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FACIAL SHAPES AND HAIRSTYLES TO MATCH

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Facial Types:

OVAL Shape Face

An oval face is considered the perfect shape. A fringe for instance, will bring out your eyes. Hair swept off the face will balance your nose when seen in profile. If your hair is straight or curly, go with a style that works with that rather than trying to alter what you have. It will be easier to style on a daily basis. Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like.

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SQUARE Shape Face

For the square face....if you have longer hair and a square face, let it fall past the shoulders and allow some soft layers or a grown out fringe to fall around the temples. Even when pulled back, leave wisps around the face as will help to soften your look and make your face look more oval.

If your hair is shorter, elongate the face by going for height at the crown and keep a soft roundness in the silhouette.

Cut above or below the jawline just not on it. Always insist on layers, not single-length styles or center partings. These will always draw attention to a square face rather than softening it.

Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like

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ROUND Shape Face

With a round face the idea is to slim it down at the sides by changing the cut.

You can do this by keeping the sides close to your face and going for height on the top which will lengthen the appearance of the face at the same time. Hair brought forwards onto the face in soft wisps is flattering with shorter styles. Try your hair cut above the chin with shorter layers at the front.

Avoid full fringes, as they will make the face look smaller and rounder. Don't forget to take natural texture and your facial features into account.

Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like

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HEART Shaped Face

It's all about achieving width around the chin to change the appearance of a heart shaped face to an oval shape.

Try your hair at around shoulder length and go for fullness from the chin down. Soft waves and layers work well to achieve this.

Side partings with hair drawn across on a slant work well to draw attention away from the chin. Keep the rest of your own features very much in focus and draw attention to your best bits.

Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like.

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RECTANGLE/LONG Shaped Face

To get your face looking closer to the all-perfect oval, go for width by shortening the face with a fringe just touching the eyebrows.

Or try a side parting that sweeps across the face for an alternative to the full fringe.

Keep longer styles full and above the shoulders to avoid 'dragging' your face down.

With shorter shapes, go for the classic wedge and other full-fringed shapes that give width and volume. Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like.

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CORRECTING FLAWS WITH MAKE-UP TECHNIQUES

1. Cheek Bone
To accent those cheekbones, blend in three dots of liquid highlighter above the cheekbones. Dust a little brown contour powder below the cheekbones and then fill in with your favorite shade of blush.

2. Thin Face
Highlighters can do wonders for your face! It can make a thin face look wider, your cheekbones more prominent and your eyes look larger. Choose one that is two shades lighter than your skin tone and never choose white.


A foundation that is lighter than the one you usually use can double as a highlighter but remember to apply sparingly and double check your application.

3. Jowls
Hold your head up. Jowls are most noticeable when you tilt your head down. And, pay attention to your makeup. Pretty lips and sculpted cheekbones will pull the attention up!

4. Correcting a Round Face
The only thing that is going to make a noticeable difference is a hair style. You can try using make-up but you need to know exactly what you are doing or you will look as if you have applied smudges of color to your face and that is what people will see.

5. Dark Shadows Under Eyes
To cover dark shadows under the eyes, use an under eye concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation. It should not be so light however that you appear to have white circles under your eyes. Apply it very gently with a brush until the darkness disappears. Make sure that the concealer is not overly oily or it will settle into any fine lines in the area.

6. Minimizing a Large Nose
Shading the nose if done correctly, can make a wide nose look more narrow. You can also pay special attention to the cheekbones. Emphasize them to draw attention away from the nose. Same thing goes for the eyes. Adding height to a hairstyle will also take the attention away from the nose.

7. Double Chin
Have you tried everything to get rid of that double chin? Try a little contouring. All you have to do is apply a dark shadow under the center of the chin and blend toward the throat. Remember to blend well. It won't take the double chin away but it will make it less noticeable.

8. Contouring
Contouring can create some beautiful planes in your face but save it for evening. By day, it can simply make you look too made up. The problem is that the blending isn't thorough enough and your efforts are too noticeable. Keep in mind that less is more... always!
Contour powder should be a neutral color with no red or yellow overtones. Ideally, it should be a few shades darker than your foundation. Actually, using a darker foundation is a good idea as it can be blended far more easily than powder. Blending is very, very important. Practice, practice, practice. This is the only way you are going to become skilled at this application.

9. Under Eye Flaking
The cause of this problem is dehydrated skin. Increase your water intake and apply eye creams day and night.

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