8 Beauty Tricks That Make Your Face Look Thinner

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While you've already mastered contouring, highlighting, and other well-known tricks to sculpt your face, there are 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 to lengthen your face.

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.

Meet the Expert

David Shafer, MD, a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon based in New York City.

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Ask for Lowlights



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.

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Try a Facial Massage

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Pink Moon Self-Care Head to Toe Gua Sha Set $115

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—salt can cause face puffiness), and give a facial massage a go come morning. Here's a step-by-step guide to getting it right. Not only does this help de-puff your face, it's also a relaxing nighttime routine. Simply grab your favorite serum and start your at-home facial.

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Apply Blush Correctly

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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.

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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).

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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).

For the perfect cat eye, start with a thin liner at the inner corner and give it a slight flick toward the end of your eye. For beginners, it may be easier to draw where you want your wing first, then fill it in and line the rest of your eye.

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Give Your Roots a Lift

Kérastase Volume in Powder $28

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.

A sleek updo can have a similar effect. Pull your hair into a high ponytail or bun to draw eyes up your face.

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Arch Your Brows

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Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil $45

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. Filling in brows can create a frame for your face, making it appear thinner.

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Consider Botox

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David Shafer, MD, 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."

Fillers can also add volume to places you want to look a bit more sculpted. Some people opt to create higher looking cheekbones or a more sculpted jawline. Of course, always talk with a professional about what will work best for you before going in for your procedure.

Looking for more beauty advice? Here's the best eye creams to keep dark circles and puffiness at bay.

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