Facial Exercises For Cheeks

The muscle associated with your cheeks is known as the Zygomatic Arch, through the two exercises detailed in this article you can tone, strengthen and lose fat from your cheeks.

Facial Exercises For Cheeks #1 “The Blowfish”

The first facial exercise for cheeks is known as “the Blowfish” The Blowfish works to reduce the fat and puffiness in your cheeks. It smooths them to form lean angles by highlighting the Zygomatic arch. This exercise for face muscle also help to bring out out and define your cheekbones.

Step 1 – Fill your left cheek with air to it’s maximum capacity. Open the left corner of your mouth and use the muscles of your left cheek to push the air out, exerting as much force outwardly as you can.

Step 2 – Now switch sides and repeat with the right side of your face.

Facial Exercises For Cheeks #2 The Cheek Flattener

This is a very comprehensive facial exercise as it works your both the Orbicularis Oris muscle located around your eyes and the Modiolus muscle ob either sides of your lips as well as working your Zygomatic Arch muscle above your cheek bones. (do not worry about these names as you only need to know the exercises). The cheek flattener may take a while to get use to, but its the quickest way to get rid of cheek fat.

Step 1 – Close your mouth and blow air under your top lip, puffing it out hold for ten seconds.

Step 2 – Move the air to your left cheek, hold for ten seconds

Step 3 – Repeat for the right cheek and hold for ten seconds

Step 4 – Repeat this entire routine ten times.

Muscle Contraction

By doing these facial exercises for cheeks, which is taken from a proper face exercise program your muscles can become contracted and thus your facial skin will also contract, giving you a nice smoothing skin surface, which also reduces wrinkles.

How Is Fat Reduced By Cheek Exercises?

Most of the time, if fat is stored in your face, your cheek area is the first part of your face the fat will be stored through your calorie intake, the other is below your chin. You may have known that targeting a specific area to lose fat is impossible, this is true, however; you would also have known that muscle is very good at burning calories. For people who have a fat face but a skinny body, this means that the fat from their calorie intake is stored in their face before anywhere else. By strengthening and toning your face muscles, through facial exercises for cheeks and chin, this will reduce the the fat that is stored in your face, because the muscle burns calories really well.

The Differences Between Glitz and Natural Beauty Pageants

This week I received the same question from two different mothers whose daughters both want to be Miss America someday.

What is the difference between glitz and natural beauty pageants and which one do I recommend?

Both glitz and natural pageants can help young girls develop confidence and stage presence in a fun environment; but there are big differences between the glitz and natural worlds of pageantry. To understand where my point of view is coming from, let me first point out that the two young girls want to compete in the Miss America system. Secondly, I am a specialized natural pageant coach with my expertise being in resume writing, interview/communication skills, and positive self-image development.

Natural Pageants

Pageant systems that fall under this category are National American Miss (NAM), American Coed Pageant (COED), International Junior Miss (IJM), America’s National Teenager (ANTSO), Cinderella, America’s Outstanding Teen, Miss America, Teen-World, Miss USA, Mrs. America, Mrs. United States and Mrs. International. There are many more but this is a sampling of familiar systems to people within the pageant world.

  • Generally speaking, the makeup guideline for children under 12 is zero. Some will allow only mascara and lip gloss on stage under the bright light. Makeup used on teens and women is to enhance the natural beauty, not to become the focal point or to make them look like someone they’re not. The same goes for hairstyle. Always make sure to check with your director about the specifics for your pageant.
  • Clothing is tasteful and has sparkle to it; but is not overly ornate. Wardrobe is usually purchased off the rack at a store and subtly embellished or customized by the contestant to reflect their sense of personality and style. The wardrobe is to always bring attention back to the girl wearing it. Not the other way around.
  • Modeling style for gown is elegant and smooth. Arms and hands are close to your body moving in natural opposition (when you step forward with your right foot, your left arm is moving forward and so forth).
  • Facial expressions are natural with the energy of the eyes and smile matching.
  • Communication skills are developed through an on-stage introduction, personal interview and on-stage question.

Who does well in natural pageants? Contestants who enjoy speaking, are skilled in an artist talent, make good grades, have a charitable cause they’re passionate about, and are well-rounded individuals tend to excel in natural pageants. These skills can easily transfer into life outside of the pageant stage.

Glitz Pageants

There are many glitz pageants across the country. If your child is blessed with facial beauty, then this may be the place to start. Glitz pageants offer the opportunity for young children to get use to being on stage before they can speak.

