8 Makeup Tricks That Slim Your Face Instantly

They’re easy, effective and don’t require dieting.

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Focus on the Apples

You’ve most likely heard this blush tip 101: “Applying blush directly to the apples of your cheeks will make your cheeks appear fuller and more youthful,” says Lori Leib, Bodyography creative director and professional makeup artist. But to create the look of a slimmer face, Leib says apply blush to the UPPER apples of your cheeks and slightly around your temples.


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Go for Muted Tones

Turn to a muted-tone bronzer or powder to sculpt your face under your cheekbones, jawline and around your forehead. “A muted tone will create the look of shadows found naturally,” Leib says.


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Less Is More

Although contouring-focused Instagram snaps may tell us differently, when it comes to using makeup to create angles and definition, the key, according to celebrity makeup artist Valerie Star, is less is more. “When trying to create slimming features, contouring is a key factor, but it’s something that can be accomplished with cream products that are applied correctly and blended into the skin to illuminate your natural beauty—it doesn't have to be overdone.”


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Start Your Foundation in the Middle

Star says it’s smart to apply a minimal amount of your foundation, keeping the majority of the product throughout the middle of your face (starting at your nose) and thoroughly blending the foundation outward. “This will help to eliminate any kind of a foundation-mask look because the most sheer amount of product is around the exterior of your face.”


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Conquer Contouring

We said no crazy contouring techniques required for this tip list, but Star says all you need to create a serious contouring effect is a cream-based product that is two-to-three shades darker than your natural complexion. “Apply to the hollows of your cheek starting at your hairline near the top of your ear and tapper the intensity down, stopping just before the apples of your cheeks below the middle of your eye. Without loading the brush with more product, apply a minimal amount of contour color above the arch of your brow, up to your hair line. Now in a circular motion with a blending brush, blend, blend and blend again.”


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Say Hello to Highlighting

Once you have set the contoured makeup, you can highlight where needed, Star says. “Using a fan brush with a little highlight, apply a very minimal amount to your upper cheekbone area, just above the outer area of your eyebrow and the Cupid's bow. This is going to bring focus to the highest points of your face and help in creating the illusion of a thinner face.”


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Use Bronzer to Your Benefit

According to e.l.f. global artistic director, Achelle Dunaway, instantly slimming your face is as easy as adding a little bronzer to create natural shadows to sculpt your features for definition. "Focus on areas like the hollow of your cheeks to create more pronounced cheekbones, and adding bronzer on the sides of your nose to create the illusion that it’s slimmer, or bronzer on the bottom of your jaw to instantly create a lift and slenderize."

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Finish Off With a Mist

To top it all off once your makeup is done, a great way to set the look is to mist with a rosewater spray. “This will take away any kind of a powdery look, add hydration and set the makeup,” Star says. 


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