the ear to the end of hair. This should create an angled, slimming look.
Square Face Shape
Square face shapes generally have wide features. You’ll want to add a lot of dimension through multi-layered highlights and lowlights around the corner of the face, especially near the jawline. This will soften your harder features.
Heart Face Shape
When you have a heart face shape, your forehead is much wider than your chin. In order to create more balance, you can add lighter pieces around the jawline to draw attention outwards.