22 Best Face-Framing Highlights Ideas For 2021

We've rounded up the best face-framing highlight styles.

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 2021, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see the best face-framing highlight looks.

Face-Framing Highlights on Brown Hair

Woman with dark brown hair and subtle golden face-framing highlights
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 dark brown hair and bronde balayage highlights
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 ginger short bob chunky blonde face framing highlights
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 serum the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum.

Caramel Face-Framing Accents on Wavy Bob

Woman with short wavy brown hair with caramel framing highlights
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.

Classic Face-Framing Balayage on Long Brown 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

See? Even blondes can try this trend.

Natural Highlights

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

Framing Silver Babylights

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

Editor’s tip: To maintain your bright highlights, you’ll need to invest in a purple shampoo. Our fave? The Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo, which helps keep brassy tones at bay while also strengthening your hair.

Copper Face-Framing Highlights

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

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

Sun-Kissed Waves

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

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

Foil Highlights

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

Blonde Money Pieces on Ash Brown Hair

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

Bronde Balayage

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

Face-Framing Balayage on Medium Hair

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

Short and Striking Face-Frame

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

Bangs and Face-Framing Highlights

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

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

Face-Framing Teasylights

Woman with long, dark brunette hair and chocolate highlights
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 warm golden facelights
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 dark hair styled into a bun with blonde money piece highlights
Credit: Rupert Laycock

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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