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March 2016

    Hair contouring: The individually-tailored beauty trend

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    First there was face contouring, made famous by the one and only Kim Kardashian, where darker and lighter shades of make up are applied to create shape and accent specific facial features. Then hair contouring followed and hair stylists never looked back.

    The secret to hair contouring is  identifying face shape. A professional hair stylist will do this for you during a consultation, as well as discussing what features you wish to accentuate. But here’s our guide to the different shapes if you’re looking in the mirror at home:

    Round face: The length and width of your face are about the same. Usually characterised by a shorter forehead and chin with a rounded jawline.

    Emma Stone and Cameron Diaz have classic round face shapes

    Square face: The length, width and jawline are just about equal in size. Characteristics are similar to those of the round face, with a sharper jawline.

    Angelina Jolie and Keira Knightley both have square face shapes

    Rectangular face: This face shape is longer than it is wide but with a more defined angular jawline and a broader forehead.

    Kristen Stewart has a classic rectangular face shape

    Oblong face: Your face is noticeably longer than wide, with a broad forehead, cheekbones and jaw line. The shape will roughly resemble a rectangle with softer corners.

    Cara Delevigne has a classic oblong face shape

     Heart shape: The face is defined by a wider forehead and a narrow pointed chin, similar in shape to an inverted triangle.

    Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon both have heart shaped faces

     Oval shape: Your face will resemble an egg shape. This is often considered the hourglass of face-shapes and is desirable due to its versatility.

     Beyoncé is well-known for her oval face shape

     Once you know your face shape, the detailed placement of colour and choice of complementary tones can work together to instantly make your face seem more defined and your favourite features emphasised. For example, for a round face it is common to strobe with light colour at the front and add darker colour to the back to soften the features.

    Contouring is fairly low maintenance and regrowth is much more manageable than block colour.

    All the stylists and colourists at Sinéad Kelly London are trained in hair contouring and know all the secrets to creating the perfect, personalised look. Ask them to show you in your next appointment: bit.ly/SKLcontact

    Sinéad Kelly partners with Garnier to provide free colour consultations

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    Referred to as the ‘Gok Wan of hair’, celebrity hairdresser Sinéad Kelly is the crème de la crème of the hairdressing industry. She is an international award-winning stylist, a L’Oreal Colour Trophy London regional winner as well as the hairdresser behind a myriad of celebrities.

    Sinéad, who is Holly Willoughby’s hair colourist, will be offering free one-to-one colour consultations at selected Boots stores in partnership with Garnier Nutrisse Créme.

    Ask Sinéad about what colour she recommends for you, raise any questions about your hair type and find out tips to maintain your colour long term.

    Both consultations will take place between 12-3pm at:

    1. Boots Sedley Place (Nearest tube Bond Street or Oxford Circus) on Tuesday, 29 March and
    2. Boots Westfield (White City) on Friday 8 April. S

    See you there.

     

    March 22, 2016

    Spring trends in hair and beauty

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    Pack away your scarf and gloves, it’s time to make the long-awaited transition into spring.

    Spring is often about new beginnings and fresh trends and it’s no different in the world of hair and beauty. But it’s not all curls and flower garlands.

    Here are some of our favourite spring trends to kick start the season.


    1. Hair accessories

    Tiaras have been appearing all over the catwalk. And although they add instant sparkle and glamour to your look, wearing a crown to work may be a little over the top. Ornate headbands or pretty barrette clips are a casual, office-friendly alternative to stay on trend.

    For those of you feeling a little more ambitious, gold thread woven into a soft up do creates a romantic, feminine look and is inspired by Alberta Ferretti during New York Fashion Week.

    1. High pony

    Super-smooth sleek hair is back with a vengeance in the form of the high ponytail. Also known as the facelift ponytail, both Balmain and Chanel showcased this look on the 2016 catwalk. Minimal make up and a deep red lipstick make for a fashion-forward spring look, while perfectly straight glossy locks divert from the soft-waves often seen in springtime. This style adds height and should be worn with confidence.

    3. Denim Hair

    This is a real thing and girls with longer locks are getting involved en masse this season. With a ranging scale of blues, usually from lighter in the root to darker at the tips, this hair colour trend is intended to match everyone’s favourite jean material. Watch out for it.

    1. Au Naturale

    Barely-there make up is here to stay and is a look worth embracing now the weather is (hopefully) getting warmer. Use a concealer to disguise any blemishes and dark under-eye areas, followed by a tinted moisturiser to even out your complexion. Choose a warm, cream blush for a subtle flush and use a muted, brownish tint to enhance the eyes’ natural contours. Finally, a tinted lip balm will give your lips a dewy, supple effect. Combine with natural waves or braids to complete the natural look while staying on trend

    5. Striking Blue

    Directly contradicting the natural make up trend, blue eye shadow is very much en vogue. Memories of unsuccessfully experimenting with mum’s make up in the 90s should not put you off. A splash of colour is guaranteed to instantly update your look. Keep the rest of your make up subtle and muted for a truly modern effect.