Change the Shape of your Face with Some Quick Makeup Tricks!
If you've been blessed with a gorgeous round face but long for a more elongated shape, you do have options! Being in-the-know when it comes to applying makeup can give you secrets on how to create a slim, elongated face shape with makeup.
These tips and tricks from top makeup artists will help you transform your face from round to elongated in a snap!
SLIM YOUR FACE: FOUNDATION AND POWDER
If you are fan of foundation, you can contour your face with two shades, one that is a bit lighter and one slightly darker than your natural skin tone. Apply the darker color (a sponge is the best tool) to the fuller areas of your temples and jaw line. The lighter foundation color goes under your eyes, on your nose and chin, and across your forehead. A translucent powder over this foundation will set it and not affect the color. Use a large, fluffy brush to apply the light loose powder; mineral powder foundation is a great multitasker that can be used for contouring and evening out your skin tone at the same time. You’ll be amazed how the subtle use of light and dark color will transform your face shape right before your very eyes.
SLIM YOUR FACE: EYE MAKEUP AND EYEBROWS
According to Alison Raffaele of Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, eyebrows play a key role in setting the stage for an evenly balanced face. “Make sure your eyebrows are in proportion with the rest of your features (eyes, nose and lips)," said Alison.
"Strong eyebrows on a delicate facial structure will appear overwhelming, and thin brows on a strong facial structure will make the face appear larger. Also make sure eyebrows are not too close together or far apart. Balance and proportion is key.”
A round face needs vertical lines to make it appear more oval in shape. Cameron Diaz and Renee Zellwegger are good examples of round faces. Professionals recommend a highly arched brow for rounder faces. The peak should be toward the end of the brow and the tail of the brow should be short. Aim the end of the brow toward the tip of ear. Angled eyebrow lines counteract facial roundness and help to give the face balance.
When applying eye makeup to a round face, remember to apply eye shadow and liner in an outward motion, extending slightly past the natural end of your eyelashes.
SLIM YOUR FACE: BLUSH AND BRONZER
"To make a round face appear longer and slimmer, use a bronzer to contour," advises Kaci Harabedian, makeup artist for DuWop Cosmetics.
"Using a large, fluffy brush, apply bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks (if you’re not sure where to apply, sucking in your cheeks helps). Continue dusting the powder on eyelids, along the jaw line, and down the neck to the cleavage. If you’re not a fan of the 'glow' some bronzers tend to leave, you can also use pressed powder in a darker shade than your usual.”
Kaci says you should avoid applying blush on the apples of your cheeks; this can make them appear even more round. Apply the color towards the back of the cheekbone and up to the temple. Highlighter works well on areas like the tops of cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of the nose and inner corners of eyes, according to Kaci. She says it is important to keep the focus on the center of the face. Highlighters are available in powder, liquid or cream form and are easy to apply. Use a back and forth motion when applying blush or bronzer, not a circular motion, which actually creates more of a round look.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
A little practice with light and darker shades and the technique of facial contouring will quickly make you a pro. Once you see exactly where you need to bring portions of your face forward and where you want them to recede, you will feel comfortable with your face as landscape just waiting for your artistic touch. It’s fun to get together with friends and try out new makeup tips and tricks, so consider having a makeup party to try out your new techniques!
Makeup truly can transform your face when you know how to use it to your best advantage. A trip to any department store cosmetic counter is another positive step in educating yourself about how best to make up your round face. Make the most of your natural beauty, and love your round face!
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.