A "cleft chin," also commonly known as a "dimple chin" or "butt chin," refers to the Y-shaped dimple some people have in the middle of their chins. This genetic trait is often considered a sign of beauty, however, if you'd prefer to reduce the appearance of your cleft chin, you can do so using a few simple makeup tricks.
Prepping the Chin
Before you apply any makeup, you need to prep the area accordingly.
- First, cleanse, tone, and moisturize as you usually would.
- Then invest in a wrinkle filler product that contains calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid gel or collagen. Try RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler, which has a specifically designed formula that offers immediate results.
Apply this wrinkle filler directly to your chin dimple and it will naturally expand to fill the area. Let it dry before you apply makeup.
Applying makeup to your cleft chin won't make it go away completely, but it will make it less prominent if you take the following steps.
- First, use a makeup wand or sponge to apply concealer that matches your skin tone over the wrinkle filler. Then use a small amount to blend outward to make the chin area look more smooth and even on the surface. For a product that truly lasts, try Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Concealer. It comes in a range of different shades and survives the whole day after just one application.
- Once your concealer is in place, grab some translucent powder, like Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Gently dab the powder over the area using a powder brush or puff. This will set the concealer for all-day wear.
- Finally, apply a foundation that is a couple of shades darker than your actual skin tone. Go through your chin, along your jawline and under your chin, for the maximum effect. This will absorb light and make your cleft chin less noticeable. Make sure you choose a thick or creamy formula that isn't too shiny or oily, like Clinique's Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, so that it won't draw focus to the area. Also, use a small and fluffy brush as it allows you to dust the foundation on lightly and then build it up as much as is necessary for the required look.
Other Ways to Reduce Cleft Chins
If your cleft chin is still too prominent for your liking, there are other makeup tricks you can use to reduce its appearance even further.
Play up your eyes so that all attention is drawn there rather than to your chin. It's a bit of an optical illusion, but it's one that works.
- For instance, create color-popping eyeshadow looks using an eyeshadow palette, like the Hudabeauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette. Opt for a light, neutral base hue to sweep over your eyelid and up toward your brow bone using the fluffy end of the brush provided in the palette. Then use a darker, contrasting hue with the other end of the brush (which is smaller and more compact) in the outer corners of each eye and in the crease. Complete your eye makeup by choosing a vibrant color for the middle of both lids to make them truly stand out.
- For added drama, finish off the whole aesthetic with volume-enhancing mascara and eyebrow definition powder, such as Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara and the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade.
Bold matte liquid lips also draw attention away from your chin.
- The brighter the hues involved, the better! If you're unsure which color to opt for, red is classic, timeless, and suits all skin tones.
- Simply draw around your lips using a pigmented liner, like the M.A.C. Cosmetics Ruby Woo Lip Pencil, and then fill in your lines with the matching Ruby Woo Retro Matte Lipstick.
Finding What Suits
It's easy and simple to minimize the appearance of your cleft chin with just a few basic makeup techniques. Merely play around with different products and shades to find out what works for you. And, like with anything in life, practice makes perfect.