Choosing a haircut and color that suits your face is essential, but just as important is finding highlights that complement your overall look. That said, many of us are clueless when it comes to the choosing the right product that will give us that salon-perfect balayage or ombré.
To help, we’ve rounded up the best drugstore highlights so you can enhance your new ‘do for less. Keep scrolling to shop FIRST‘s picks so you can show off your hair this summer.
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Balayage To Blond For Brown Hair Jennifer Aniston
Balayage enhances skin's radiance.
Delicate slices of unstructured highlights from roots to ends, like Jennifer Aniston's, create natural-looking movement that reflects light onto the face from every angle, which brightens skin and blurs wrinkles.
To do: Paint streaks of various sizes ranging from 1/2 inch to one inch onto hair around the face using the brush from a balayage kit, like Nutrisse Ultra Color Blondes Balayage Lightening Creme ($7.99, Target). Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.
Babylights For Dark Hair Natalie Morales
Babylights boost lock luster.
The striking pops of gold from Natalie Morales's thin, face-framing streaks are made to mimic where the sun naturally hits the hair and enhance its youthful shine.
To do: Use a clean mascara wand (it creates finer streaks) to apply color from a highlighting kit, like Revlon Frost & Glow Honey Highlighting Kit ($6.98, Walmart) onto 1/2-inch face-framing sections of hair from roots to ends. Let sit 30 minutes; rinse.
Ombre Blond Shaun Robinson
Ombré "thickens" hair.
The added dimension from hair that gets gradually lighter as it goes down like Shaun Robinson's creates the illusion of a fuller head of hair. Bonus: The brighter ends direct the eye vertically to help slim the face.
To do: Apply bleach from an ombré kit, like L'Oréal Paris Colorista Ombré Bleach ($8.69, Target), in one-inch sections, working from ends up (to prevent a harsh line of demarcation); stop three inches from roots. Check every 10 minutes until desired hue is reached; rinse.
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