How to hide an overbite

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Some people are born with an overbite. An overbite occurs when the top jaw is larger than the bottom jaw or when the top jaw has too many teeth. This causes the teeth in the front to squeeze together, forcing the teeth outward.

While there are different types of overbites that are barely noticeable, some are hard to miss -- a large overbite can make you self-conscious about your physical appearance. However, there are ways to conceal this cosmetically regardless of your gender.

Apply eyeshadow primer to keep the eyeshadow in place. Using an eyeshadow applicator, apply a light-coloured champagne eyeshadow to the entire eyelid and brow bone.

Shade in the eyelid and the middle area above the eyelid with a charcoal coloured eyeshadow. Depending on your skin tone, this colour ranges from an almost black coloured eyeshadow for darker skin tones to a dark grey eyeshadow for lighter skin tones.

Line the eyes with dark brown or black eyeliner. For lighter skin tones, use dark brown, because black tends to look too harsh on light skin. The dark brown shade looks black, but is a couple of shades lighter, which makes it look more natural. Those with darker skin tones can use black eyeliner.

Coat the eyelashes with mascara. Apply one coat each to each eye. Allow the first coat to dry before applying another coat to the eyelashes.

Draw even more attention to the eyes by adding a topcoat of glittery mascara. This will make your eyes stand out even more, making your eyes the focal point of your face.

Apply a light coloured or nude lipliner to the lips. Choose a colour close to the natural colour of your lips. Follow only the natural line of the lips.

Fill in the lips with a nude-coloured lipstick. Wearing a light-coloured lipstick takes attention away from the mouth area, while wearing a dark lipstick draws attention to the lips and the mouth area.

Blot the lips with a tissue. Apply another coat of lipstick. An extra coat of lipstick helps lipstick last longer.

Resist from using any shiny lipgloss. Any type of lipstick or lipgloss that is shiny draws the eyes to the mouth area. Because you are trying to draw attention away from the mouth, do not use any type of lip product that is shiny or sparkly.

Allow the hair on the face to grow. Resist shaving the area around the mouth.

Grow a beard or moustache. Facial hair around the mouth helps to conceal an overbite because the extra hair in this area helps to conceal the entire mouth.

Trim the beard or moustache every week. Keep it nicely manicured by using a beard trimmer or other device to keep moustaches and beards looking neat.