My first cat was feeling so down she stopped doing all of her favorite things.. until she got a new haircut! Brown-Cat could not, would not stop looking at her reflection in the mirror or strutting her stuff. She looked kind of like a lion and she acted just like a kitten. Brown-Cat’s makeover boosted her confidence and brought back her feline sparkle.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re feeling down on yourself, if you’re dissatisfied with the size or shape of your features, it’s totally fine. Of course we all need to learn to love ourselves unconditionally just the way we are, but sometimes appearance-related insecurities can even prevent us from performing our best in important things. That’s so normal.
Rather than feeling self-conscious or losing that fire in your soul, it may benefit you to try out a new look. So, if you’ve ever considered making a change to your appearance, you may want to consider trying out these makeup tricks to change the apparent sizes and shapes of your features. It’s like knife-less plastic surgery!
Slimming Down Your Face
You can slim your face with a face lift, botox, some types of chin and cheek plastic surgery, or, less intrusively, just with makeup. If you want to fake a slim face with makeup, you’ll need a contour palette and some good contouring brushes (If you’re looking for a creamier contour, you might want to check out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit, but I prefer the light powder of the NYX Pro Contour Palette).
Remember, the darker shades of tan and brown add depth to features, and highlight makes them pop out. So, here’s what you want to do with your contour: pucker your face and sweep some brown or tan contour down your cheeks diagonally and then sweep contour upward into your temples on the side of your face. You can also contour along your jawline to prevent the look of a double-chin.
On top of contouring, you can make your face look thinner by shaping your eyebrows with a high arch, which gives the illusion of lengthening the face. Play up your eyes to make them appear larger because this changes the size ratio between your eyes and the rest of your face. Your face looks slimmer when your features look larger.
Making Your Cheekbones Pop
Just because you envy Angelina’s cheekbones doesn’t mean you need to go under the knife! You can make your cheekbones pop right out your face with the proper contour and highlight pattern! Daintily swipe some highlight along the top of your cheek bones, starting from the apples of your cheeks and moving outward under the corner of your eye (I recommend subtly peachy colors for fair skin and golden tones on darker skin). If you are using a powder highlight (like the NYX Pro Contour Palette) you can create a light highlighted finish using a fan brush. Be sure to blend your highlight out to keep it looking natural and fresh.
You can add some extra dimension to your cheekbones and really make them pop by making your fish-face and adding a light contour of tan or brown just beneath your cheekbones. And, if that’s still not enough for you, you can add some ‘glow’ to the top of your highlight above your cheekbones. You can use any shimmery highlight to accentuate your cheekbone right beneath your eye. I have a couple of favorites that I rotate between:
With the right color and placement, your cheekbones are sure to pop with a healthy dose of highlighter!
Reducing the Height of Your Forehead
This is another trick you can do with your handy-dandy contour kit! But, before you do, keep in mind that psychological studies have shown that people naturally find larger foreheads cuter. This has to do with the face that it is reminiscent of a child’s face.
Nonetheless, if you want to make that five-head into a forehead, all you need to do is add some contour (tan or brown) to your temples and along the top of your forehead. Don’t go too dark or too thick and blend well. This will create the illusion of a higher shadow, or a smaller forehead!
Also, your forehead tends to look smaller when you play up other features (especially the cheekbones) and shape your eyebrows correctly (you can find the right eyebrow for your unique face shape here).
Slimming Your Nose
I hope you haven’t put your contour palette away just yet–it’s time to learn about slimming the nose. Nose jobs rarely turn out attractive, but this trick does every time! When I contour my nose, I use a thin, angled brush to apply a liquid highlight (Away We Glow in Liquid Prism) down the center of the bridge of my nose. On either side of this slender highlight, I slide a slightly thicker (but still relatively thin) line of contour brown or tan. I also add contour just above my nostrils where I want my nose to appear it ends. This also helps to create a more pointed tip to my nose. And, of course, I would never ever leave the mirror ever without blending that all super well!
Making Your Eyes Appear Larger
Who doesn’t want big, beautiful doll eyes? With the right makeup, anyone can pull it off. There’s no one single method to making small eyes appear larger, and you can mix and match different tricks until you achieve your desired look. For starters, I find that wearing a nude or white eyeliner along my lower waterline (sometimes coupled with a second line of black eyeliner directly underneath) creates the illusion of a bigger, rounder eye. Also, adding a light, shimmery nude to the inner corner of the eyes coupled with a slightly darker, matte nude along the crease can help to emphasize the full size and shape of your eye.
Wearing mascara on both the top and bottom lashes as well as wearing faux eyelashes can also make your eyes look larger!