The perfect fringe for you

Fringes seems to be doing its rounds this year, from celebrities to myself trying different looks.

Adding a fringe is a fantastic way to update your image and bring a fresh perspective to your style without making too drastic a change.

A well-cut fringe will draw attention to pretty eyes, cover up an uneven hairline and can even make you look younger.  But not all fringe cuts/types suits all face shapes or hair types.  The wrong choice of cut is likely to draw attention to prominent features (you know, those features you actually want to hide).

The key to a fab fringe is to take your face shape and hair type into consideration and work with them to create a great look that’s easy to maintain.  A good hair stylist will be able to advise you on this and help you avoid bad hair days for months, until it’s grown out again.

Here’s some of the more popular fringe cuts

Cleopatra:

Kim Kardashian Rings in the 2012 New Year at TAOSleek and Bold.  Straight, thick and severe, this fringe is cut to, or just above the eyebrows.  It’s a fantastic way to hide a large forehead or draw attention to beautiful eyes. The look is bold and retro and works best when it’s groomed to a sleek and shiny finish.  Avoid this particular fringe if you don’t have time to style your hair in the morning.  This fringe is especially suitable for oval, heart or long face shapes and straight, medium or thick hair.

Peekaboo:

Jennifer-aniston-bang-hairstyleGlamorous.  This is the longest type of fringe and half-covers or completely falls over one eye.  It is glamorous and feminine and works best in an undulating wave.  It helps to soften angular features but is best kept for special occasions as it is not always practical.  Luckily a long fringe can easily be swept back into a ponytail or behind the ear for everyday wear. This particular fringe suits all face shapes and works best with thick and medium wavy hair.

Textured:

short_layered_hairstyleJagged but soft.  Cut to different lengths to give lots of texture and a casual, slightly messy look, this stylish fringe can be soft or slightly more jagged and severe looking.  It draws attention to the upper half of your face, and helps to balance a heavy jaw or chin.  This particular style works best with layered cuts, while highlights or lowlights help to bring out the texture.  Suitable for square, long and oval face shapes and wavy, curly, medium or thick hair.

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The perfect all-rounder.  This fringe is soft, feminine and usually fairly long blending into your hair.  The feathered fringe works best with layers around the face, as the fringe gently ‘flows’ into the layers.  It is very popular because it is a great all-rounder and suits all face shapes and hair types, as long as the hair around the face is layered.

Micro:

Short and daring.  Just like the micro mini skirt, this super-short fringe will definitely raise apl-021-kid-awds-720x1024eyebrows.  It usually falls just below the hairline, or somewhere on the upper half of your forehead.  The micro fringe can be cut square (almost like the cleopatra) to suit rounder face shapes, or curved to suit square faces.  It showcases your face and works perfectly with elfin styles or longer layers.  Round, square, heart and oval shapes with medium to fine straight hair types can try this.

Grown-out

jessica-alba-bangsBoho Chic.  This type of fringe is cut to give the impression of a shorter fringe that has grown out.  Long enough to reach the eyebrows or even lashes, it focuses attention on your eyes, making this look laid back and stylish.  Because of its length, it is very versatile. You can pin it back, or part thereof, sweep it all to one side or part it in the middle.  This style can be worn by round, oval and square face shapes and suited for all hair types.

( Info: Essential Guide to Beauty 17, Images: Google Images)

Highlighting & Contouring

Highlighting & Contouring according to your face shape.

Just a quick recap on highlighting and contouring as per my previous blog post.  Highlighting and contouring basically means bringing forward sunken areas or areas you want to stand out using a lighter colour than your natural skin tone (highlighting) and pushing back features you want to make appear smaller/further away using a darker colour than your skin tone (contouring).  For instance bags under your eyes:  contour the actual baggy/saggy part of the skin with a darker colour to push it back, while highlighting the sunken/dipped skin to bring it forward using a lighter colour.  You can use cream or powders to contour or highlight. Creams are easier to blend and tend to look more natural. Avoid using bronzer to contour. You are creating a “shadow” so think of a colour that’s similar to an actual shadow, which tends to be a cooler tone. Use Bronzer to warm up your skin and make it look sun-kissed!

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ANATOMY OF THE SKIN

ANATOMY OF THE SKIN

Oval Face Shape

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Diamond Face Shape

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Square Face Shape

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Oblong Face Shape

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Round Face Shape

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Heart Shaped Face

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(Face shapes from Robert Jones, Looking Younger)

Corrective contouring make-up to ‘fix’ flaws
Through contouring & highlighting ‘facial flaws’ can be minimised or hidden.
  • Thick neck: shade the sides of the neck.  This will make the neck appear thinner.  Highlight the middle of the neck with a vertical line.  This will bring the “verticalness” forward and make the neck appear thinner.
  • Long Neck: shade the middle of the neck.
  • Saggy skin around the jawline/double chin: shade the extra/excess skin around and under the jaw. This will push it back and make it less noticeable.  A highlighter can be put on the jaw bone to bring it forward.
  • Pointy chin:  shade the pointiness and highlight the area where the thin is ‘supposed’ to start.
  • Large forehead & high hair line: shade along the hairline, and fade it out towards the brow.
  • Wide forehead: shade the temple sides where it’s too wide.
  • Narrow forehead: highlight the temple edges to bring out and appear more oval.
  • Sunken in/too high cheekbones: only highlight where the face looks sunken in.  No shading underneath the check bone.  This will push the ‘sunkenness’ back even further.
  • Short nose:  highlight on top, especially the tip of the nose.
  • Long nose:  shade the tip of the nose to appear shorter.
  • Nose with bump:  shade the bump.
  • Skew nose: shade the area that stands out (the skew part).  Highlight a straight line down the middle of the nose.  It is important not to follow the skew curve of the nose with the highlighter, as this will bring it forward and accentuate the ‘skewness’.
  • Fat nose:  Shade the sides, highlight the top of the nose.