How to get a Smaller Forehead without Surgery
The truth is that having a big forehead is something that many people don’t love to have. Whether you are looking for a big forehead solution or just some tips to make your forehead appear smaller without surgery, you are in the right place!
Here are some of the best easy beauty hacks with makeup, hair, and accessories that will make your forehead look smaller in minutes!
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How to know if you have a big forehead?
A good way to know if you have a big forehead is by looking in front of a mirror and comparing the dimensions of your forehead with the distance between your eyes and chin. If you find your forehead area larger than the rest of the face, you might have a big forehead.
Having a big forehead can be something very relative; if you feel insecure about your forehead, you can apply some tips and tricks to make it naturally look smaller for you, even if your forehead is not that BIG.
And on the other hand, if you feel like you have a big forehead, but you LOVE how it looks, just do the opposite of the following tips to enhance your forehead even more.
Beauty is subjective.
But don’t worry, I prepared this post with tons of good hacks you can easily do to make your forehead look smaller without surgery!
How to get a smaller forehead without surgery
I personally don’t love the idea to put myself into a surgery just because of the size of my forehead, setting a side the costs and time you need to invest. Getting a forehead reduction surgery can be painful and expensive. A forehead surgery costs around $7,000-$9,000 according to this source.
As a Makeup artist and beauty professional, I know that everything is possible just by applying the right tips and tricks when it comes to beauty.
To get a smaller forehead without surgery, you need to visually balance the rest of your face to make your forehead appear smaller with your makeup, hairstyles, and accessories.
How to make your forehead look smaller with hairstyles
Cut perfect bangs!
The super-popular hair trend of bangs is your best ally if you want to hide some of your foreheads and look super cute! That extra hair in your forehead area will create an optical illusion of a shorter and smaller forehead.
Check this quick tutorial. She is not an expert, but she made her own bangs at home, and those bangs look super pretty on her!
We want to balance the face, and wearing a high ponytail will give the illusion of a smaller forehead area since the hair area will grab the attention. Adding some volume to the hair area will automatically reduce the appearance of a big forehead.
The key is to make to ponytail as high as you can and add extra volume to it.
A high messy bun works great as well!
Use a bandana
This tip is easy, cute, and super effective! Grab your favorite bandana and wear it right between your hairline and some of your forehead to try to hide some of it. (this super affordable 6 pcs package is fantastic!)
You don’t need to hide your forehead skin too much. Just using the hair bandana will automatically make your forehead look naturally smaller.
Clean the excess makeup on your hairline.
When we apply foundation or powder on our face is super common to leave some tiny little rests of makeup on the hairline, and we probably don’t even notice it.
But this visually reduces the hairline area and makes the forehead look even BIGGER.
So what you want to do, is grabbing a wet cloth and carefully remove any foundation or powder we may leave on the baby hair by accident. You will notice on your cloth more makeup than you think!
I wiped my hairline carefully and even when I thought that I applied my foundation properly without touching my baby hairs, the wipe ended with some makeup rests. This will help my hair to look more full and reduce the forehead area visually.
Apply makeup on your ponytail!
Yes, we removed the excess makeup, and now we are applying makeup to the same area! But this time, we want to take our eyebrows powder.
- Select a 1-2 tones lighter than your hair color if you have dark hair, and 1-2 tones darker if you have blond/light hair
- And with a small blending brush, apply it right in the areas of your hairline where you can see part of your scalp skin
- with circular motions and being careful not to overdo the makeup, blend it to make it look natural.
If you are a makeup beginner, I highly recommend this powder eyebrows kit here that comes with 6 brow powders, cream concealer, lighten powder, a setting wax, and a double eyebrow brush.
The key to making it appear natural is by starting applying the powder from the back and progressively blend towards the front in circle motions.
With that tip, we are visually adding more hairline are and visually reducing the forehead size.
Here’s how it looks!
Contour your forehead!
Contour was a thing about 4-5 years ago, and now we opt for a light bronzer or only a cream blush on our everyday makeup routine. If you are just fine with your face dimensions, you don’t really need any type of contour or bronzer.
But in this case, we can use contour to create the illusion of a smaller forehead in minutes!
To perfectly contour your forehead, take a contour or bronze shade that is neutral like this one here and avoid a warm shade, even if you have warm skin. We want to avoid our forehead looking orange/red.
Take a medium fluffy brush and carefully apply it right on your hairline (without adding bronzer on your baby hairs) and blend with circles until you get the proper coverage.
We want a smooth and even blended illusion of a shade on top of our forehead that visually reduces the size of the area, but it also looks natural.
I personally opted for powder contour this time because it tends to be easier to blend, but for something with more coverage, I’d choose a cream contour with a neutral undertone like this one here.
Thicken your eyebrows!
Do your eyebrows makeup as usual, but this time, imagine a small line right above your eyebrows and carefully fill in your eyebrows, making them look thicker.
Start by brushing your brow hairs all the way up with a spoolie and a clear brows gel like this one here. We want to create a models-like eyebrow illusion.
NOTE: We want to be careful not to OVER thicken the eyebrows. We just want to make bold eyebrows look with a natural fuller eyebrows finish that sets all the attention to the eyebrow area and not to the forehead.
Wear red/fuchsia lipstick
This trick is a no-brainer! A beautiful, vibrant, and intense red lips (or fuchsia!) My all-time favorite affordable red lipstick is this one.
It is always super classy, girly, cute, and sexy! With those lips, you will grab all the attention to your lower face area and less to your forehead.
We want to balance all the areas of the face to distribute the attention to all the areas and less to our forehead.
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How to get a smaller forehead without makeup
Do you need to wear makeup to make your forehead appear smaller? The answer is no.
You can use some other tips and tricks to get a smaller forehead naturally. For this post, we have combined all the tips for the best smaller forehead result. But like always, you can just use the ones that fit your lifestyle the most!
9. Wear earrings.
A cute accessory on your ear (even if it’s not that big) will empathize your lower face area, and that’s precisely what we want to have to hide a big forehead.
This is my final look, trying some of the tips to make my forehead appear smaller in minutes!
- I’m using a ponytail with some volume on the sides.
- I wiped my hairline to remove any rest of the makeup on that area
- I deepen my hairline by adding volume with a brows powder
- I contoured my forehead with a powder contour and a fluffy medium brush
- I did my eyebrows thicker than I normally do.
- I don’t love big earrings, so I try a cute pink small pair of earrings that matched my dress
Conclusion on How to get a smaller forehead without surgery
The most important thing to consider is that no matter the size of any part of your body/face, you are beautiful just how you are! I’d call this type of beauty hacks or tips a way to look different in some way naturally.
If I want to look at a big forehead one day, I apply the opposite of the tips on this post and vice versa, and if I want to hide my forehead, I can get a visually smaller forehead with the same tips.
That’s exactly what I love about makeup and beauty, it is all relative, and you can use it (or not) if it feels right to you and make you feel better in some way!
I hope you liked this post as much as I enjoyed sharing with you my smaller forehead solution without the necessity of getting an esthetic surgery.
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