5 Makeup Tricks for Girls With Narrow Faces
As amazing as those "brows on fleek" and contouring tutorials on YouTube are, the important thing to remember is that they don't apply to everyone. What works for someone with a round face won't necessarily work for someone with a square face. Ditto for narrow, oval-shaped faces. In fact, while tutorials for people with round faces encourage the viewer to carve into the face with contouring to help create a slimming effect, that's exactly the opposite of what someone with a narrow face should be doing. The trick is to remember to add height to the face, thus lifting the eye and tricking it into thinking the face is wider. So to help you create the perfect look for an oval-shaped face, we've rounded up some of our favourite tips. For all these and more, keep scrolling!
One of the easiest ways to disguise a narrow face is with bronzing powder. Focus on areas like the tip of the forehead and the jawline to create the illusion that your face is "shorter" than it actually is. Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder ($51) is perfect for this because the rectangular brush "chisels" into the face so precisely, and the colour is a greyscale (not orange!) bronzer that distracts rather than deflects.
Next, use cream contour (or stick with the matte bronzer, if you tend to have oily skin) and draw a line right under the cheekbones, halfway down toward the mouth. This will define the cheeks, giving the illusion that the face has width. When you're done, blend up and into the hairline. We love Australis' Full On Foundation Stick ($14) in Natural Tan to achieve this look.
Highlight is the real key player in widening a narrow face. With a great cream product like Maybelline's Dream Lumi Concealer ($18), apply highlighter on the center of the forehead, below the eyes, and on the tops of the cheeks. Hitting these high points of the face will draw attention upward and out.
Drawing the eyebrows outward and extending them ever so slightly also helps widen the face. We're obsessed with Anastasia's Brow Wiz ($39) and its waxy consistency, which helps it last all day long. Just be sure to use short strokes when drawing in your brows to mimic the look of brow hairs; otherwise, the look can come off a bit too "drawn-in."
Lastly, playing up the eyes draws attention upward, taking away from the length of the face. A good cat eye is the perfect look for doing so, especially since the wing tips move outward, widening the face. To create a long-lasting cat eye, try Revlon's ColorStay Liquid Liner ($26).
What are your favourite tips for applying makeup on a narrow face? Share below!