Makeup Artist's Secrets- Face Shape Makeup Tips

Maybe you don't think you have the "perfect" facial structure. Well, guess what? You do! Face shape makeup tips are instrumental in helping you emphasize your favorite traits and minimize your least favorite. You're beautiful and with just a few simple tricks you can look your very best.

The Tools

First, it's important to have the correct tools. One of the staples in your toolbox should be color correcting concealors. Concealors don't just conceal; they also neutralize and balance the skin tone. This helps when you apply foundation because you don't have to use so much to "cover"; your color correcting concealor has already done most of the work.

For instance, mauve or light pink corrector can brighten and conceal dull skin tones. Pale green is used to balance ruddiness. Light yellow corrects under eye circles and other purplish/blue discolorations.

This article is focused on the use of concealors to change the shape of the face. Concealors in brown, tan, taupe, and even ivory can help adjust facial features by lengthening, filling out, and brightening skin. Using a mixture of light and dark concealors (or foundations) can create almost any illusion you like from fuller cheeks to a smaller nose.

The key is to blend, blend, blend. Always remember to apply with a light hand and blend well. If you are using a variety of foundation shades to achieve your look the light foundation should only be 1 or 2 shades lighter and the dark foundation should be no more than 2 shades darker than your usual foundation color.

Face Shape Makeup Tips

Working with your natural facial structure and shape will ensure your final appearance is its very best. Find your facial shape below.
  • Oval: This is the "ideal" facial shape. With the use of dark and light concealors every facial shape can be made to resemble an oval. Oval faces need darker foundation applied at the forehead and chin to balance it with the width.

  • Trapezoidal: This facial shape requires refining the lower part of the face with a darker concealor. Use a light corrector at the temple. This will bring the focus to the middle of the face, making it appear more narrow and longer.

  • Rectangular or Square: Correct both of these shapes with darker foundation at the four corners (top, bottom, and both sides). Blending outward will help redefine the sharp corners into more of a curve, giving your face a softer dimension.

  • Triangular: The triangular face can use darker foundation at the chin. When blended will the chin will appear shorter, taking away the triangular shape. Apply darker foundation at the temples, which will bring the focus towards the middle of the face. Using light foundation along the jawline will give more balance and depth.

  • Round: Round faces only need a small amount of darker foundation applied at the temples and around the lower face. Doing so will give the illusion of a more elongated face.
Balancing Your Features

Face shape makeup tips should also include how to disguise and emphasize specific features. Many people use these tips to make their noses appear longer, their chins more rounded, and their cheeks fuller.
  • Prominent Chin: Applying a little darker foundation right on the tip of your chin, and blending well, will reduce the severity of your chin.

  • Double Chin: If you have a double chin blend a darker foundation right on the double chin in order to bring the two together to create a single chin.

  • Long Nose: Think your nose is too long? Apply darker foundation right on the tip and blend well. Viola! Your nose appears shorter.

  • Broad Nose: Broad noses are easily adjusted with darker foundation applied down each side of the nose and blended really, really well.

  • Short Nose: Short noses need a light application of light foundation along the whole top of the nose. This will give it a less defined edge and help it to appear less short.

  • Narrow Nose: Widen a narrow nose by applying a light foundation down each side of the nose and blend well. It is the opposite application as for a broad nose.

  • Crooked Nose: A crooked nose is the hardest. Apply dark foundation on the crooked side to minimize it, and then apply light foundation on the opposite side. This creates balance and the illusion of a straight nose.
Face shape makeup tips are some of the most useful tips you can have in your arsenal. Use them to look your very best while still looking like you.