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Giving structure to face
March 9, 2014, 3:11 pm

If you have gained a couple of kilos in recent months or you feel your naturally round face makes you look heavier, here are a few ideas to give your face a trimmer appearance.

Wear long earrings: Draw attention away from your face with eye-catching earrings, especially long, dangling ones. While hoops that go through the ears will do the trick, avoid those that hang below ears.

Tease your crown: You can slim a round face by adding slight volume in the crown. To create height at the top of your head, lightly tease the hair near the crown, brushing from ends to roots with a wide-tooth comb. As for the rest of your hair, keep it smooth and past your shoulders for a sleeker look. Go Darker: Highlights framing your face can actually make it appear rounder. Lighter tones open up the face, making it appear wider, while darker tones are slimming. So keep the strands closest to your face a shade or two darker than the others. Choose face-framing lowlights and place subtle highlights near the crown, which will call attention away from the sides of your face.

Contour with makeup: Use contouring powder for this face-slimming trick: Lightly shade the jawbone, sides of the nose and temples with only a hint of product. It should be barely noticeable. To get the right amount of shading, avoid unnatural lighting when you apply it.

Mid-height ponytail: Match the ponytail height to the tips of your cheekbones for the best faux-facelift effect. Use a non-slip elastic hair holder and tame fly-aways for a more put-together look.Also, longer layers downplay a rounder shape while soft side bangs create a natural frame around the face.

Create cat-eyes: A cat-eye helps elongate the lash line and eye shape in an outward and upward direction, drawing attention to  corners of eyes, making your face look leaner.  Highlight your eyes with a dark-colored eye pencil, smudge it slightly around the lash line and apply a light layer of eye shadow. Then, sweep a darker shadow above the crease, following the natural curve of your eye.

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