A strong and defined jawline is typically associated with masculinity, and whether or not you have this in your arsenal is, unfortunately, mainly determined by your genes. So if you are not one of the lucky few born with a jawline that would make even Brad Pitt green with envy, do not despair. Below are a few tips on how to give your jawline a stronger, more defined look without having to go under the knife.
- “Blue Steel” – We’ll start off simple: want to make your face look more chiselled for a new profile picture? It’s going to be seen by hundreds or even thousands of people, so naturally you want to look want it to look as good as possible. Thankfully, this tip does not require you to change anything except the angle of your picture. Tilt your head roughly 45 degrees away from the camera whilst still looking into the lens. When you turn your head to the side, your skin is stretched more tightly over the jaw, helping to make it look more defined and less fleshy. You can accentuate this even further by pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth; tightening the muscles around the floor of the mouth will tighten the area around your jaw. Just don’t tense too hard, I don’t want you looking constipated on my account.
- Grow a beard – If you are able to grow a beard, grow it! However growing a thick, bushy beard is actually likely to be counterproductive. Personally I find that a length of 3mm – 4mm is the ideal length for increasing definition, which can be easily achieved by using a beard trimmer with adjustable settings. Now that you have the length, you need to shape it. Keep it shaped around your neck by getting nice and close to your jawline, but don’t shave too high up otherwise it will look unusual. Next imagine a line from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth – anything above that line has to go. Keeping too much fuzz high up on your cheeks will make your face look rounder, plus you want to show off those chiselled cheekbones, right?
- Change your hairstyle – If you want to make your face look taller and/or more balanced, then most barbers will recommend trimming to a short length on the back and sides, whilst keeping a bit of length on top.
- Drink plenty of water – This one will sound a little odd. Drink more water to retain less water? Well as it turns out that drinking more water improves the circulation throughout the body, including your face. So consuming more water will reduce the amount of water that is retained within the tissues, leaving them looking less bloated. It is one of the most beneficial (and underrated) things that you can do for your body. So if you only do one thing on this list, make it this one!
- Improve your diet – So we have established that not drinking enough water increases water retention, but the same also occurs by consuming too much salt. Eating foods high in salt could result in you looking bloated and “puffy”. Now this may not sound that anything more than an inconvenience, however the extra water stored in your body actually raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your organs which can, in turn, lead to serious health complications. If you want more information about foods high in salt then click here.
- Lose weight – “Well i could have told you that!” I know it sounds like common sense, but if you lower your overall body fat percentage then areas (like the jaw) will become more prominent as the amount of fat around them decreases. When you bump into someone from years ago and the “wow have you lost weight?!” topic comes up – where did you notice it first? THE FACE.
- Exercises* – Warning: You will look ridiculous doing most of these. Exercises like the “fish face” claim to work your facial muscles by blowing air into your mouth and cheeks. You may look ridiculous but trust me, it really burns. If you want to look like less of a carnival attraction then there is another option; smiling. Smiling works a large number of facial muscles and we often do it without even thinking. For a detailed list of facial exercises check out WikiHow’s article How to Exercise Facial Muscles.
*Side note: I have seen some sites that recommend chewing gum for extended periods of time. In theory the chewing action should strengthen the jaw muscles, however chewing gum effectively tricks your body into thinking it is being fed. The stomach reacts by producing more gastric acid to digest the incoming food and, when no food arrives, the excess acid can make its way up the oesophagus. This can cause a number of problems such as bloating (exactly the thing you are trying to prevent!) and halitosis, as well more unpleasant effects like nausea, vomiting and heartburn. So after reading this, do you think it is really worth it?
The rise of Instagram has implemented an ideal look for men and women adhere to, but these idealistic looks are often unobtainable through natural means. Many of these “Instagram models” and celebrities have had surgery to look the way that they do. The Kardashians in particular are mired with controversy over whether or not they have had surgery (come on, Kim, we know your ass isn’t real) or have used Photoshop to edit out their imperfections. Remember that no one is flawless, flaws are what make us unique. So don’t let false and unrealistic beauty standards damage your confidence or fill you with self-doubt. Work with what you have, and just keep doing you.