The best makeup looks for round faces according to the pros


The inside scoop on makeup for round faces to flatter your features

Before I get to the fun stuff, there’s a common misconception that I need to clear up right away. During my time spent working as an aesthetician and wedding makeup artist for more than five years, I noticed one recurring trend among my clients that never failed to surprise me: Women treated their beautifully rounded faces like a curse, instead of the blessing they truly are.

Just as we are all working so hard to embrace our natural body shape, the face shape you were born with deserves the same kind of love. For all the hourglasses, pears, rulers and full-figured bodies out there, we have a vast array of unique and distinct face shapes to go right along with them. Alongside face shapes like the heart, diamond, rectangle and oval, the lovely round face has a special symmetry that is all its own.

And just like dressing for your body type, putting on makeup is all about working with your face shape and playing up your best features. Here’s how to put your best (round) face forward any day of the week:

1. Start with the framework

The inside scoop on makeup for round faces to flatter your features
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The eyes are the windows into the soul, and the eyebrows are made to frame those windows — especially for women with round faces. “Focus on the arch of the brow to bring some length to the face,” Vanessa Eckels, Senior Makeup Artist at Hourglass Abbot Kinney, advises. “I use a brow sculpting pencil to help emphasize — not overdraw — the natural arch of the brow.”

Sculpting the arch can be a game-changer, though Jennifer Trotter of Lip Service Makeup, pro makeup artist and beauty expert, adds, “Do not, I repeat, do not shape your brows into a rounded, arch shape! The combo of this brow shape with a round face is unflattering, so make sure you’re emphasizing your arch to create lift.”