Is there any product that can make me look less jowl-y?
I just saw some recent pictures of myself and see jowls that weren't there before. Short of plastic surgery, is there any way to minimize their appearance? Countouring makeup? Firming creams? Exercise??
Here are a few more suggestions for you:
If you'd like a treatment which can be used on the face as well, try:
Cold Plasma uses technology developed in partnership w/ NASA which truly targets the skin cells that need extra help. The DMAE in the product also works wonderfully for immediately firming the skin. My skin is combination so I can use this as my moisturizer.
I've also listed some tips on contouring, including products:
• Benefit Hoola (bronze) Item # 513234
• MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit #2 (medium neutral brown/ cream) Item # 1152057
• Guerlain Terracotta Mineral Flawless Bronzing Powder in 02 Medium (matte warm golden tan)
Item # 1153626
Contour with the Sephora Professionnel Angled Blush Brush #40. Use the brush to draw a 3 along the face (around top of forehead, middle of cheeks, and jawline) and then an E (same process, other side of the face). Blend well. By contouring underneath the cheekbones, you help to give them a more hollowed look which will make your face/ cheeks look less round. For added definition, contour under the jawline to slim this area.
You can also contour along the sides of the nose if desired, and a great pro tip is to contour along the edge of the bottom ears to enhance this sculpted look.
If you want a makeup solution, then contouring is your best bet. Choose a matte powder that is about 2 to 4 shades darker than your natural skintone. You can also use your bronzer (as long as it contains no shimmer).
Apply the contouring shade under your jaw line and blend down (and a little up, just so there are no harsh edges). I suggest also applying the contour shade to the hallows of your cheeks (if you sucked your cheeks in, the part that gets sucked in is your hallow of your cheek). Or do the "3 E" going from the top of your forehead, to the hallow of your cheek and down to the jaw line (like you would apply bronzer). Play around to find what works for you!
When contouring you should also highligh to balance out your face. If you want to keep it easy and draw attention to the top of your face (away from the jaw line) you can apply your highlight shade to the tops of your cheekbones, brow bone, and inner corner of your eye.
Addittionally, here are some non-makeup tips to help you pose best in a photo to reduce that problem area:
* Do the "Up Down" - pull your head up and a little forward before tilting your chin down. You may feel a little like a turtle, but in a photo it will look great.
* Do the "Head Held High" - pull your head up and your chin up and forward.
* And in general, be sure the person taking your photo is above your eyeline - not below!
I hope this helped!