First do balayage (hand painted) highlights to the root area, and around the face. These tend to look softer and more natural than traditional foil highlights! Lift those pieces to a honey color. Backcomb a few large pieces and highlight just the ends. The key to making the chunky highlights look modern is by being more fine at the root, gradually getting thicker and heavier towards the mid-shaft and ends in a seamless graduation of color.