How Michelle Keegan’s trendy ‘bronde contour’ hair colour technique enhances facial features

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Michelle Keegan’s hair truly is a thing of beauty, but when she shares rare footage of it post-salon appointment, it’s even more majestic.

The Our Girl actress has just taken a trip to see balayage specialist Calum Tierney, who shared the outcome of her transformation on his Instagram account.

“Bronde contour x Michelle Keegan,” he writes.

The star, 33, can be seen looking trendy in a pair of paper bag jeans and a black crop top, as Calum gives pieces of her hair a good zhuzh to show off the new colour.

Michelle was pictured on her own Instagram last week with dark brunette roots and a slight caramel tone on her ends, but this new shade is clearly much lighter and more buttery in tone.

Calum notes that he used Wella Professional colour to create the multi-tonal look, and has added a bit of colour contouring to Michelle front sections – something he specialises in.

This technique is inspired by the process of contouring the face with make-up, and uses a combination of freehand application and highlighting, paired with the careful positioning of different tones and depths around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas.

Darker tones are used to create shadows, and can help shorten or narrow the face shape. Lighter tones are used to elongate and lengthen the face shape by helping to reflect light.

Michelle has previously opted for this clever contouring colour with Calum in the past, memorably in November last year when she went for a slightly lighter caramel tone around her front sections.

The Manchester-born beauty has also been favouring a curtain fringe as of late, though Calum’s recent video shows she seems to be growing out her front sections for summer.

Michelle joins a long line of other celebrities who have been quick to jump on the blonde hair trend ahead of the (hopefully) sunnier weather.

Both Love Island’s Kendall Rae Knight and Marnie Simpson have gone buttery blonde in the past week – something that many of us will be asking our hair colourists for over the next few months.


“More and more people are warming up their brunette or blonde colour for summer, and are wanting a glowing, buttery blonde,” explains Katie Hale, head of colour at Charles Worthington salons.

“The trend is moving away from very ashy shades, and more into the warm honeys and coppers – which can be adapted to suit all skin tones.”

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