A double chin be a real buzzkill to any selfie, Zoom call or glance in the mirror. Regardless of our weight, our lower face begins to lose elasticity as we age, leaving a lax under-chin area to become more and more noticeable.
While facial massages and potent skin-care products can definitely be helpful in tightening up the area, sometimes time—and drastic results—is of the essence, and that’s where the magic of makeup comes in. Here, top tips from the professionals on how to master a chiseled-looking profile in minutes.
Focus on the jawline
To camouflage a double chin, celebrity makeup artist Toby Fleischman suggests creating a defined jawline by dusting off our contouring skills.
“Even for those who are a bit anxious about trying, this skill can easily deliver great results,” she explains. “I like to use RCMA Makeup creams to contour the chin area, because I find it easier to apply, and most importantly, easier to blend, which is the key here.”
“Whatever you use to contour the face, be sure to go just below the chin on the underside, make a triangle shape to the left and right, and blend back and down to create a subtle shadow,” says Melissa Mangrum, professional makeup artist and VaultBeauty ambassador. “This will make a double chin less noticeable.”
Don’t neglect the rest of your face
To keep your contour looking seamless and well-blended, celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek advises extending your look to other areas of the face to keep the look balanced and blended. “Make sure to blend the contour around the jawline to the ears,” Sesnek tells us. “Don’t just stop at the chin area, because this really does unify the entire jawline and the overall look.”
Celebrity makeup artist Lindsey Forrest adds that you’ll want to include your neck in your contouring look, too, as neglecting this area can also make your overall look appear quite incomplete. “Bringing your makeup down the neck helps perfect discoloration in the neck area, and shapes this area of the body,” she says.
Use the right formula
“My best tip for camouflaging a double chin is to use a matte bronzer—matte formulas shade and correct—around the jawline, and blending it down onto the neck,” explains Forrest. “Anything with shimmer is more enhancing and reflects light. If it is used on the double chin, it will almost always enhance the problem rather than hide it.”
If you have a bit more contouring experience under your belt, celebrity makeup artist Sandy Linter recommends using a stick-based product to help create a more contoured chin, as these products allow you to control how much product you use and allow you to contour key features quickly. Her favorite: MAC Studio Fix Foundation Stick, “which is a bit more incredible than the powders,” she says.
Perfect your shade
Because contouring requires sculpting the face with a darker shade of makeup, Mangrum advises doing so by selecting a shade of makeup two shades darker than the one you already use to create a shadow. This makes the chin a lot less noticeable as a result, she says.
“My biggest tip to hide a double chin is to create a shadow right under the jawline with a darker shade of makeup,” Mangrum tells us.
Blend, then blend some more
Blending is a key part to any contouring look, as you’ll want to make sure any highlighter and bronzer you use is evenly applied. While a makeup sponge can be helpful when it comes to foundation, Linter advises using a buffing bronzer brush to camouflage a double chin, as these sturdy brushes are designed for heavy-blending purposes.
“Your makeup brush should be on the larger and stronger side to get the job done,” Linter explains. “Go strong with makeup application because this kind of brush will blend it down to a natural shadowing effect.”
Trick the eye away from the chin
Believe it or not, hiding a double chin isn’t limited to the jawline and neck, as celebrity makeup artist Lisa Freshman says you’ll also want to hone in on other parts of the face to help your look stand out.
“Focusing on the eye and cheek areas diverts attention from the chin area,” she tells us. “Eyes can be shadowed subtly and lined to make the eyes pop, while cheeks can be highlighted upwardly.”
Similarly, Freshman adds that the lip area can also be helpful draw attention away from a double chin, as bolder lip colors can easily allow the lips to become the focal point of the face. “Lip color should be bold—think bold reds, browns and pink—to draw attention to that area, and away from the focal point of the chin.”
Remember: Practice makes perfect
Much like mastering a smokey eye for the first time, the idea of contouring can seem scary and intimidating to makeup novices. However, no matter the makeup skill level, Sesnek advises not letting fear or hesitation hold you back, as you’ll only get better at contouring by practicing it often.
“Practice, practice, and practice some more,” he says. “Contouring can be scary and intimidating, but it makes all the difference in person and photos. Also, it gets much easier once you get the hang of it.”
Or, nix the makeup altogether
If you’re looking to sculpt your chin without any makeup, Emmy-winning celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor offers up his own camouflaging hack, perfect fur use during your next video call.
“Simply put a pillow behind your lower back when you’re sitting, so it will encourage you to lean forward,” Sotomayor explains. “Not only does it shift your body language so you’re more engaged in the conversation, but it also lifts your chin, and proportions your body in a more flattering way in the camera.”
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