Summer is just a few months away, and swimsuits will soon take center stage at most retail stores. How many of us have tried dieting to shed some of that winter weight for the sake of looking great this summer? How many of our diets have been successful and how many have failed? Dieting is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Even with diet and exercise, the pounds often don’t come off as quickly as we’d like. The dieting industry makes a lot of money off of those who want to look thinner and fast. Sure, expensive quick fixes can sometimes work, but they are far from being the only option available. There are plenty of ways to look 10 to 15 pounds thinner in a matter of days, even a couple of hours. How is that possible?
We found eight tricks to make yourself look thinner, without having to lose weight. What are these magical ways and how can they make you look like you’ve really shed the pounds? Here’s our list starting with the hair on the top of your head as a surefire way to make your face and figure appear slimmer.
Long Hair With Highlights
One of the most slimming effects that we put to use on a daily basis is vertical lines. Vertical lines draw the eyes and up and down, which creates a longer and leaner perception. This trick is normally used in clothing, but you can also use it in your hair. Create vertical interest by highlighting your hair, a trick that is even more helpful if you have long hair.
Some of us were born with round faces; growing your hair to longer lengths helps to elongate a round face. Having short hair and a bob hairstyle will only make your face look even rounder, especially if you don’t have curly hair. Waves, highlights and curls will all be your best friend to help create a more slender looking face. Having sleek and long locks are the two biggest tools you can use and are probably the easiest. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to have hair down to your ankles to benefit from this trick.
Even if you are not overweight, you may still feel that your face is too round in shape. Double chins can pop up on even the thinnest people. Why? Double chins are considered to be more of a skin problem than a weight problem. One way to avoid a double chin or the appearance of full, puffy cheeks is by getting an electric facial, which have recently grown in popularity.
If you don’t have large bones around the muscles that give the appearance of a very thin face, then the muscles themselves can do the trick for you— with the help of an electric facial. Electric facials target these muscles and make them increase in size around your jawline, mouth and cheeks; giving the appearance of a much thinner face.
Contouring is a trick that can easily be done each day as part of your beauty routine. Stars like Kim Kardashian swear by it. People have been using contour lines for a long time, so why doesn’t contouring work for everyone? There is a certain way that you should contour your cheekbones to make you look thinner. Sometimes, women contour the wrong areas on their face, which only makes their cheeks look bigger instead of smaller.
For the optimal effect, find the very center of your cheek and use a bronzing powder or even a blush that is much darker than your skin color. From there, gently sweep the contour from your cheeks to the tops of your ears and then lightly dust the area under your jaw. This will help to better accentuate your cheekbones and jawline, making your face look much thinner overall.
Some people swear by endermologie while others avoid it like the plague. There are certainly a lot of detractors that claim that it does very little or does not work at all in reducing cellulite. Regardless, it works for some but not for others. Even if it does not get rid of your cellulite, its results can help you to look thinner. How? Endermologie gets rid of some of your body’s excess water weight.
After a few sessions of endermologie, your skin will be much tighter; making you look thinner and toned without having to spend hours at the gym. If you have the extra money lying around, endermologie can be helpful, but know that it will take more than one session (which can get pricey) to see the desired results.
The body wrap process has been even more controversial than endermologie. Like with endermologie, the feedback and results vary. Many people will tell you that body wraps have helped them drop a few sizes in a hurry, but there is a good chance that very little, if any, fat is actually lost. Regardless, these body wraps will make you look thinner, no matter what. Similar to the endermologie process, body wraps help to eliminate water weight.
Body wraps are a temporary fix to make you appear slimmer, but are not a long term alternative to working out and eating right. The weight that people lose from body wraps can come back really quickly simply by drinking a few bottles of water, which means that this is a quick-fix solution when you need to look thinner the same day. This is a good trick to use when you know you will be taking a lot of photos or have to fit in a special outfit for a big event.
Earlier we discussed contouring to make your face look thinner, but you can also use contouring to make your body look thinner. Instead of using makeup, this type of contouring uses spray tanner (which is much safer than hopping into a tanning bed or lying under the sun for extended periods). This is also a temporary fix as the spray tan will go away after a couple of days, so you will need multiple sessions.
Contour tanning works by making it appear as though you are more toned than you really are. Some people have almost no ab muscles to speak of, but contour tanning can make it look like they have a six pack ready to pop out of their torso. From your arms and legs to even your face, you can appear much slimmer with the help of contour tanning, without having to worry about any harmful chemicals.
Having flat hair without much color will draw unflattering attention to your face and make it appear much rounder than it really is. As we mentioned before, adding highlights to long hair gives a vertical effect that makes your face look slimmer. Increasing the volume of your hair will make your face look smaller in comparison to your hair. People who have curly hair often complain about their genetic luck, but it can really help to make one’s face look thinner.
How do you add volume to your hair? Begin by increasing the volume around the crown of your head, which helps to make your face look narrow and long. Short hair and a round face is a bad combination that should be avoided at all costs; unfortunately, some have made that mistake only to admit that their head ended up looking like a basketball. So, the more you can poof out your hair and the longer you can grow it, the better off you will be.
If you want to know how some actresses in their 40’s look younger than women in their 30’s, it is because of a little secret known as face-lift tape. Most people have never heard of face-lift tape, and those who have are apprehensive about it because they think that the tape will be visible. We have great news! The best face-lift tape is invisible and can easily be hidden under the hair on the back of your head.
Face-lift tape tightens the excess skin that forms around your jawline; which really accentuates the bones on your face. Whenever you are in front of the camera, double chins and excess skin are faux paus, which is why so many celebs use face-lift tape to avoid embarrassment. If face-lift tape is good enough for the A-Listers in Hollywood, then it should be good enough for you too.