Contour Obsessed — Part 1: Contouring Overview

If you've been following trends in makeup for the past few years, you have most likely noticed the contouring trend. It seems like everyone is contour obsessed. In previous years, makeup contouring was a trick for the pros, used only on runways and in photoshoots to enhance the model's look. But thanks to social media and easily accessible tutorial videos, everyone can now contour like the pros. Kim Kardashian, known for her flawless contoured makeup, has brought new buzz to the trend. Powders, foundations and two-tone makeup kits have become best sellers to boost cleavage, sharpen cheekbones, or sculpt a shapely face.

Contouring provides subtle definition and dimension, enhancing the best aspects of the face. It's not a one-size-fits-all makeup technique and must be tailored specifically to each person. In makeup, the trend has been exploding for several seasons, and now it's time for contouring to make its way to hair.

Contouring enhances the shape of the face, playing with shading and highlighting to exaggerate or soften features. In hair, the guidelines are the same as makeup: dark shades create shadows and give a visual effect of less volume, while light tones add highlights and make the hair (or face) look more voluminous. When done correctly, it can help enhance your natural face shape and create an overall visual balance to your look. For a balanced, natural result, the professionally created color must blend perfectly into your hair and be suited to your skin tone.

In Hollywood, celebrities are already wearing contoured haircolor. Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba are making this "made in the UK" fashion a trend in the United States. Not sure what your natural face shape is? Wondering if contouring could work for you? Talk to a professional colorist and ask how they would adjust your haircolor to maximize your natural beauty and contour your face shape.

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