4 Contouring Hacks That Make Your Face Look Thinner
If you're on the hunt for hacks to make your face look thinner, there's a solid chance you're au fait with every contouring trick in the book. That said, there are a few tips out there that are, well, out there... A world away from complicated, 50-step makeup routines (looking at you, Kim), these face-slimming maneuvers are simple but kooky. Also? They're effective. Even if your strobe skills couldn't possibly level up, the tips ahead will bring something new to your sculpting game. Want to make your face look thinner, no treadmill (or liposuction) required? Keep scrolling for 4 slimming contouring hacks.
James Read Tan Liquid Bronzer ($54)
Tontouring, or contouring your face with fake tan, is such a genius concept we can't believe it hasn't caught on sooner. Not only does it require just two products—a tanning mist and deeper bronzing cream—the face slimming effects last for days, not hours. Simply apply the mist all over, then swipe the darker cream underneath cheekbones, down the sides of your nose, and anywhere else you usually sculpt. We suggest using a targeted brush like this one from Artiste ($23) for control and accuracy.
The interwebs are awash with tons of zany ideas on using household items to create sharp contours. (There's even a video on sculpting cheekbones with a burrito—no lie.) While we don't recommend using fast food to fake a Rosie-esque bone structure, we can get behind cracking out the Magic Tape if you need help working out where to place your shadows. Just like in this winger liner trick, the tape allows you to achieve precise angles. Watch this tutorial from Huda Beauty for a how-to.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Face Palette ($64)
Unless you're a YouTube makeup sensation (or a Kardashian-Jenner) chances are you rely on a simple contouring routine day-to-day—one contour shade, one highlight. According to vlogger Chloe Morello, if you're after a natural look you should actually be using *two* contour shades, plus one that matches your actual skin tone in addition to a highlight. This advice may sound counter-intuitive, but using a second sculpting shade (slightly lighter than what you'd normally contour with) around the edges of your face helps to blend everything together resulting in a more realistic finish. Watch Morello's how-to, here.
Metamucil Daily Fibre Supplement ($18)
Vlogger Rachel Levin completely blew our minds with an amazing (albeit somewhat bizarre) recipe for homemade contour slime. Made from a flavourless fibre supplement, foundation a few shades darker than your skin tone and water, the slime acts as a sort of contour stamp leaving pigment wherever you press it. Sure, it's not as handbag friendly as a cream compact, but it sure looks fun. (Plus, there's no chance of it shattering in your handbag.)