Tired of fussing over your hair in an effort to downplay a high or wide forehead? A few simple makeup tricks can keep the focus below the brow — and on your sexiest features, like your eyes, lips or cheekbones. None of these tricks requires a complete makeover, so you can try them out while still maintaining your own fierce style that makes you uniquely beautiful.
Brigthen Those Eyes
Draw the focus away from the forehead with bold eye makeup. Junior Renteria, National Makeup Artist for Rain Cosmetics, recommends playing with bolder colors to keep the attention on your gorgeous eyes. This doesn't mean you have to resort to neon colors: smoky tones that are well layered and accented by eyeliner and mascara will also do the trick.
Contour and Conceal
You can balance out a high forehead with a little bronzer to make your face look better proportioned. Beauty Director of Elizabeth Grant Skincare, Margot Grant Witz, suggests using a matte bronzer powder to contour along your hairline in a shade darker than your skin tone. "Keep the rest of the face neutral, and balance the contouring with a swipe of the same bronzer on your cheek bones and chin to play up a beautiful glow the rest of your face," Witz says.
Boost the Brows
If you're feeling a little self-conscious about the width of your forehead, look to your eyebrows for a quick fix. Debra Davenport, image consultant and director of the Davenport Institute, says that eyebrows must be substantial enough to provide a "visual break" between the eyes and the hairline, so don't overpluck. Instead, fill in eyebrows to take up more space on the face. Highlight them with an illuminating shadow to keep the focus below the brow bone.
Find the Right 'Do
Of course, amping up your hairstyle is the easiest way to camouflage your forehead, and finding the right style can yield great results when combined with the right makeup. Work with your hair stylist to develop a look that suits the shape of your face. Witz recommends incorporating basic hair tricks like trendy bangs, choppy layers and face-framing highlights in order to help break up an elongated face and maintain balance.