8 Beauty Tricks That Make Your Face Look Thinner

Updated 04/22/19

While you've already mastered contouring, highlighting, and other well-known tricks to sculpt your face, there a ton of other (more under-the-radar) options to test out as well. From hair color to makeup tricks to Botox (no judgment!), we're dishing on the most effective secrets we've learned from the beauty elite.

We already talked flattering haircuts that make your face look thinner (stay away from blunt lines), and now we're bringing you everything you need to know in terms of makeup and styling products that'll help you learn how to make your face look thinner. Keep reading because we're about to let you in on all our very best secrets to tone and slim your face.

1. Ask for Lowlights

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Dark shades slim out your face, while lighter highlights actually make it appear wider. Add some lowlights along the strands closest to your face and use brighter hues on the tips of your hair and crown of your head. The best part? Ombré is still very much in style, and your new hair will look cool and work to make your face look thinner.

2. Try a Facial Massage

Georgia Louise Lift + Sculpt Butterfly Stone $75

Waking up puffy and bloated can immediately effect your face. Drink a ton of water before bed (especially if you've recently gone ham on pizza or a delicious burger), and give a facial massage a go come morning. By using the contours of this butterfly-shaped quartz stone, you can massage and sculpt your jawline and cheekbones as well as drain away puffiness from under your eyes. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting it right.

3. Apply Blush Correctly

RMS Lip2Cheek in Spell $36

The placement of your blush (as well as the shade) is paramount when it comes to slimming your face. Look for a product with a slight brown undertone to show off the contours on your face without going full contour—a red undertone can often round out your face. Instead of applying to the apples of your cheeks, brush the brush just under your cheekbones up to the middle of each ear.

4. Accessorize With Earrings

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This is perhaps the easiest way to elongate your face. Long, dangly earrings draw the eye to the length of your neck rather than the roundness of your face. And, of course, they're pretty glamorous with a glossy pink lip (try Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow, $33).

5. Practice Your Cat-Eye Liner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner $22

Playing up your eyes draws attention away from the rest of your face. A precise feline flick is just the thing to add sophistication to your makeup look and make your face look slimmer to boot. Eyeko's thin-tipped liner makes it almost impossible to mess up (and just as easy to fix).

6. Give Your Roots a Lift

Kérastase Volume in Powder $37

Adding volume to your hair instantly elongates your face. To create height, grab a root-lifting product and section off the hair around your crown. Spray along the part and tease underneath, back-combing from your ends to your roots. Then, smooth the top of your hair and voilà! The higher the hair, the thinner face.

7. Arch Your Brows

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift $30

The arch in your brows will help lift your face (or make it look wider). Have a professional create a bit more of an angular arch to nicely frame your face and slim it out instantly. Also, make sure not to over-tweeze. Patchy, thin brows will work in the opposite way and round out the look of your face.

8. Consider Botox


David Shafer, MD, a New York–based plastic surgeon, offers a bit more invasive (but long-lasting) solution. "Botox is a fantastic treatment for slimming the jawline," Shafer explains. "A few injections on either side of the jaw helps thin the masseter muscle, which, if untreated, can cause bulk in the lower face."

Looking for more beauty advice? Here's how beauty editors keep dark circles and puffiness at bay.

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