But a caution: Quinn warns that "when you're heavier you tend to make up for it by overplaying the eyes — which at times can make it look more theatrical than natural." In general, heavy darker shadows can make eyes look weightier.
"But for a slimming effect, a smoky eye is fine, if it's not too shimmery," Padgett says.
No cupid's bow
"If you have a full face and you use a bright matte color, a matchy-matchy defined lip liner can make your lips look smaller and your face look bigger," Quinn says. Also, although our experts say that lipstick looks more modern and hip, for slimming purposes you want to add a little bit of a gloss.
If you're at a healthy weight but not stick-thin, own it, says makeup artist Joanna Schlip, whose 2006 book "Glamour Gurlz: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Great Make-up and Gurl Smarts" aimed to keep young women from comparing themselves to the unreal and retouched advertising images. "Thank goodness for campaigns like the Dove campaign that expose how much we retouch — so a little bit of pressure is removed [from young women] but not entirely," Schlip says.
She tells of working on a photo shoot in Brazil with über model Giselle Bundchen.