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The Best Face-Framing Highlights Ideas For 2023

Face-framing highlights aka money piece hair is a popular colouring technique in which colour (usually, a brighter shade than your natural hue!) is strategically placed around the hairline for an instant brightening and framing effect. The finished result leaves you with a gorgeous, dimensional look — so, it should come as no surprise to learn that these types of highlights are the most-coveted style around.

So, how can you achieve them? With foils or hand-painted balayage, depending on how natural you want your face-frame to look. The best thing about them is that they flattering on all face shapes, hair lengths, hair types and textures, so anyone can give them a go.

Whether you’re waiting for salons to open or are looking for hair colour ideas to save for 2022, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see the best face-framing highlight looks.

Face-Framing Highlights on Brown Hair

Woman with blonde face framing highlights on brown hair

Credit: Arianna Sharfman

Soft balayage highlights, like these golden ones, are great for adding warmth to your complexion and refreshing brown strands.

Blonde Face Frame on Dark Hair

Woman with blonde face frame highlights on dark hair

Credit: Rosalind Alcazar

For those with a naturally darker base colour, look to these honey blonde face-framing highlights for inspiration. You’ll get extra points if you pair this hue with bouncy curls.

Chunky Face-Framing Highlights

Woman with chunky face framing blonde highlights on brown hair

Credit: Rosalind Alcazar

For something that oozes ‘90s vibes, go for chunky, framing highlights like these.

Editor’s tip: Coloured hair tends to be on the drier side so to keep your lengths looking shiny and healthy, we recommend trying a shampoo for coloured hair like the TRESemmé Revitalise Colour Shampoo.

Caramel Face-Framing Accents on Wavy Bob

Woman with wavy brown bob hairstyle

Credit: Arianna Sharfman

Short hair? For a halo effect that will brighten your face, go with a few subtle caramel highlights towards the fronts of your hair.

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Editor’s tip: Lock in this wavy hairstyle with a curl-shaping mousse like the TRESemmé Curl Definition Mousse.

Classic Face-Framing Balayage on Long Brown Hair

Woman with classic brown balayage on long straight hair


Like this beauty, you can add a touch of warmth to your long brown hair with chocolate balayage highlights for a subtle yet eye-catching effect.

Illuminating Money Pieces

Woman with blonde money piece highlights on brown hair

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See? Even blondes can try this trend.

Natural Highlights

Woman with dark natural hair and blonde highlights

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Yes, we couldn’t believe this isn’t natural either! This subtle face-frame is the stuff hair dreams are made of.

A front view of a SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancer Smoothie container

Editor’s tip: Nourish your natural curls with SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancer Smoothie, for bouncy and healthy locks all-day long.

Framing Silver Babylights

Woman with face framing silver baby highlights

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Give dark brown hair an icy touch with some silver babylights.

Copper Face-Framing Highlights

Woman with copper face-framing highlights

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Inject some spice into brown hair with warming copper highlights. Getting a few added around your hairline is all you need to do to make you glow.

Sunlit Red

Woman with sunlit red hair

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Take your red hair to the next level with a brighter balayage close to the face.

Sun-Kissed Waves

Woman with dark beachy waves

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Nothing catches the light quite like sun-kissed highlights, and this beachy look will make you look like a Cali-babe 24/7.

Face-Frame Highlights on Straight Hair

Woman with blonde face-framing highlights

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The combination of toffee and brown hues creates beautiful dimension on straight hair.

Foil Highlights

Woman with light brown foil highlights

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Here’s what face-framing highlights look like when they’re done using a foiling technique.

Blonde Money Pieces on Ash Brown Hair

Woman with blonde money pieces on ash brown hair

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Combining smokey brown hair with some bright money pieces will instantly make your look IG-worthy.

Bronde Balayage

Woman with bronde highlights

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What’s not to love about this beautiful bronde take on the trend?

Face-Framing Balayage on Medium Hair

Woman with blonde highlights

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If your medium tresses need a colour update, look to this flattering example for inspo.

Short and Striking Face-Frame

Woman with brown highlights on hair

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Teaming inky-black hair with blonde highlights instantly makes this choppy hair standout.

Bangs and Face-Framing Highlights

Woman with blonde highlights on light brown hair.


We’re getting ’70s vibes from this effortless bangs and balayage hairstyle.

Editor’s tip: Want to give your bangs a voluminous lift? Simply spray the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo on your mane and roots before styling. Et voilà! Instant lift and body.

Curtain Fringe

Woman with dark brown curtain fringe hairstyle

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Curtain bangs are everywhere, so you might as well get them done (along with some flattering highlights!).

Face-Framing Teasylights

Woman with dark brown face-framing teasylights

Credit: Rosalind Alcazar

If you’re looking to go subtle, try some brown teasylights and add them around your face for a pop of brightness.

Lived-In Highlights

Woman with blonde lived in highlights hairstyle

Credit: Rupert Laycock

Face-framing highlights are low-maintenance, meaning you can go longer in-between salon visits. The best thing? They look even more enchanting as they grow out.

Highlighted Hairstyle

Woman with blonde highlighted hairstyle.

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The best hairstyles to show off your face-framing balayage? Low buns, half-up hairstyles and anything else that requires romantic wisps at the front.

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