WTF Is Hair Contouring + How It Can Change Your Face
Contouring has changed the way we think about makeup (as in, “Hello I’ve got cheekbones now!”), so it’s only natural that we’re ready to move to another level — hair color contouring. “Hair contouring is basically how you sculpt in the highlights and lowlights. By placing them strategically around the hairline, it can give the illusion that you’ve changed up your look,” says Sharon Dorram, celebrity hair colorist at Sharon Doram Color at Sally Hershberger in NYC. In other words, it’s totally doable to make a thin face look fuller, elongate a round face or soften harsh edges. While makeup can do the same, this technique isn’t going to wash out with the next shampoo, so #wokeuplikethis can be your truth. But before you reach for that at-home highlighting kit, you should consult with a pro (at least the first time around). Here are the tricks of the trade, straight from the sources:
LENGTHEN A ROUND SHAPE
Circular face shapes have even widths and lengths, so contouring can lengthen your face and create a more-pronounced jawline. Start with highlights at the top like Kirsten Dunst and extend all along the hairline to the ends. “That lightness all around the face goes down to the neck, giving the appearance of a taller-looking face,” says Ed Blum, colorist and co-owner of the Makeovers Salon in Easton, MA. (Photo via Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
FILL OUT AN OBLONG SHAPE
The long, thin look of an oblong shape is often dramatic. To add a bit of fullness to your face, which can soften the dramatic look, go light at the edge of the hairline. “Dark hair closes the face in and makes the thinness more pronounced. Keep the darker lowlights underneath, but paint in the brighter highlights going down along the face,” says Dorram. Painting allows more control over placement than foil and lets you go all the way through to the ends, which will help plump up a slim jaw, she adds. Just check out SJP’s look. (Photo via D Dipasupil/Getty)
NARROW A SQUARE SHAPE
If you consider yourself a square, your jawline is equally as wide as your forehead, like Sandra Bullock. “It’s best to put the darker shades closer to your cheek, to create a border and narrow it overall,” says Blum. Doing a combo of multi-tonal pieces along with that can soften the edges. “You don’t want it all light to the ear, which can make your face look even wider,” he adds. (Photo via Theo Wargo/NBC /Getty)
SOFTEN A HEART SHAPE
The pointier jawline gets all the attention on a heart-shaped face. To create more of an oval look, like Reese Witherspoon is doing, concentrate on making pieces very light (lighter than your skin tone) along the bottom half of your face to soften your jawline. “The lighter tones, especially towards the bottom part of the face, can trick the eye into seeing more rounded lines,” says Blum. (Photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)