Can makeup really make your face look slimmer?

11 December 2015

It’s almost Christmas which means your diary is likely to be full with get-togethers, family gatherings and work parties – with so much socialising to do, it’s only natural that you’ll want to ensure you look your best.

For many, this means spending hours carefully applying makeup to create radiant skin with cheekbones even Victoria’s Secret models will be envious of. But can makeup really make your face look slimmer? It can, and it’s all about contouring. Follow these top tips and see for yourself.

What is facial contouring?

The beauty trend made famous by Kim Kardashian is definitely one to perfect for the Christmas parties this year. It may sound complicated but it’s actually really simple; it’s all about the bronzing powder you choose.

Select bronzer or blusher that’s two shades darker than your complexion and sweep it on in an upward motion from just below your cheekbone to the top of your ears. Lightly dust along your jawline and under your chin to eliminate signs of a double chin.

Just be sure to blend it in thoroughly – after all, no one likes the streaky look.

For slimmer cheeks…

Take your bronzer and apply in a diagonal line from the middle of your cheek up towards your ear. Suck in your cheeks while you’re doing it and blend, blend, blend. For sharper cheekbones, apply your contour shade higher. Finish the look with a quick sweep of highlighter across the top of your cheekbones.

For a slimmer nose…

Sweep your contour powder down the sides of the bridge of your nose and stop above your nostrils. Apply highlighter to the bridge of your nose and blend thoroughly.

For larger eyes…

Bigger peepers will make the rest of your face seem smaller. Make your eyes stand out with black eyeliner and lashings of mascara. For a more dramatic effect, leave lips natural and let your eyes do all the talking.

For a slimmer face…

Highlighter concentrated on the centre of your face will bring it forward, creating the illusion of a slimmer face. Highlight your forehead, between your brows, on the bridge of your nose, on your Cupid’s bow and in the middle of your chin. Blend your contouring shade up towards your temples and around your hairline – this will give your angular-looking cheekbones.

And it really is that simple! Have you tried the contouring trick yet? Share your photos and tips with us on Facebook today.


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