features Victoria Stiles of Shiksona Beauty

Jawline Snatching Makeup Tips & Cosmetic Techniques Celebs Use

When Harper’s Bazaar writer, Jessica Iredale, wrote that 2021 was the “Year of the Snatched Jawline,” we (and the rest of the beauty world) were obviously intrigued. While we happen to think that all jawlines are cute, we understand the appeal of dabbling in things like jawline contouring or even in-office treatments that create a neck with a bit more definition.

According to the dermatologist (one of our fave derms, Dr. Shereene Idriss) interviewed for the story, roughly 70% of her patients are inquiring about how to get a more chiseled-looking neck and jaw. We’re not surprised, seeing as some of the most famous supermodels have this snatched feature in common. While some may be born with it, other celebs use contouring techniques and even cosmetic treatments to achieve the look. If you’re on a similar mission, then consider trying some of the below tips and techniques.

Grab Your Makeup Bag & Contour Away

Yep, a more defined jawline can be as simple as wielding a bit of contour and a makeup brush – no expensive procedure required! Basically, contouring creates a shadow effect, which in essence redirects attention while creating definition where you want it. We asked Victoria Stiles, makeup artist and creative director of ShikSona Beauty, for the full how-to.

Step 1: Grab Your Supplies

You’ll want a contouring product about a couple shades darker than your skin color, as well as a sculpting makeup brush. Stiles recommends the Huda Beauty Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream, $30, and Huda Beauty Sculpt and Shade Brush, $28.

Step 2: Define Your Back Jaw

“With the small end of the brush, begin applying [a small amount of contour] in a painting motion from where your jaw meets your ear lobe to just below your chin,” says Stiles. Do the same on the other side. You don’t need a ton of product – less is definitely more.

Step 3: Apply Contour Under Your Chin

Using the fluffy side of the Sculpt and Shade Brush, apply a small amount of contour just underneath your chin where it’s the thickest. You can pull your chin back a bit to identify the more padded area.

Step 4: Blend, Blend, Blend

Next, grab a large, clean, fluffy makeup brush and start diffusing the contour you just applied. The goal is to remove any harsh lines so that the result looks like a natural shadow.

Step 5: Add a Touch of Highlighter

“For added dimension, apply a lighter shade foundation to the jawline itself, just above the darker contoured,” says Stiles.

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