It seems the possibilities for using makeup are endless. If you’ve always wanted to change your face shape or have more flattering features without going under the knife, you can now do so with your favorite makeup tools and items. With the right know-how and plenty of practice, you can easily use your makeup to reshape your face and bring attention to what you love about your face while subtly hiding the flaws.
The great thing about being able to reshape your face is that you don’t necessarily need the assistance of a professional makeup artist. All you need are the right makeup tools, colors/shades, and application tips. Of course each face shape has its own instructions for reshaping so make sure you follow the right set of directions and application tips. In most cases, you’ll need the following:
Large, round makeup brush
(All face shapes should first apply foundation as usual)
Round Face Shape: To create a slimmer face, first dip your large, round makeup brush into your highlighting powder and use long, broad strokes to sweep the powder across the following areas: the middle of your chin, forehead, and the area of skin between the top of your cheekbones and the area just underneath your eyes. Now take your makeup brush (after making sure to remove excess highlighting powder) and dip it into your bronzer and use it to sweep color across your cheeks, temples, and jawline to contour your face. Your bronzer should be two shades darker than your natural skin tone in order to create the right effect. This will result in the appearance of a more oval, slimmer face.
Long Face Shape: This particular face shape should not use highlighting powder for contouring or shaping. Doing so will only make your face seem even longer. Instead, use your bronzer to apply a sweep of color across your chin. This will make it appear shorter. Feel free to apply your blush generously to the apples of your cheeks in order to create the illusion of balance in length of your face. To apply your blush appropriately, make sure to start at the apples of your cheeks and use outwards brush strokes to spread the color across your face.
Heart Face Shape: This face shape will want to use highlighting powder to highlight the area between the top of the cheekbones and underneath the eyes, as well as the forehead. Doing this will create the illusion of a broader forehead and will bring more attention to the center of your face. You can also use bronzer or pressed powder to contour your cheeks and temples to minimize the appearance of too much width in these areas.
Square Face Shape: You’ll want to use bronzer to contour the following areas: the temples and both sides of the jaw (in the corners). Use your makeup brush to apply highlighting powder to the area between the top of the cheekbones and underneath the eyes, the middle of your forehead, and the tip of your chin. This will bring more attention to the middle of your face. Additionally, add blush to the apples of your cheeks in order to make your square face appear more oval in shape.
Oval Face Shape: If you have this face shape, you’re in luck because you don’t need to shape or contour. Oval face shapes are the most ideal in terms of symmetrical facial features.
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