What is colour contouring?

We’ve only just become accustomed to the make-up craze that took over Youtube and social media by storm. Beauty vloggers has risen in popularity by broadcasting step-by-step guides to teach you how to achieve a smooth and glowing complexion using contouring techniques, using light and dark pigments cleverly applied to flatter your features.

Much like the makeup technique, hair colour contouring uses darker tones to add depth to areas that you want to appear softer or more drawn in, and lighter shades to enhance other areas or make them appear brighter.

The application technique is a combination of free hand and highlighting paired with the careful positioning of different tones and depths around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas. Darker tones create shadows and are used to shorten or narrow the face shape, whilst lighter tones elongate and lengthen the face shape by reflecting light. This clever placement of colour and the careful selection of complimentary tones perform an optical illusion and make your face appear more defined and features more accentuated.

 Will colour contouring suit me?

Yes! Hair contouring is a bespoke colouring service we provide at La Medusa that is designed to suit your unique facial structure, features and skin tone. The colours are selected based on your skin tone and positioned based on your structure and features.

The shape of you face determines what colour and application we will use, below is a guide to determine what face shape you have


The length and width of your face is equal. Characteristics include a shorter forehead and chin and a rounded jawline.



The length, width and jawline are equal in length. Characteristics include wider facial features, sharper jawline and shorter forehead.



This face shape has similar characteristic to the oblong face being longer than it is wide but with a more defined angular jawline and a broader forehead.



The length of your face is approximately more than 1 ½ times longer than wide, with a broad forehead, cheekbones and jaw line. The shape will roughly resemble a rectangle with softer corners.



Your cheekbones are the wider than your forehead and jawline. You have a triangular/ heart shape face if… You have a wider forehead and a narrower pointed chin, similar to an inverted triangle.


The bespoke colour technique we recommend for you


Round / Square face

To elongate a round or square face, we will lighten the top of the hair and the ends using a free hand technique. Shadow and depth is created at the sides of the face use a darker shade. The lightness at the top of the head and shading around the sides will make the face shape appear slimmer and more contoured.

Diamond/Oblong/Rectangular face

To widen the facial features of these face shapes we will keep the roots and the underneath of the hair dark to create shadow at the top of the head and around the jawline. A single highlight around the face is used to frame it and lighter pieces are weaved in front of the ears with an ombre effect to make an elongated face shape appear more oval.

Heart/Triangular face

To soften the shape of the chin without widening the forehead we will apply a darker colour to the top of the head and crown areas and will apply lighter pieces freehand through the mid lengths and ends to lighten under the jawline. The section around the hairline is also lightened to highlight the face. Ombre & Sombré techniques are well suited to this face shape.


Book in for a colour consultation with our stylists today to discuss colour contouring. Call 01491 576116 or click the Book Now button.


Source: Loreal Professionel, Wella

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