With the advent of various photo editing apps and carefully selected angles, it’s not difficult for us to achieve our desired face shape. A slimmer face and pointy chin are all possible with just a swipe or tap of a button. Never mind that our actual cheeks resemble more of a pufferfish and that our chins are barely existent. In the world of social media, we have razor-sharp jawlines and striking cheekbones, akin to a movie star.

But the thing is — all of these efforts are futile when it comes to reality. After all, life isn’t a still picture whereby you can manipulate the position and angle at which it is captured. And it’s not like you can suck in your cheeks constantly to maintain that V-shaped face. While exercise might be one of the possible means to get rid of your chubby cheeks or double chin, there is no sure-fire way that they will end up looking exactly like how you want them to be. As such, perhaps it would be more feasible to explore other quicker methods of attaining a sharper looking face and by that, we mean makeup.

Hailed as transformative and life-changing by many, makeup helps to bring out the best in us while downplaying certain aspects of our face that we aren’t the fondest of. It also allows us to unleash our creativity and experiment with different looks. The key is to know which makeup products work best for you and the various makeup techniques.

Understandably, for those who are not very well-versed in makeup, the prospect of using makeup to transform your face can seem daunting and challenging. Contour powder, bronzer and highlighter — there are just so many makeup products that can fulfil your desires for a smaller and well-defined face shape. Hence, it’s not surprising that some people may feel overwhelmed by the numerous choices available and not know where to begin.

If you are feeling that way, fret not. Contrary to belief, it’s much easier than you think. With the right practice and know-how, you will be well on your way to getting that Korean actress worthy v-lined face. Read on for 4 makeup tips on how to create the illusion of a sharper looking face.


The Secret To A Smaller And Well-Defined Face Shape

Behind the success of every makeup look is the presence of a good skincare routine. Therefore, always make sure to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise. This will get rid of dirt, impurities, oil and dead skin cells on your skin and facilitate seamless makeup application. After all, the last thing you want to experience is patchy makeup clinging onto bits of peeling skin.

Asides from that, before jumping headfirst into your makeup routine, it would be good to have a rough idea of what your face shape is. If your jawline is angular and boxy-like, you have a square face shape. On the other hand, if you have a circular and more rounded jawline, you have a round face shape.

With that in mind, here are some ways to achieve a beautiful defined jawline, chin and popping cheekbones through the power of makeup:

Add Shadows And ‘Slim Down’ Your Face With A Contouring Product

Although some people might shudder at the thought of contouring their face due to a fear of accidentally overdoing it and looking like a circus performer — contouring isn’t the complex, rocket science that it may seem to be. The trick is to go for contouring products that are slightly darker than your usual skin tone and remember that moderation is best. Instead of aggressively shading your whole face, lightly swipe some contouring cream or powder in a downward motion from the bottom of your ear to your chin. After which, make sure to thoroughly blend it into your skin with a brush so that it looks more natural and less pigmented. This will help to create the illusion of a well-defined and sharper looking jawline and hide any unsightly flab around your face. Whereas if you wish to conceal your full and rounded cheeks and create an impression of high, sculpted cheekbones, suck in your cheeks and then apply contouring product along the ‘ridge’ that appears on your cheeks all the way to your ears. Also, note that if you have an oblong face, consider contouring underneath your chin instead so as to make your face look less long and narrow.

Work That Highlighter For Luminous Glow

With shadows, come light. Make sure to balance out the shadows created by your contouring efforts by applying highlighter along the bridge of your nose and below it. By doing so, this will aid in bringing about an elongating effect and making your nose look sharper and longer. Also, don’t forget to highlight your cheekbones as well to make them pop.

Shape And Fill Out Your Brows

An often neglected part of several people’s makeup routine, eyebrows are especially important when it comes to attaining that perfect v-line because it helps to frame your face. Fill in any missing areas with an eyebrow pencil and mascara to get thicker and fuller looking eyebrows. Also, if you have a chubby face, perhaps consider drawing your brows in a more curved arch to ‘open up’ your eye area and make your face look slimmer.

Divert Attention With Vibrant Eye Makeup

As the saying goes, ‘the eyes are windows to the soul’, so why not make full use of that by applying vibrant eye makeup? Go for a winged liner look and complete the look by pairing it with shimmery eyeshadow. It is sure to dazzle others and distract them from your weak chin and pudgy cheeks.