Are you a colorist creating Illuminage for your client? Follow these top tips to get a flawless finish every time…
1. Use Illuminage Clear Sheets
Typically, balayage is achieved with open-air lightening, which results in a slightly softer lift. However, for Illuminage, you can use the clear sheets for separation, additional lightening and visible control.
2. Lighten the Perimeter
Getting a halo effect from Illuminage is all about brightening the perimeter of the face, so make sure you focus pre-lightener in this area. Feather lightness to the hairline to brighten and accentuate. You could also add in some graduated layers to really help contour your client's features.
3. Create Tension
In the hair, that is. When you're lightening sections around the hairline, elevate the hair slightly up and away from the face to create tension, which allows you to apply color more evenly. Then, sweep the color in fine motions for highlights that truly sparkle.
4. Keep the Crown Natural
For the softest finish, sweep BlondorPlex away from the crown, so the roots here remain natural. This ensures Illuminage looks sun-kissed and seamless without changing your client's color too dramatically.
5. Build the Brightness Up
Gradually layer up BlondorPlex through each strand. Go light and gently feather the pre-lightener onto the hair instead of loading on too much at once.
6. Choose Complementing Colors
Work with your client to find shades of Illumina Color that leave their complexion looking radiant. For a more muted finish, match the undertones in their color with the undertones of their skin (cool on cool or warm on warm), or for extra brightness, pick a tone that contrasts (warm on cool or cool on warm). The choice is up to them.
7. Illuminate With Shine Spray
Always finish Illuminage with some extra glow, courtesy of a shine spray. EIMI Glam Mist delivers boundless sparkle that encourages each painted ribbon to catch the light. Spray directly onto locks or, if your client's tresses are fine, mist it into palms of hands and lightly smooth over the surface of hair.