It’s that time of year—we love to eat, drink and be merry at night, then whine about how fat and puffy we look in the morning. It’s a vicious cycle and, while there’s obviously a more important conversation to have on how brutally we pick ourselves apart, I just want to give a few quick and easy tips on how to make your face look thinner. I’ve written countless articles on the topic over the years, most recently this Sneaky Slimming Beauty Tips for MSN’s Glo.com, and have my tried and true go-tos. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro at contouring. Actually, you barely even need to use a makeup brush!
Bronzer is your best friend when it comes to defining your features and looking a little thinner. Just how black clothes can minimize the silhouette of your body, bronzer can shave off the appearance of a few pounds on your face. First, it’s a good idea to use a moisturizer that has a little bit of self-tanner in it to give you a natural sun-kissed look. Check out Best Anti-Aging Glotions: Self-Tanner + Face Lotion for my favorite picks. (Even better if you do this the night before so you wake up glowing.) Then, all you really need is a cream palette like this Laura Mercier Bonne Mine, $48, which celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada, turned me onto during a recent interview for Self magazine. It has the perfect cream bronzer to use under your cheekbones (make a fishy face and then tap it right underneath the cheekbones), then tap a little right at your temples (where it’s sunken in a little), and along your jawbone, blending it down your neck to create a more slimming shadow effect. Then, make a big smile and dab the peachy color just on the apples of your cheeks. Finally, dab the shimmery champagne color along your brow bones and down the bridge of your nose. All of this adds up to a lot of shadow play that gives your face more dimension and definition, hence a slimmer appearance. Then, I swirl a very sheer light bronzer all over to blend it in and be done with it. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $51, is a moisturizing powder formula, so it doesn’t streak and blends in effortlessly. Finally, I stick with a sheer peachy lip gloss to look evenly radiant all over. Oh, and go for a deep side-sweeping part which minimizes the width of your face. Ta da!
P.S. I ate a chocolate bar while I wrote this. Befitting, no?
P.P.S. 100% of the profits from the sale of Laura Mercier Bonne Mine will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Their mission is to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer. Bravo!