  • In glitz pageants, you will see the use of hairpieces, heavy make-up, deep spray tans, fake teeth (called flippers), false eyelashes, and color contacts worn by the majority of the contestants.
  • Clothing for glitz pageant is usually the short cupcake skirt dress. A cupcake dress is a dress that is several inches above the knee, has multiple layers of lace and is heavily stoned and bedazzled. Most of the dresses you see on the TV show Toddlers and Tiaras are cupcake dresses and are filmed at glitz pageants.
  • Glitz pageants have their own style of modeling. Because of the full cupcake skirt, contestants learn to walk with their hands held away from their body with their finger tips gentle curving around the outer ruffle of their dress. When they walk, their arms don’t move in the natural oppositional way. Instead, they move in the same direction (if you step out with your right foot, the right arm moves slightly with it).
  • Facial Expressions tend to be exaggerated with lots of eyelash batting, tilting of the head from side to side, and blowing kisses.
  • The opportunity to develop oral communication skills are limited in glitz pageants. If the contestant speaks, it is brief or only to say her name, age and where she is from. This may be because most of the contestants are babies and toddlers whose speech isn’t yet develop. Again, the focus is on outer beauty.

Who does well in glitz pageants? Contestants who really enjoy getting all dressed up to create new characters on stage will love glitz pageants. The crowns are bigger than the child’s head and the trophies are twice their height. There are usually lots of prizes, too.

Just make sure your child can tolerant having their hair teased, eyelashes glued on, and wearing heavy makeup. Glitz pageants are high maintenance and expensive. They are very popular and easy to find for children under the age of 5.

Because the glitz environment is about creating an illusion, it’s hard, but not impossible, for children who have only done glitz pageants to successfully transition into natural pageants as they age up. The modeling style, limited speaking experience and facial expressions learned at a young age are hard habits to break.

So to answer the second part of the question as to which pageant type I would recommend, since these two little girls want to be Miss America someday (and what 10-year-old doesn’t want to be) I would say stick to the natural pageant systems.

Enhance Your Facial Features With Semi-Permanent Make-Up

Make-up has been around since the ancient Egyptians, where as well as wearing it for cosmetic reasons, they used it for health and protection. In those times, both men and women used natural things to colour their skin.

They used;

  • Kohl – which was either lead sulphide, amorphous carbon or organic charcoal for an eyeliner, or a green mineral powder called malachite for make-up on the eyes.
  • Red ochre – to stain the lips and nails.
  • Henna – to stain the fingertips and toes.

These days, many women apply make-up; some to enhance their features, or to look and feel more glamorous, others wear it to cover up their imperfections. Applying make-up might be difficult if you’re short-sighted or you might just want to have more time in your day.

It takes a lot of training, skill and practise for a beauty technician to produce the best results, as applying permanent and semi-permanent cosmetics is a highly skilled craft. Everyone has unique facial features, face structure and skin tone, which can influence the treatment in different ways.

Benefits for eyebrows

  • No more spending hours making sure they look symmetrical.
  • You won’t worry about your make-up running when you’re in the pool or the gym.
  • No more worrying over which colours match your skin tone.
  • You won’t have to worry about over plucking your eyebrows.

There are many reasons the eyebrows might need enhancing; over plucking, naturally thin or fair, or they might be sparse because of medical reasons. A new set of eyebrows can easily be created to rectify thinning eyebrows or just a few hair strokes can easily be added to fill in any gaps. The eyebrows are very important as they frame your face, and they can add instant lift, shape and contour. Brows treated with semi-permanent make-up tend to look darker in colour straight after the first treatment, but after time it’ll become lighter.

Benefits for eyeliner

  • A choice of subtle enhancement or a more noticeable eyeliner.
  • Create definition to make your eyes stand out.
  • Enhance the natural shape of your eyes.
  • You won’t have to worry about smudged eyeliner.
  • Achieve a symmetrical looking eyeliner.

Eyeliner can open up the eyes, and a soft line above or below the eye might make the eyelashes look darker and thicker. Eyeliner comes in many colours and can give the eyes shape and definition, and you can have anything from a soft, natural looking enhancement, a dramatic smoky effect, or a thicker defined line.

Benefits for lips

  • Get back your youthful lip shape
  • Enhance and define your lips
  • Spend less time reapplying lipstick after drinking and eating.
  • Keep up your favourite colour and shade.
  • Make your lips look thicker and fuller by creating symmetry.

Trying to achieve beautifully shaped full lips with a lip liner and lipstick can sometimes be a challenge. It’s time-consuming with constant re-applications throughout the day. Everyone wants lovely looking lips with a healthy blush of colour. Semi-permanent lip liner means no smeared lipstick on your teeth, or colour bleeding into the lip lines.

Semi-permanent make-up is subtle and natural looking and doesn’t wash away, smudge or disappear. The colour can last for many years but the vibrancy will begin to fade over time. The make-up pigment stays in the dermis, but it’s also influenced by several things, including skin tones, environmental factors and sun exposure. The amount and the colour of pigment applied, can affect how long semi-permanent make-up looks its best on the skin. Natural subtle applications are more likely to need a touch-up before more the darker dramatic ones.