How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Want to make your face look thinner without embarking on a crazy diet? Makeup has been used for centuries to cover imperfections, but also to sculpt the face in unimaginable ways. Try the following makeup tips which can make your face and body look slimmer!

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Dark contour

A simple fact about makeup is that darker colours can be used to create shadows and create the appearance of a slimmer face and body. Use a foundation shade 1-2 shades darker than your natural colour to sculpt the face and chisel out those cheekbones.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Body shimmer

Ever noticed why your favourite celebrities pack on the shimmer while they’re walking the red carpet? The glittery shadows give the appearance of a more toned and angular physique.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup


Bring out those cheekbones (or create them) by using a sultry, shimmery shade on the high angles of your face. Liquid formulas look most natural since they melt seamlessly into the skin. Dab it on with your fingers or a damp cosmetic sponge for a flawless complexion.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup


An essential in any makeup kit, bronzer can be used on almost every part of the face and body. Apply it to the sides of your nose to make it look thinner, onto the decolletage, just under the cheekbones, or lightly all-over your face for a subtle pop of colour. Just remember to blend!

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Full lips

For the illusion of Kylie Jenner lips (sans the injections), use a white eyeliner and draw lightly in the centre of your lips. Smooth it out with your fingers, then apply a lip gloss over the top. Dab some highlighter over the cupids bow to draw attention to this area – the highlighter makes it look plump and juicy.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

Natural brows

If your brows over-plucked, don’t be afraid to draw them in with a pencil or pomade. Dip the brush into the pomade to create light, fluttery hairs starting from the very end of your eyebrow. Dab a bit of highlighter onto the brow bone to emphasise your arch.

Makeup tips: How To Make Your Face Look Thinner With Makeup

What are some of your favourite makeup tips?

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Crazy New Makeup Trend: Clown Contouring

Another new makeup trend has been spotted on YouTube over the month of July, and it’s called clown contouring. It incorporates the main techniques of contouring and highlighting to cover-up dark circles, correct hyperpigmentation, create razor-sharp cheekbones, and give the illusion of colour and light on a bare face.

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One of the first YouTubers to come out with a tutorial was BellaDeLune also known as Esther Isabel Amado Romo who shows just how effective this technique can be. What makes it stand out from other makeup trends are the pink and red shades around the eyes and mouth.

Crazy New Makeup Trend - Clown Contouring

These lighter shades are actually used to colour correct dark patches of skin (such as chronic under-eye circles), and create a consistent colour around the mouth and eyes. If you’re daring enough to try this yourself at home, take a picture and tag your before and after shots @shesaid on Instagram!

We’ll just stick to the remarkable video below which already has more than 1.2 million views:

Image via YouTube

Throwback Thursday: Create A Killer Cleavage

 Feb 13, 2012Did you know you can use bronzer to create the illusion of super sexy cleavage? One of our favourite mineral makeup brands Nude by Nature shows us how to get the look in three easy steps.1. Apply Nude Mineral Bronzer down the middle of your chest between your breasts, blending upwards to create a V-shape along your natural curve.

2. Now brush a small quantity of the Nude luminous light-reflective Mineral Finishing Veil onto the top half of your breasts and blend. Blend thoroughly with your Kabuki brush.

3. Keep checking the mirror while you are applying to ensure even shading, add more to increase the contrast and definition to your ultimate cleavage. Make sure the colour is blended into your neck and shoulders so it looks natural.

How To Contour Your Face

Contouring is a secret weapon that makeup artists have been using for years to highlight certain features, and make the face slimmer and more angular. All you need is a few makeup products, brushes and the right technique to contour your face the right way.


Regardless of your face shape, the same three products can be used to achieve a stunning result – only the placement and technique changes. All you need is:

  • Foundation, 1-2 shades lighter than your skin
  • Foundation, 1-2 shades darker than your skin
  • Bronzer
  • Real Techniques Your Finish Perfected Stippling Brush, $22.99
  • Beauty Blender Single Sponge, $24.95 (damp)

Round face

Usually characterised by a circular face the entire way around, this shape is full and has a soft chin and full cheeks. Rounder faces usually require more definition around the forehead, cheekbones, under-eyes and chin.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. With broad strokes, apply the darker foundation around the forehead, under the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose. Don’t forget to frame the jawline as well as the chin to achieve stronger structure in the face.
  2. Take the lighter foundation and apply onto the centre of the forehead, down the nose and the apples of the cheeks. It is best to apply the highlight with your fingers since this will blend naturally into the skin.
  3. Then with your damp Beauty Blender, carefully soften out the harsh lines across the face. A Beauty Blender takes a little more time, but will give you a flawless airbrush finish.

Heart-shaped face

The heart-shaped face has a long and pointed chin, with higher cheekbones which curve into the jawline.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. Take the darker foundation and apply onto the temples of the forehead. This will soften up any harsh lines, and create a beautiful base. Then bring the brush down under the cheek line. Feel free to contour the brow-bone and bridge of the nose.
  2. With your fingers, highlight the centre of the forehead, apples of the cheeks, ball of the chin and also the centre of the nose.
  3. A concealer brush will give a precise highlight over the lash-line, on the smile lines and highlight the cupids bow. Then blend out carefully with a Beauty Blender before applying the finishing touches to your look.

Square face

A square face often has petite and angular features – especially around the jawline and forehead.

How To Contour Your Face

  1. Apply the darker contour around the perimeter of the face, focusing above the eyebrows. Drop down and follow the nature curve of the cheek line before emphasising the edges of the jawline.
  2. Add a highlight (lighter foundation shade) to the centre of the forehead, down the centre of the nose, above the cheek contour and the under-eye area.
  3. Your Beauty Blender will now create a soft definition throughout the entire face. If you don’t have a Beauty Blender, use a stippling brush instead.

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