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30 Most Beautiful Ideas of Face-Framing Highlights

28. Blonde Mermaid Hair with Soft Face-Framing. Whether you’re a natural blonde or not, face-framing highlights in blonde just a shade or two lighter than your base color get you one step closer to mermaid hair.

Opting for face-framing highlights is never a bad idea when it comes to updating your hairstyle. Not only are they relatively low-maintenance and inexpensive, but they also come in so many shades and finishes that you will find something to flatter every face shape, skin tone, and hair color.

Not sure what face-framing highlights are? In short, they are sections of highlighted hair concentrated around your face so that they brighten your eyes and skin tone. These are a quick flattering tune-up any woman can try to go for a glow-up.

1. Brunette with Blonde Front Highlights. If you’re wondering what face-framing highlights will look best on brunette hair, you can’t go wrong with beige blonde. Go heavy around the face and subtle everywhere else.

2. Chunky and Punky Front Highlights. If your style is punk, you’ll love what chunky face-framing highlights can do. Try them in blonde on your black hair for a major transformation.

3. Beach Babe with Money Pieces. Be the ultimate beach babe with blonde chunky face-framing highlights this summer. Get the look by choosing highlights around your face two or three levels lighter than your base color.

4. Mushroom Brown Hair with Ashy Face-Framing Highlights. These cool-toned blonde ribbons around the face blend perfectly into the overall muted scheme yet create a bit of brightness for the dark color to pop and shimmer with brown and gray hues.

5. Long Strawberry Blonde Hairstyle with Face-Framing. Going strawberry blonde for the summer? You’ll want to add chunky face-framing highlights in blonde for that summer glow-up. Sprinkle also some highlights through the ends to blend the two colors.

6. Blonde Front Highlights on Black Hair. Face-framing highlights on dark hair can come in many colors, but we definitely like the contrast of blonde and black. The placement of these money pieces doesn’t start directly at the roots but just an inch or two lower to really bring focus to the eyes.

7. Chunky Caramel Front Highlights. These caramel blonde face-framing highlights look beautiful on the long brunette hair. If you’re a natural blonde, a lighter shade of blonde is guaranteed to look amazing.

8. Mesmerizing Balayage with Bright Front Highlights. Let your locks seamlessly transition from dark roots through ash brown lengths to champagne blonde ends while keeping a couple of front tresses on the brighter side.

9. Inverted Bob with Face-Framing Highlights. Are you a woman with a modern brunette bob haircut? The thin blonde face-framing highlights ensure the first thing anyone notices on you is your gorgeous eyes.

10. Blonde Highlighted Front Streaks in Very Dark Hair. Here’s another perfect example of blonde face-framing highlights on dark hair. These are most noticeable up front but they also highlight the hair’s wavy texture throughout the length.

11. Naturally Sun-Kissed Brown with Delicate Front Hair Streaks. Going just two or three levels lighter will get you to a totally natural-looking light brown with medium blonde highlights on the sides.

12. Brunette with Caramel Face-Framing Highlights. For brunette women, warm caramel front highlights bring a little light to the face. Style your look by leaving the top of the hair straight, curling the middle, and straightening the bottom.

13. Choppy Buttery Blonde Layers with a Zing. These front hair highlights beautifully illuminate the face and then spread its brightening magic towards intensely layered ends to enhance the play of blonde shades.

14. Dark Chocolate Bronde with Tiny Face-Framing Pieces. The next blonde before and after transformation clearly shows how the “less is more” rule works by turning the dull base color into a rich shade of dark chocolate filled with flickers.

15. Lived-In Medium Brown to Honey Blonde Transition. A masterfully done face-framing balayage works absolutely fine with bangs, making them melt into side tresses effortlessly while delivering the desired dimensional effect of hair contouring.

16. Super Long Golden Blonde Hair with Playful Streaks. Here, the streak-dyed front of the hair is handsomely complemented with bright strips running through the bottom to produce a fun pattern and emphasize the piece-y finish.

17. Dainty Smokey Highlights on Dark Hair. If you are looking for cool tones but without going too ashy, you should consider pairing an iced brunette hue with a toned-down sandy blonde like the balayage sported by this beauty.

18. Light Brown Waves with Blonde Highlights around the Face. Those who are not ready to dye their tresses a solid vanilla blonde can start their brunette-to-blonde journey by adding this warm and bright shade locally.

19. High-Contrast Money Piece Against Black Base. Well, this striking scheme offers an approach that is contrary to natural blending but the placement still allows for linking the money piece with the blonde on the ends.

20. Youthful Ash Blonde Front Highlights. The ash blonde face-framing highlights almost look gray but don’t cross the line on the beautiful long hair.

21. Chunky Face-Framing Highlights with Creamy Feel. Although these face-framing pieces are rather wide, they don’t look splashy even against the dark brown roots due to the right mix of hues.

22. Blonde Highlights Near the Face. Placing thick medium blonde highlights around the face on dark hair is another beautiful contrast that flatters any skin tone.

23. Caramel Blonde Face-Framing Highlights. Take a look at how stunning caramel face-framing highlights on black hair are! They look best with medium to dark skin tones.

24. Fine-Line Balayage with Two Blonde Front Streaks. Here is another stunning take on the contrasts: this time, it mixes and matches both colors and the streak widths.

25. Subtle Face-Framing for Mermaid Hair. This romantic hairstyle has just a tinge of sandy blonde to brighten up the face while keeping the general color palette soft and natural.

26. Caramel Streaks Around the Face on Brown Hair. Caramel face-framing highlights on brunette hair are a woman’s best friend. When in the sun, the color combo will shine beautifully.

27. Sleek Subtle Blonde Money Pieces. When you’re not looking for an in-your-face hairstyle upgrade, try soft blonde face-framing highlights on dark hair.

28. Blonde Mermaid Hair with Soft Face-Framing. Whether you’re a natural blonde or not, face-framing highlights in blonde just a shade or two lighter than your base color get you one step closer to mermaid hair.

29. High-Contrast Ash Blonde Front Highlights. To add some lightness to a brunette hairstyle, try ash blonde face-framing highlights. Those locks will look extra gorgeous when styled in waves.

30. Natural Blonde Face-Framing Highlights. If your hair needs brightening, definitely try chunky face-framing highlights in one of the natural blonde shades. You’ll instantly fall in love with your new hair color although the change is minor.

The best thing about face-framing highlights is that they’re suitable for anyone, easy to manage and inexpensive to maintain, and can be added to your current hairstyle in a multitude of ways. From thin and minimal to chunky and contrasting, face-framing highlights in the right shade will be a beautiful addition to your current hair color.

by Editors
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