12 Makeup Hacks That Actually Make Your Face Look Thinner

October 20, 2016

Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she knows the right makeup hacks.

I have a round face and pretty much no visible cheekbones.

Most days, I’m okay with that, but on some days, I want to feel like Kim K or Angelina – you know, with a jawline so sharp it can cut you into pieces just looking at it.

And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. There are over 2,570,000 results on Google when you enter ‘how to get a thinner face’, because, when you’re born without high cheekbones, no amount of weight loss is likely to make you chiselled. But thanks to the magic of makeup, it’s possible to make your face appear slimmer while still enjoying chocolate lava cake.

While contouring is excellent at adding some visual definition to your face, there are many more factors that play a role in your overall face shape appearance, such as your brows and lips. So whether you only try a few or all of the following 12 hacks to make your face look slimmer, the result will most likely be more dramatic than you think…

1. Grow your brows


Full, defined brows will elongate your face, while fine ones will actually make it look rounder, so keep your arches natural, but tamed, and ideally fairly straight.

2. Cover dark circles


Dark shadows around your eyes can make your face look wider, so invest in a good concealer and cover up, as brightening your under-eye area will have the reverse effect, instantly lifting the face.

3. Do the ‘blush sandwich’


Apply highlighter just above your blush on your cheekbones and darker contouring powder just below to elongate and define your cheekbones instantly.

4. Make your eyes pop


When your eyes are the focus of your face, it will automatically appear slimmer, so keep perfecting that smokey eye.

5. Keep your lips natural


Bold lips are fun, but they can widen the look of your face, so keep them natural with a tint or gloss to make your face appear slimmer.

6. Contour your jaw

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Contouring powder just below your jawbone will instantly narrow your face by subtly erasing your double chin. Simply sweep a small amount of matte bronzer starting from under the chin, up to your earlobe on either side.

7. Contour your cheekbones


Suck in your cheeks and apply contouring powder along the part that appears hollow to create the illusion of cheekbone shadows and narrow your face.

8. Contour your forehead


A wide forehead can be made to look smaller by applying a dark concealer onto your temples and around your hairline and then sweeping a lighter one in a triangular pattern in the middle before blending, as shown above.

9. Highlight the middle of your face


Applying some shimmering highlighting powder between your brows, on the bridge of your nose, and just above your lips will draw attention to the middle of your face and thereby create the illusion of a slimmer look.

10. Thin your nose


Contouring powder or a dark concealer applied on both sides of the nose then gently blended in will instantly make your nose appear more narrow by creating a fake ‘shadow’.

11. Do the cat eye right


When using liquid eyeliner to create a cat eye, make sure the line in the outer corner of your eye goes slightly upwards, not across, in order to lift eyes and narrow your face (extending it outward will actually create the illusion of widening your face).

12. Enhance your cupid’s bow


Using a lip liner in a natural shade, draw on a slightly higher cupid’s bow than your natural one, which will have an elongating effect on your face whilst also making your pout look more plump.

Images via pinterest.com, angelaricardo.com.

Comment: What’s your failsafe makeup trick for slimming your face?



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