How to disguise jowls and double chins

Updated April 17, 2017

A sagging jawline and a double chin are often caused by factors such as obesity and aging. Paradoxically, losing weight through dieting and exercise can also cause skin to sag around the jawline. In addition, regularly looking downwards at a computer screen or mobile phone can cause neck muscles to shorten, which exacerbates the effects of gravity on skin and muscles around the face and neck. Cosmetic treatments and surgery can help tighten saggy facial skin and remove excess fat from your jawline. However, you can disguise the look of jowls and a double chin with less invasive and cheaper methods, such as anti-aging makeup techniques and a flattering choice of hairstyle.

Remove facial hair from your jawline and chin area using a depilatory method like waxing or depilatory cream. Laser treatment is a more permanent hair removal option, but carries the risk of skin discolouration. Removal of facial hairs, even fine hairs that are barely visible, enables greater light reflection and helps to create a sharper-looking jawline.

Ask your hair stylist for a hairstyle that includes a softly angled fringe and gentle layers. A medium-length, layered style creates volume and movement around the face and helps to soften the appearance of jowls.

Apply light-reflective concealer to the centre of your chin. Choose a shade of concealer that matches your skin tone to emphasise your chin bone and disguise the appearance of excess skin around and beneath your chin.

Apply matte pressed powder in a shade that matches your skin tone underneath your jawline. Use a brush to begin applying the powder underneath your chin, and then blend the powder upwards and outwards to create a subtle shadowing effect immediately beneath the jawline.

Choose V-necked tops and dresses to make your jawline and neckline appear slimmer and longer. "The downward diamond shape optically elongates and narrows so you don't have a cutoff point where the actual neck stops, which gives the illusion of extra inches," explains Charla Krupp, author of "How to Never Look Fat Again."

Things You'll Need

  • Waxing strips
  • Concealer
  • Pressed powder
  • Powder brush
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Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.