The desire for a more chiseled face is nothing new in beauty. But in Asia, the demand is a little more specific. Given that most Asians tend to have more rounded or square-shaped faces, it's common for people to want to sculpt their mugs into an oval or V-shape for a softer look. That said, it's not exactly easy to completely change the shape of your face without surgery, but you do have several options to make your features look more defined. Here, we list a few ways to do just that, from the fastest to the most gradual. Read on!
Sporting a strategic 'do is the quickest and most low-maintenance way to achieve the illusion of a more sculpted face. Getting long, layered, and face-framing bangs can help hide your forehead and puffy cheeks, while cutting your locks into layers can give your mug a more elongated shape. Soft, wispy waves can also make the face look less chubby, versus pin-straight locks. Basically, it's all about getting a style that'll frame your face best!
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How you should contour depends on your face shape, but if it's a V-shaped look you want to achieve, pay more attention to your cheek and jaw contour. If you have a more angular or square-shaped face, contour the edge of your jawline to soften the sharp angle there. (Check out our sculpting tutorial with Kiana V. here!) For the round-faced, contour along your jawline and underneath your chin to sharpen that area.
To look slimmer using the strobing technique, use your highlghter or a lighter shade of concealer to highlight under your eyes, the center of your chin and forehead, and your nose bridge. This will focus light on the center of your face and make it appear narrower!
Contouring skin care exists, and they're the perfect alternative for when you can't commit to a treatment or a haircut. Skin Doctors Instant Facelift, for example, is a surgery-free treatment that instantly tones, tightens, and contours the skin, with visible results just minutes after application. It's perfect for special occasions, but it's also safe to use every day!
This wonder serum combines three cosmeceutical strength ingredients in a single cream—Liftensyl LS 9759, Argatensyl, and Easyliance—to visibly firm up, tighten, and smoothen the appearance of fine lines, creases, and wrinkles.
While massages aren't exactly scientifically proven to slim down your face, it can visibly reduce puffiness and make you look less bloated. That's because a good massage can actually drain lymphatic fluid that could have built up on your face, stimulating circulation and bringing your mug's shape back to normal.
Face rollers, like jade rollers and gua shas, are convenient tools for depuffing if you don't have time to visit a facialist. You can also try a manual face massage, which is commonly used in Korea, that's focused on reducing cheek puffiness.
For an extra soothing and moisturizing massage experience, complete the ritual with a soothing moisturizer, like the Deoproce Pure Aloe Soothing Gel 95%, or a facial oil like The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil.
Slimming face treatments like Ultherapy and Thermage are popular among celebrities for achieving a more sculpted face. Ultherapy is a non-invasive laser treatment that boosts your skin's collagen production, and it's famed for helping define the jawline. Results often develop within a span of three to six months so be patient!
Thermage is non-invasive as well, but it uses bulk heating to stimulate collagen and help tighten and lift the skin. It can sculpt a naturally round face or reduce the appearance of a double chin or sagging skin caused by aging or weight loss. Like Ultherapy, the effects come gradually and improve overtime!
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