Hair & makeup how-to: Balayage, colour melting and sombre

Hair & makeup how-to: Balayage, colour melting and sombre

A chaos of colour

Text: Adibah Isa

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After creative highlights of rose gold, pink and blond, what's next? Makeup artist Larry Yeo and Blow+Bar's technical director Jason Wong give us the lowdown


Jennifer Hawkins

Choosing a colour technique: "Clients need to understand that the colour techniques of undone, balayage and sombre are not full head colour application, and that colouring doesn't start from the roots. Blow+Bar's latest Sunkissed Colour Collection has four signature looks that feature different color techniques such as the Undone Color, the Balayage and the Babylights.  The techniques that we use are very inspired by freehand strokes for highlights instead of very neat and uniform highlights."  - Jason

Choosing a colour: "Blonde and pastel highlights look better on pink to brown skin tones, but it's also dependent on the main base colour. Yellow-toned skin looks worse with blonde highlights, but if there is a warmer hue on the main base colour in which the highlight is based upon, it might just work." - Larry 



Hair: "A colour shampoo is a must as it nourishes the hair, maintains the colour and makes it last longer. We recommend Kérastase Réflection Bain Chroma Captive. Blonde or blue shampoos are recommended if there are blonde highlights done, as these shampoos eliminate the brassiness in the colour, giving it a matte and ashier tone. We advise going to the salon for monthly treatments — our Kérastase Luxury Hair Ritual is our top choice for smoother and softer hair." - Jason

Brows: "Match the brow colour to one that's two to three shades lighter than the hair colour. In the case of softer facial structures which is further softened by the new hair colour, I will suggest using an auburn eyebrow pencil such as ZA Cosmetics Brow Liner in BR611, which has a reddish finish." - Larry

Lips: "Colours to choose are dependent on the skin type and tone, and teeth condition. If the skin has a lot of yellow-green tones, having blonde hair will affect how the face looks, and will make the skin more washed out. In this case, choose coral shades with a neutral tone, or a pink with an orange tone to brighten up the face — I recommend CLIO Tension Lips in 11 Honey Blossom for the latter. If you have difficulties in matching colours, use a mauve-based lipstick and pack on a brightly-coloured lip gloss to pump up the colour." - Larry

For more information on Blow+Bar's Sunkissed Collection, click here. For more information on Larry Yeo, click here.