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. Ahead, we list a few ways to do just that, from the fastest to the most gradual:
1. Change your haircut.
A haircut is the quickest and most low-maintenance way to achieve the illusion of a more tapered face. Getting long layered bangs the sweep your cheekbones will hide your wide forehead and puffy cheeks, while cutting your locks into layers can give your mug a more elongated shape. Basically, it's all about getting a style that'll frame your face best! (Check out more slimming hairstyle ideas here!)
2. Contour and highlight your face.
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 square-shaped face, contour the edge of your jawline to soften the sharp angle there. For the round-faced, contour along your jawline and underneath your chin to sharpen that area. You can see our full contouring guide for every face shape here for a better visual!
For highlighting, use 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!
BYS Contour and Highlight Stick, P499, Beauty Beat
3. Try slimming face treatments.
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!
4. Use sculpting skincare.
Contouring skincare exists, and they're the perfect alternative for when you can't commit to a treatment or a haircut. Clarins' V Shaping Facial Lift Serum, for one, is a popular shaping serum that depuffs, slims, and lifts the skin to define the contours of your face. It was recently reformulated with organic agropyron, a plant that holds soil with its roots and stems and helps prevent erosion. On the skin, it boosts collagen and maintains that lifted look. Clarins recommends applying it with a face massage to boost its effects.
CLARINS V-Shaping Facial Lift, P5150, Rustan's
5. Face Massage
While massages aren't scientifically proven for slimming 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.
JADE ROLLER BEAUTY Jade Beauty Roller, P2365, Sephora.ph