Face Issues: Face Shape
The shape of your face changes as you age. Changes include drooping jowls, saggy brows, baggy eyes, drooping nose, hollow cheeks, wrinkles, creases and an ill-defined jawline. A once heart-shaped or diamond-shaped face may take on a square or rectangular appearance. A round face may look long.
The most dramatic rejuvenation of face shape is brought about by cosmetic surgery – the ‘facelift’ and the ‘nose job’. Facelifts and nose jobs can be performed in several ways—to learn more, visit the section on facelift surgery on page 130 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.
Fat transfer can also be performed to alter face shape.
Minimally invasive and non-surgical techniques to restore a youthful face shape include injectable dermal fillers, injectable wrinkle relaxants, liposuction, ultrasound and laser therapy, and thread lifting. Learn more by visiting the section ‘Face Therapy’, page 105 of ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 1: Face and Skin’.
To help you balance or alter the appearance of your face shape, you can use a number of contouring and highlighting tricks with makeup. Products used to achieve this ‘sculpted and defined’ effect include foundation, blush, bronzers and highlighters. The idea is to paint the bridge of the nose, the tops of the cheekbones, the ‘cupid’s bow’ of the lips, the center of the forehead and the chin, a strip of skin just beneath the eyebrows and any shadowy creases with a light-colored foundation, bronzer or highlighter to make them appear to project forward. A slightly darker shade of foundation is used to paint ‘shadows’ on the undersides of the cheekbones, the eyelid creases, the sides of the nose and the jawline, to make them appear to recede, giving a ‘slimming’ effect.