Are you looking for quick and easy ways to make yourself look thinner without eating healthy or going to the gym?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
You see, I’m finding it REALLY hard to remove myself from our couch these days. I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather, the shorter days, or the fact that I’m generally just a lazy person, but I’d much rather spend my evenings staring at the TV with a tub of ice cream in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other than running on the treadmill.
The good news?
The internet is FULL of awesome beauty tricks to make your face look thinner, and after trying some of them out, I feel at least 5 lbs lighter.
Actually, I feel 10 lbs lighter, but that has more to do with the fact that I finally shaved my legs…
Anyway, I figure I’m not the only person who does a double-take when she sees herself in the mirror these days, so I figured I’d share the love.
TIP 1: USE CONTOUR
A little bronzer and highlighter can go a LONG WAY in defining your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. It takes a little bit of practice, but with the right products and brushes, you can transform your face in a matter of minutes.
I recently splurged on Benefit Cosmetics Hoola, which I love because it looks much more natural than the drugstore products I used to use, but for me, it was more about having the right brushes and learning the correct techniques. I swear by my NARS Ita Kabuki Brush No. 21, and Jaclyn Hill really breaks down everything you need to know in the tutorial above.
TIP 2: SHAPE YOUR EYEBROWS
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know that I am OBSESSED with my eyebrows. Why? Because thick, angular eyebrows make your face look longer and slimmer, and since I over-plucked my brows for the greater part of my 20s and early 30s, I spend a lot of time testing out different products and watching YouTube tutorials in an effort to make my eyebrows look thicker than they really are. To date, my list of must-have brow products are the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz and the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz. I also love the Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow for days when I’m in a rush!
TIP 3: DRAW ATTENTION TO YOUR EYES
A great tip for making a round face look slimmer is to spend a little extra time on your eye makeup. The more your eyes pop, the more attention they’ll get, leaving your admirers less time to notice the imperfections of your face. So grab that eyeliner and mascara, and practice your cat eye techniques because your hard work will pay off!
TIP 4: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR HAIR
I was blessed with hair that isn’t curly or straight, and that has a weird, frizzy kink to it, and have spent the last 20+ years applying serums and using various hot tools in an effort to make it as sleek, smooth, and straight as possible. The good news is that I could talk your ear off about the best products and techniques to get humid-resistant straight hair, but as it turns out, straight hair can actually make your face look WIDER if it’s not styled properly. Ideally, I try to add a bit of a curl to my locks to give it a little lift, but on the mornings I don’t have time to fuss about with my curling wand, I make sure to add a little Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse to my roots and blow dry my hair up and away from my face with a large, round brush. I then tease it at the hop and sides, and add a bit of hairspray so my hair doesn’t fall flat against my head as soon as I walk out the front door.
And finally, if you’re feeling extra daring…
TIP 5: GO ALL OUT
I usually reserve the cat eye look for big nights out because I think it’s a bit too sexy for school drop-offs and pick-ups, but I recently discovered this makeup trend actually makes your face look slimmer by elongating and lifting your eyes. And if you think about it, it totally makes sense. By drawing attention to the corner of your eyes, you’re giving the illusion that your face is triangular in shape, which makes it look leaner.
If you want ideas for a more natural, everyday cat eye, check out this tutorial by LustreLux.
The eyeliner is a bit heavy for me, but I really love the overall look and product recommendations. And if you’re looking for an affordable eyeshadow palette that is subtle enough for everyday, check out the Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Makeup Palette. I love mine!
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