Well, not quite our American Custom, I seldom see the ashes so nicely imposed on the forehead. Usually my impositions look more like smudges, and sometimes sprinkles of ashes fall on the nose, cheeks and chin, an imperfect world.
The Holy Father and most of Europe receive a "sprinkling" of ashes on the crown of the head, not a mark of ashes on the forehead. Does anyone know the reason for the difference? Which method do you prefer?