Makeup Tips for a Round Face

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For women with a round face shape, using makeup properly can help elongate and minimize the roundness. You can bring out your natural beauty with the right techniques.

Six Easy Makeup Tips for a Round Face

Not every woman with a round face is looking to minimize the roundness; however, for women who want sculpted cheekbones and a more elongated appearance, using makeup can create the illusion of an oval-shaped face.

Following a few of these tips can help round-faced women achieve a sophisticated look for day or night.

Bring Out Lighter Areas

Make sure that you draw attention to light colors on the center of your face. The lighter areas on your face are more prominent, so you'll want to bring out your nose, chin, and center forehead. You'll need two different colors of foundation to create the elongated illusion. One shade should be your exact match and the other should be just one shade darker. Dot the lighter foundation on the center of your forehead, down the center of your nose, and on your chin. Blend well.

Use Dark Colors to Recede

To create those high cheekbones, place darker colors on areas you want to recede into the background, such as your jawline. Using the foundation that's one shade darker, dot it on your temples beneath the fullest part of your cheeks and along the jawline. This way, these areas of your face are less prominent, making it appear longer. Make sure you blend your foundation, including blurring the lines between the two different colors of base.

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Apply Face Powder on Lighter Areas

After you apply foundation, use a fluffy makeup brush to apply face powder on lighter areas. Mineral powders have an iridescent quality that will place extra emphasis on the lighter parts of your face, bringing them out even more.

face powder being applied near eye

Focus the Attention Elsewhere

Now you can choose which part of your face you want the focus to be on. If you wear a light-colored lipstick and apply a coat or two of clear gloss on top, you continue to place emphasis down the center of your face. However, don't feel you have to forgo red lipstick if that's your favorite. Anytime you focus on your lips is great for the elongating illusion.

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Use the Correct Blush

Blush should be placed on the apples of your cheeks, so make sure you choose a light-colored blush. This brings your cheeks to the forefront and makes the area under your cheeks recede more, which is what you want if you're trying to create a high-cheekboned appearance.

woman wearing blush makeup

Contour if Appropriate

Contouring can be a rather tricky technique to master. It often looks quite bold and dramatic and is therefore better suited to smart casual or formal occasions. If you're heading out in the daytime or to a casual affair, simply use the gentle foundation tips above for a subtle and natural look.

woman face with contour makeup

Find What Works for You

Just because you have a round face doesn't mean you have to spend all of your time and energy creating a different face shape if you don't want to. However, you can take years off your face if you do your makeup right. You may need to practice some of these techniques first before wearing them out in public, so make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to experiment and find out what you like.

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Makeup Tips for a Round Face