Making your face look slimmer can be as simple as choosing the right haircut or accessories. By cleverly using makeup you can create the illusion of having a thinner face. This article will give you several tips and tricks to make your face look longer and thinner than it actually is.
Method 1 of 5: Using the Contouring Technique
Step 1. Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone, then apply it using a brush or sponge
Make sure you blend it well, especially at the ends of the face, at the hairline and along the jaw. The foundation will ensure that the bronzer and highlighter applied later adhere better to the face.
- If you need to use concealer to mask some imperfections, do it now. Once you start applying the bronzer and highlighter it will be too late.
- For an ideal result, it is best to use a liquid or cream foundation.
Step 2. Apply some highlighter to the cheekbones by tapping them with a large soft brush
Now blend it up, towards the eyes, using a smaller brush. The result should be similar to the shape of two inverted triangles. This step is used to make the cheekbones appear more "angular", therefore thin.
Choose a highlighter that is two tones lighter than your skin color. You can also use a light cream eyeshadow, for example white or ivory. Using a slightly shiny or pearly product allows you to better capture the light
Step 3. Apply some highlighter on the bridge of the nose as well
This time use a small brush to create a long, thin line along the middle of the nose. Be careful not to make it too thick, or the nose will appear wider than it actually is.
Step 4. Highlight the area between the eyebrows, creating another geometric figure similar to an inverted triangle
At this point, blend the color towards the hairline.
Step 5. Apply some highlighter to the center of the chin
Use a large soft brush. This step is to draw attention to the lips and allows you to make your face appear longer. If you have a very prominent chin by nature, it may be best to avoid using highlighter in this area or just create a thin line, no wider than a finger.
Step 6. Now apply some earth just below the cheekbones
This step is essential to make your face look slimmer. If you are concerned that you will not be able to get a perfectly specular result, suck your cheeks inwards and take on the so-called "fish mouth" expression. At this point, you can use the notches as a guide.
Use a bronzer one or two tones darker than your skin color. Avoid shiny or pearly products. In the absence of the earth you can use a matte brown eyeshadow, preferring a shade that conforms to the undertone of your skin, hot or cold
Step 7. Darken the sides of the nose with earth
Use a small, soft brush to apply some earth along the sides of the nose. Blend the color down and sideways, towards the ears. This step is to make the nose look thinner.
Step 8. Tap some earth on the temples, on the sides of the forehead
Again, use a small, soft-bristled brush, then blend the color down. You may notice that in this area there are natural bumps or depressions dictated by the shape of the skull.
Step 9. Apply bronzer along and below the jaw line
Focus mainly on the central part of the jaw and less on the chin. Make sure you blend the color down, under the chin, towards the neck. When finished, the jaw will appear more angular.
Step 10. Blend the ensemble using a soft brush
If you have used cream products, it is best to blend them with a sponge. Pass the brush where the earth and the highlighter meet, blending them to blend them with each other and with the foundation. The goal is to obtain a homogeneous complexion; any stretch in sight will reveal that you have used the contouring technique to reshape the shape of your face.
Method 2 of 5: Using Makeup and Accessories
Step 1. Draw attention to the eyes using eyeliner and mascara
By creating more elaborate eye makeup, looks will be drawn to that part of the face, and size will take a back seat. When it's time to apply eyeliner, try drawing the typical little tail or copy the "cat eye" style. Try to focus your makeup on the outer corners of your eyes to make them appear larger. As a direct consequence, the face will appear thinner and elongated.
Consider styling your brows with tweezers so that they appear naturally arched. As a result, the face will appear more angular, therefore thinner
Step 2. Try to outline the lips using bronzer and highlighter to make them appear fuller
The attention of the beholder, in this way, will be drawn to the mouth rather than the cheeks. To use the lip contouring technique, apply some powder highlighter along the so-called "Cupid's bow", in the center of the upper lip, followed by some bronzer just below the lower lip. Blend the colors well, then apply a bright lipstick.
Step 3. Wear a hat with a high crown or a short brim
This way your head will appear longer than it is wide, creating the illusion of a slimmer face. Even a baseball cap that is taller than normal can help make your face appear longer.
Step 4. Try wearing long, dangling earrings, but avoid bulky or less feminine ones
Before buying them, check that they go beyond the jaw, to direct attention away from the sides of the face. Remember that the more angular they are, the better they contrast with the round face shape, giving the illusion that it is thinner.
If you have a habit of pulling your hair up in a bun, a pair of long earrings will help soften your facial features
Step 5. Go for long necklaces
Unlike short ones, they allow you to draw attention away from the face. In addition, a long necklace creates the illusion that the neck and face are longer. A choker would risk making the face even more protagonist, emphasizing its breadth.
If you still want to wear a short necklace or choker, try to frame your face by bringing your hair down or leaving a few strands free to fall on your cheeks
Step 6. Choose large glasses
This advice applies to both those alone and those for sight. Choose a rectangular shape, but with rounded corners. A wider face frame allows you to make it look slimmer.
