Contouring is a bespoke and tailor-made service that is offered to all our guests at Andrew Smith!

Contouring works all ages and adopts a strobing effect to utterly flatter your favourite features.  Make-up contouring has been incredibly popular for many years and now hairdressers are now cleverly applying this most-wanted approach to hair!

Depending on your face-shape, we can use contouring to chisel areas that lack definition and highlighting to accentuate features you’d like to be the focus.

At Andrew Smith Salons in Hampshire, we use the same rules traditional of make-up contouring by applying dark colours to make an area look smaller whilst lighter shades will open up and widen space (think foreheads)!

Is hair contouring not just the same as balayage?

Balayage hair colouring is use for face-framing highlights and the ombré effect but Hair Contouring is basically taking balayage one step further by  strategically placing the color in certain spots to highlight and contour, rather than just being focused on painting on the color in an attempt to make the varied shades of lighter strands look like they appeared naturally from the sun.

How we tailor-make to work for your individual features

If you have an oblong shaped face consider yourself in the league of her highness SJP!

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Mission: Create the illusion that the face is wider

How it’s achieved: The blonde pieces right next to her forehead travel down to her chin area, drawing the eye to the sides, which emphasises the width whilst the tops and underneath sections of hair are dark, which serve as the shadow pieces that try to minimise the length of her face

If you have a heart-shaped face well you can compare yourself to the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria?


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Mission: To create a more ovular shape

How it’s achieved: To create a more ovular shape the lighter pieces are woven around the jawline and ears to soften the bottom half of the face.

If you have a round shaped face you’re in great company with Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone and Cameron Diaz.

Mission: To elongate the face

How it’s achieved: Round faces generally have strong bone structure, so light tones can be applied around the hairline, from ear to ear, while darker tones are painted underneath the ears and lower ends of the hair. The former brightens and elongates the face, while the latter gives the facial shape more of a point.

Top Tip: Try to avoid wearing the hair tucked behind the ears, wear your hair forward, loosely tong the ends and use the fingers to create a tousled, bedhead look.

If you have a square shaped face Angelina Jolie is the perfect match!

Mission: To soften lines and add more depth

How it’s achieved: Square-shaped faces have wider facial features, so multi-tonal layers of light and dark are applied to the corners of the face and around the jawline and temples.

If you have an oval shaped face then Jessica Alba is your benchmark!

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Mission: To accentuate the face with colour, texture and shine!

How it’s achieved: Consider the oval face a one-size-fits-all as it not only suits most styles and colors—it’s basically the perfect shape for hair

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