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How many of us have secretly wished to change something about the dimension of our faces?  Contouring and highlighting, is a quick, worry free, and best of all, surgery free way to get it done. Below you can read how to contour your face the right way (without looking or feeling cake-y or orange). You will also find a link at the very bottom linking to a fantastic 'How to do it' tutorial video. The most important thing to remember here is to keep it light. You don't want to end up looking like you have grown facial hair or even worse, a woman from TOWIE!

How to slim your face without a doctor!

If you are fan of foundation, you can contour your face with two shades, one that is a bit lighter and one slightly darker than your natural skin tone. Apply the darker colour (a sponge is the best tool) to the fuller areas of your temples and jaw line.

The lighter foundation colour goes under your eyes, on your nose and chin, and across your forehead. A translucent powder over this foundation will set it and not affect the colour. Use a large, fluffy brush to apply the light loose powder; mineral powder foundation is a great multitasker that can be used for contouring and evening out your skin tone at the same time. You’ll be amazed how the subtle use of light and dark colour will transform your face shape right before your very eyes.

As women with lipoedema have to be aware of chemicals in skin products, the growing trend of mineral make up is a Mineral makeup is the latest trend in makeup, and for good reason. It blends in with the skin for a natural look, it is available in a wide range of shades and it can even help heal the skin and offer some SPF protection.
Zinc oxide and titaium dioxide are two of the minerals found in the makeup. Both physically block the sun's rays from penetrating the skin and offer limited sun protection, but an SPF
moisturizer should still be used under the makeup to prevent sun damage. Zinc oxide is also
approved by the FDA as a skin protectant. It can reduce inflammation on the skin help soothe and heal the skin.

According to Alison Raffaele of Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, eyebrows play a key role in setting the stage for an evenly balanced face. “Make sure your eyebrows are in proportion with the rest of your features (eyes, nose and lips)," said Alison.
"Strong eyebrows on a delicate facial structure will appear overwhelming, and thin brows on a strong facial structure will make the face appear larger. Also make sure eyebrows are not too close together or far apart. Balance and proportion is key.”

A round face needs vertical lines to make it appear more oval in shape. Cameron Diaz and Renee Zellwegger are good examples of round faces. Professionals recommend a highly arched brow for rounder faces. The peak should be toward the end of the brow and the tail of the brow should be short. Aim the end of the brow toward the tip of ear. Angled eyebrow lines counteract facial roundness and help to give the face balance.

When applying eye makeup to a round face, remember to apply eye shadow and liner in an outward motion, extending slightly past the natural end of your eyelashes.

•  We shouldn't forget about the lips that are just as important as the eyes. In order to shift the attention from the cheeks it is essential to dress up the lips with a sensual and flattering hue. Plumped lips work miraculously with the face slimming makeup. This can be best achieved if you apply a lipstick shade that complements your skin tone, close to your natural colour and finally add a drop of lip gloss. The shiny look will upgrade your whole appearance.​

"To make a round face appear longer and slimmer, use a bronzer to contour," advises Kaci Harabedian, makeup artist for DuWop Cosmetics.
"Using a large, fluffy brush, apply bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks (if you’re not sure where to apply, sucking in your cheeks helps). Continue dusting the powder on eyelids, along the jaw line, and down the neck to the cleavage. If you’re not a fan of the 'glow' some bronzers tend to leave, you can also use pressed powder in a darker shade than your usual.”
Kaci says you should avoid applying blush on the apples of your cheeks; this can make them appear even more round. Apply the colour towards the back of the cheekbone and up to the temple. Highlighter works well on areas like the tops of cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of the nose and inner corners of eyes, according to Kaci. She says it is important to keep the focus on the center of the face. Highlighters are available in powder, liquid or cream form and are easy to apply. Use a back and forth motion when applying blush or bronzer, not a circular motion, which actually creates more of a round look.



With over 20 years of experience, Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists on the international beauty and fashion circuits, click the photo to be taken to her easy to follow video on how to slim your face...

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