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A sagging chin is one of the first telltale signs of age, and one of the first to think about working on if you like the idea of looking radiant and firm well into your later years. There are a lot of ways to deal with sagging chins and just as many ways to prevent them in the first place, so Vine Vera has compiled a list of some of the best ones here.
Carefully apply makeup to minimize it
Long-term solutions that actually make your jaw, neck, and chin firmer and stronger are great, but if you want to start minimizing the look of a double chin today, try picking up a few new makeup techniques for your daily routine.
To hide a double-chin, use methods that make your jaw-line more prominent. This may sound counter-intuitive, but focusing attention elsewhere will draw attention away from a double chin, so contouring and highlighting to emphasize the jaw can help. In the same vein, put careful focus on your eye makeup to further draw attention away from that area. In addition to the usual eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara techniquies you know and love, try extra little things like putting a dab of the lightest shade of eyeshadow around the inside corner of the eye, between the eye and the nose. This will add to the effect of eye makeup making your eyes look bigger, and they will “pop” more, becoming a focal point that will keep people from even looking at the chin area. Avoid bright or vibrant shades of lipstick if you’re worried about a double chin, since it will draw attention to the lower face.
Try neck and chin strengthening exercises
There are simple stretches and exercises you can do every day to firm up the muscles in that area and keep things tight and well-defined. This is one of the simplest, easiest things you can do that actually provides long term results, rather than temporary fixes like makeup (although we’ll get to that in a moment). Here’s one exercise idea you can try right now: try sitting upright and leaning your head back to face the ceiling, then pucker up your lips like you’re kissing someone and hold it for a moment, repeating about 20 times, and try to do this every day if you can.
Also, chew gum every day for an easy “exercise” that you don’t even have to think about. Chewing gum works the jaw and chin muscles, and will fight a saggy chin with almost zero effort.
Carefully consider your hair and clothing choices
How you dress and wear your hair can have a big effect on how you’re perceived in general, and believe it or not, things like how your hair falls and what kind of neckline you wear can actually have a big effect on how saggy your chin appears.
Opt for wider, more open necklines that are broad and leave lots of room between the neckline and the chin, and avoid choker necklaces; they sit right under the chin and practically beg people to stare at that area. For hair, try styles like an angled haircut or a long bob, which add visual interest that doesn’t cause the eyes to naturally focus around the chin area.