Crack open any magazine and you’re bound to flip through a bevy of slim faces dotted with perfectly chiseled cheekbones and noses. Unfortunately for us women of the real-world variety, perfecting our bone structure and hitting the gym religiously aren’t always a reality. If your face is feeling a little rounder than you’d like, here are my 5 professional makeup artist tips to make your face look slimmer instantly—no treadmill time required.
1. Wake Up With Tea
Early morning tea time is a great way to get rid of any bloating or puffiness in the skin. Peppermint and ginger are both known to help get rid of excess bloat. No tea on hand? No problem. Heat warm water on the stove and squeeze some fresh lemon for taste.
My Picks: Trader Joe's Herbal Peppermint Tea and Yogi Tea in Ginger
2. Prime the Skin
Using a brightening and tightening primer before makeup can instantly tighten skin and help decrease puffiness. Say goodbye to large pores and dehydrated complexion.
My Picks: Urban Decay Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion and Make Up For Ever Toning Tightening and Refining HD Primer
One of the quickest ways to make your face appear slimmer is to contour. Using a flat brush, apply a contouring blush or powder (matte preferably) in a soft line angled down your cheeks. Start slowly with this, and keep blending to avoid any harsh lines. You can also use the same trick on each side of your nose to help it appear smaller as well.
My Picks: Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 5 and Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Bronzer and tanning products have an instant slimming effect on the face and body. Use a sheer bronzer to highlight the skin after contouring for a healthy glow that accentuates light in all the right places. Apply with a powder brush in the shape of the number 3, along the forehead, cheek, and jawline.
My Picks: Guerlain Terra Cotta Bronzing Powder and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder
Applying a sheer highlighting powder under the eyes and down the nose for a brightening effect will cause the contoured (read: chiseled) and bronzed part of your face to stand out more. This creates a shape that is natural, slimming, and flattering.
My Picks: Inglot Cosmetics Multicolor Highlighting Powder and L’Oréal Hydra Perfecte Powder
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