Step 7. When choosing shirts, go for those with a V-neck or a deep round one, avoiding those with a turtleneck
A deep neckline allows the neck - and consequently the face - to appear more elongated. Conversely, a turtleneck shirt would make it look stockier, also drawing attention upwards (especially on the jawbone), emphasizing its breadth.
Method 3 of 5: Choose the Right Haircut
Step 1. Consider a layered cut
A soft tuft or fringe that frames the face can help make it appear leaner and more graceful.
Step 2. Go for a long cut
Having long hair is an easy way to make your face appear longer, plus it allows you to give your hair a little more movement naturally.
Step 3. If you prefer a short cut, choose it asymmetrical
If you prefer to keep your hair short, for example by opting for a bob, make sure that they do not have the same length on each side. Consider cutting them shorter at the nape of the neck, leaving them longer on the sides of the face. You will still have the feel of a short cut, but the longer locks will frame the face making it look naturally leaner.
Step 4. Go easy on the curls
While it is true that curls can make the face appear thinner, a very voluminous hair inevitably makes the head - and consequently the face - appear larger.
Step 5. If you like bangs, go for a slightly irregular cut over a perfectly straight one
A horizontal bangs would make any face look more stocky and rounded. To frame and streamline it it is better to choose a less regular cut and slightly longer on the sides.
Step 6. If you have very short hair, consider a crew cut
Ask the hairdresser to shorten them mainly on the sides, leaving them longer on the top of the head. This style allows you to make your face look longer and thinner.
Method 4 of 5: Style your hair without cutting it
Step 1. Try doing the row on one side
The face will naturally appear less round and symmetrical.
If you have very fine hair, consider backcombing it near the roots to add volume to the top of the head. The goal is to make it appear longer than it is wide
Step 2. Take care of the details when queuing
Avoid pulling them back by leaving the top of the head flat and even, otherwise the face will appear wider rather than slimmer. You should let some strands fall around the face to frame it and hide part of the cheeks and chin, to make the face look thinner.
- You can pull your hair up over your head, in a ponytail or ballerina bun. In both cases the face will appear longer.
- You can also try to make a half ponytail by tying only the hair that is above eye level, while the others remain loose.
Step 3. Make braids or ponytails to create the illusion of a longer face
It will naturally look slimmer too.
Step 4. Consider making some highlights in your hair
The goal is to divert attention from the breadth of the face, adding volume and movement to the hair that surrounds it.
You can also try the ombre technique. Light colors attract more attention than dark ones: by lightening only the tips, the eyes will therefore be magnetized downwards. As a natural consequence, your face will appear longer and thinner
Step 5. If you are a guy, use your beard to your advantage
The natural color contrast can help you make your face look thinner. A pointed beard or goatee can create the illusion of an even more elongated face.
Method 5 of 5: Alternative Methods
Step 1. Try facial gymnastics
Although there is no scientific evidence that these exercises help to slim the face, there is no doubt that they can help you tone the muscles. Here are some exercises you should try:
- Imitate the so-called "fishy expression" by sucking the cheeks inside. Stay in this position for a few seconds.
- Tilt your head back so that your chin points towards the ceiling. Move your jaw first down and then up. Stay in this position for a few seconds as you stretch your neck muscles.
- Gaze to the left for a few seconds, then repeat to the right.
- Close your eyes tightly by wrinkling the rest of your face for a few seconds, then open them as wide as you can by relaxing all facial muscles at the same time.
Step 2. Try to eat better
If the roundness of the face is due to excess weight and not bone structure, you should avoid foods that contain a lot of fat and sugar, such as all fried foods, fizzy drinks and candies. You should eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.
Step 3. Moderate the consumption of alcoholic beverages
When you drink too much, you risk waking up with a swollen face.
Step 4. Consider going on a diet
If you have a chubby face because you have put on weight, you can slim it by getting back into shape. Try a physical activity like swimming or running, or go for long walks several days a week. A workout of just 30 minutes a day can have a major impact on the appearance of your body.
Step 5. Consider using aesthetic medicine
Remember that the treatments indicated to slim the face are mostly permanent, very expensive and can cause various side effects, including scarring and swelling. If you were to turn to an unprepared person, you would also risk obtaining a very different result from the desired one. If you are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, talk to an experienced plastic surgeon who can analyze your medical record to decide if it is a suitable option for you.
- Whenever you experiment with a new makeup or hairstyle, take a picture of yourself so you can evaluate later which ones make your face look thinner.
- If you want your whole body to look slimmer, especially at the waist, avoid dresses with horizontal stripes; vertical ones are much more suitable. Also, go for plain-colored garments.
- If you want to make the rest of your body look slimmer, wear extra long pants and shirts. Avoid bulky garments and pants at calf or ankle height that make your legs appear shorter.