It's been a good decade since Kim Kardashian revealed her makeup trick for defined cheeks and a narrow nose. From then on, contouring has changed, instead of thickly applied bars, the interplay between highlighter and bronzer is much simpler. Nevertheless, the basic principles are still the same: the face can be optically modeled using subtly set points of light and shadow.
Naturalness has been the trend for years, which is why instead of made-up contouring, the light reflections are now set by highlights in the hair. The effect of so-called hair contouring: The precise placement of color creates the illusion of light and shadow, sun reflections illuminate the contours and the face can appear narrower or more prominent in a supernatural way.
Oval faces are flattered when the cheekbones are emphasized as a horizontal dimension. This is how the hairstyle works: It only sets highlights in the front area, the lower layers of the hair also remain in a natural tone. A natural transition succeeds if he first brushes the highlights into the lengths from the cheekbones in the ombré or illuminage style.
In order to make rounder face shapes look more distinctive, it is crucial that the strands are also set in the lower hair area. How so? The highlights flatter the neck area, which visually stretches the face and neck. Strands that start in the front of the hair, at the roots, and run down to the tips, are ideal.
For people with a pronounced jaw and cheek area, the focus of face contouring is on softening the contours. For this, many small strands, so-called babylights, are placed in the front of the hair. Strands that now frame the face blend a large part of the taut contours and make the features appear softer.
Heart-shaped faces are characterized by a prominent, high forehead and narrow chin. In this case, the highlights are placed below the cheekbones to widen the chin area. At the same time, this creates a counterpart to the more angular middle part of the face.