Are you a colorist creating Illuminage for your client? Follow these top tips to get a flawless finish every time…
1. Add Just a Few Foils
Typically, balayage is processed open-air, which results in a slightly softer lift. However, you can add foils for brighter highlights in a technique called ‘foilyage’. Nobody’s coined the term for Illuminage + foils just yet (foilluminage, perhaps?), but they make a great combination around those face-framing layers. Add just a few foils to up luminosity, creating a multi-dimensional look that goes the extra mile.
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. Start a few inches down from the root and set those mid-lengths and ends aglow. You could also snip 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 Blondor 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 Blondor through each strand. Go light and gently feather the pre-lightener onto the hair instead of loading on too much at once.