So you have a babyface and you want to look a bit more like an actual adult? Here are a few quick tricks that can help you achieve a more grown-up look. Keep reading to find out what they are!
Redefine your features
A babyface is usually defined by soft, round features, so in order to get that “grown-up” look, you have to make your features more angled and sharp. This goes for everything from eyeliner to contour. Let’s take it step by step.
Step 1: The perfect flick
Eyeliner is the way to go when you want to give your eyes a sharper shape. For a slightly softer, sultry look go for a smoked-out liner. Smoked-out liner is much easier to do than a super sharp liquid liner cat-eye flick, simply because you can be a bit messy.
Start off by applying your kohl as close to the lash line as possible and work the product into your lashes. Make sure that the skin between your eyelashes isn’t showing through, as that will make them look much fuller and fluffier.
Now take a small flat brush and wing out the liner ever so slightly. This technique works well with hooded eyes as well, although you should be careful not to extend the liner past your crease.
Pro-tip: It’s best to start blending the product inwards first to keep most of the pigment in the middle and outer third of the lash line. Then, with less product on the brush, flick the liner outwards in a way that fits your eye-shape.
Step 2: Light vs. shadow
Let’s move on to eyeshadow. Here, it’s key to remember some basics about light and shadow and how they work together to give you the desired effect.
On the outer V of the eye, start creating a C-shape with a transition shade.
Once you’ve mapped that out, blend the eyeshadow outwards and upwards to create a more angled look.
This will give your eyes an instant lift and make them look more sultry, which will, obviously, add a few years to your face.
If you want a more dramatic look, you can always build up the eyeshadow on the outer corner, or you can leave it as it is. Darker shades of eyeshadow can make you look older as well, however, we recommend that you apply all your products in moderation for the best result.
Bring back some dimension by applying a white matte eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye.
Finish the eye look with a pinch of eyeshadow right under the arch of your brow — this will lift the brows and make them look more angular.
Step 3: Work your angles
Contouring can make a world of a difference when your ultimate goal is to work your angles. The most important thing to remember here is if you blend your contour upwards towards your nose, your face will look rounder and softer. This is exactly what we’re trying to avoid.
Instead, apply your contour from your ear and blend it towards the corner of your mouth. This, again, will make your features more angled.
Step 4: Finishing touches
There are three more tricks you can use to get the effect you’re going for.
First, do your eyebrows. Make sure to accentuate your arch and tail, but don’t go overboard with the amount of product you use.
Second, redefine the shape of your lips with lipliner. Make the cupid’s bow slightly more angular to go with the “adult” look. Using a darker shade of lipstick can also help you look a bit more grown-up.
Finish it all off with mascara. Apply it mainly on the lashes in the outer third of the eye. This will actually take away some of the harshness and make the eyes look more almond shaped. It might seem counter-productive, but trust us when we say it’s a step worth taking.
Before & After
- Lancome black kohl pencil
- NYX Wonder pencil in Claire
- ZOEVA Cool Spectrum eyeshadow palette
- Bobbi Brown black gel eyeliner
- YSL BB cream
- YSL Touche Eclat no.1 highlighter
- YSL Poudre Compacte no. 1
- Kevin Aucoin contouring powder
- YSL Blush Volupte no. 4
- Laura Mercier deep wine lip pencil
- YSL Dessin Des Sourcills eyebrow pencil
- L'Oreal False Lash X Fiber mascara
- YSL Rouge Pur Couture no. 205 lipstick
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