If your face is longer than it is wide, you’re in good company. Many celebrities have this face shape too, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba. Using a few makeup and hair styling tricks can make a long and narrow face appear rounder and create a younger-looking appearance.
Groom Your Eyebrows
Properly shaped eyebrows create the right frame for your face. To play against your face’s vertical shape, you need to create a longer, horizontal brow, Cynthia Chua, owner of Browhaus salon, tells Daily Makeover. Do this by using an eyebrow pencil to fill in brows to create a flat, straight brow shape.
Lash Out With Mascara
Drawing attention to the center of a long-shaped face helps it to appear rounder, by distracting focus from a high forehead or longer chin. Apply a lengthening mascara on top lashes only, focusing especially on the lashes in the center of each eye’s arch, celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern advises on YouBeauty. Using sheer, lighter colors of eye makeup can also help make your overall look less severe.
Get Cheeky With Blush
Blush is a useful beauty tool for making a long face appear rounder. Plump up your cheeks by starting your blush application right under the pupils of eyes, suggests professional makeup artist Melissa Walsh on Makeup.com. Use the blush applicator to blend color out to the middle of cheeks in a semi-circle or straight line, to create the illusion of a shorter face.
Wear the Right Hairstyle
Voluminous hair is great for balancing a long face, hair salon owner Sally Hershberger tells “Cosmopolitan” magazine. Don’t feel limited to wild and curly hairstyles, though. Any style that adds volume at the sides of your face will make a long face appear rounder. If curls aren’t your thing, try a side-swept bang or create Gisele-like waves with a curling iron to add width to your face. Full bangs can also shorten a high forehead and widen the face. However, avoid styles that are extra-long, extra-short or add volume on top, which can make your face look even longer.
References and ResourcesDaily Makeover: The Best Brows for Your Face Shape
YouBeauty: Makeup for Long Face Shapes
Makeup.com: The MDC Guide to Applying Blush for Your Face Shape
Cosmopolitan: 7 Hot Hairstyles for Long Faces