Dimples are indentations or folds in the fleshy part of the cheek. They are caused by a minor muscle deformity in which the skin of the cheek draws tightly as it moves, resulting in external divots. This endearing facial feature is usually a genetic trait. People born without natural dimples, on the other hand, can successfully mimic their appearance through a variety of methods ranging from the simple (makeup) to the drastic (plastic surgery) (surgery).
Method 1 Performing Dimple Exercises
1. Suck your cheeks in and pucker your lips. Make a face as if you just ate a lemon or something incredibly sour to begin exercising your cheek muscles. Your lips should be slightly puckered or pouted, and your cheeks should be slightly sucked in. Your teeth should not be clenched together because this will prevent you from sucking in your cheeks, but your lips should be closed.
Please keep in mind that this is a folk remedy. In other words, it is not backed up by scientific evidence, but rather by hazy, unverifiable anecdotal evidence. As a result, it is not guaranteed to work.
Your cheeks should naturally indent inward, with the deepest part resting between your top and bottom teeth, roughly halfway between the front and back of your mouth.
If you’re having trouble imagining the appropriate facial expression, try eating or drinking something sour – this exercise is imitating your natural reaction to sourness.
2. Hold down on the indentations. Find the areas of your cheeks with the deepest indentations. Using both index fingers, gently press this spot on both cheeks. As you prepare to move your mouth, keep your fingers firmly fixed to these spots.
If it’s easier for you, you can also use your thumb or the rounded end of a pencil to hold these spots.
3. Smiling and repositioning your fingers as needed. Relax your face into a wide grin, keeping your fingers in the same places on your face. Because natural dimples appear when someone has a fairly wide smile, your smile should be wide and open-mouthed. Your fingers should now be close to the corners of your smile, where dimples would naturally appear if you had them.
Examine your appearance in the mirror. If the position of your fingertips appears to be off, gently slide your fingertips across your cheeks to the proper location.
Firmly press the desired dimple area with your fingertips or the rounded end of a pencil. Release immediately for temporary dimples. If desired, take a photograph. It’s worth noting that these dimples will vanish as soon as you relax your jaw.
4. Continue pressing for at least 30 minutes. You must continue to firmly hold these indentations in place for at least 30 minutes to train your cheeks to form more permanent dimples.
The longer you can keep your “dimple” marks in place, the more likely they will last.
There were mechanical devices in the past that were designed to create dimples on your face by applying consistent pressure to these areas of your face.
Although these devices were never scientifically proven to work, some people swear by them. This dimple exercise simulates the action of a machine like this.
5. Repeat on a daily basis. Continue doing 30-minute dimple “exercises” every day for several weeks. If a month has passed and you still haven’t created long-lasting dimples, you might want to reconsider. Because this technique is based on hearsay rather than scientific evidence, if you don’t eventually succeed, it may simply not work for you.
Method 2 Mimicking Natural Dimples with Makeup
1. Broaden your grin! Look at yourself in the mirror and smile a wide but natural smile. Determine the general area where you want your fake dimples to be.
Natural creases should form outside of your mouth when you smile. Your “dimples” should be just outside of these creases, starting roughly above the upper points of your lips.
Make an effort to smile broadly, but not unnaturally. Real dimples are most visible during wide smiles, so a wide grin, rather than a reserved one, will give you a better idea of where your cosmetic dimples should be. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Please keep in mind that this method works best for creating temporary dimples suitable for photographs. When worn out in public, it may appear unnatural.
2. Make a mark on the tops of your new dimples. Dimples are typically formed as short lines or slight crescent shapes. Make a small dot at the top of where you want your desired dimple line to be with a dark brown pencil eyeliner or eyebrow pencil.
Dark brown works best because it blends in more naturally with the skin. Avoid using black or coloured eyeliner.
3. On your cheek, make a small crescent moon shape. Relax your mouth after you’ve marked the tops of your dimples. Begin by drawing a small, slightly curved line from the dot you marked. Apply the same eyeliner or brow pencil that you used to make the dot.
The line should not extend more than one inch (2.5 cm) below the dot. It should be barely curved – slightly straighter than a fingernail’s curve.
4. Blend and redraw as needed. After you’ve drawn on your dimples, you’ll need to adjust your makeup so that the final result is subtle and natural. Blend the line into your skin with your fingers or a smudge stick, rubbing the line up and down rather than side to side.
Because one application may not produce a sufficiently dark line, you may need to draw over the line and blend it in several times.
5. To check your results, smile. Examine your new dimples in the mirror to see if they are even. Are they too gloomy? Is it not dark enough? Do your dimples appear unnatural in certain lighting conditions? If something about your makeup looks off, don’t be afraid to wash it off and try again.
Method 3 Mimicking Natural Dimples with Dimple Piercings
1. Visit a piercer who specialises in body piercing. Cheek piercings, like all piercings, carry the risk of infection if not performed properly. Do not attempt to pierce your cheek at home. Only go to reputable, qualified professionals who have the necessary training and tools to reduce your risk of infection or complication.
Even with a guardian’s permission, most professional body piercers will refuse to perform a dimple piercing on anyone under the age of 18. However, the precise age cutoff varies depending on the laws in your state or country.
Please keep in mind that many professional body piercers discourage dimple piercings at all ages. Dimple piercings cut through muscle, whereas ear and nose piercings only cut through skin and cartilage. As a result, the risk of nerve damage is higher than that of other complications. All types of oral piercings can also cause long-term damage to your teeth and gums.
2. Thoroughly clean the area. If your piercer is qualified and reputable, he or she will carefully clean your cheeks before proceeding with the piercing. To eliminate harmful microorganisms that can cause complications with the piercing, the exterior of the skin must be cleaned with anti-bacterial soap, sterile alcohol wipes, or a similar method of sterilisation.
To reduce the risk of harmful bacteria from the inside of your mouth infecting the piercing, the body piercer may also request that you rinse your mouth with bacteria-busting mouthwash.
3. Make certain that all of the tools are clean as well. Reputable body piercers will use a piercing gun that is washed in a sterilising autoclave or a single-use disposable needle on its own (no gun). Without a doubt, the needle used to pierce your cheek must be sterile. Never, ever get a piercing done with a dirty needle. Furthermore, the needle can be heated before use to further sterilise it.
The body piercer’s hands should also be thoroughly washed with anti-bacterial soap. Disposable gloves may or may not be worn by the body piercer.
In addition, the jewellery should be cleaned with an antibacterial solution.
4. Get your ears pierced. The needle will be used by the body piercer to quickly puncture the skin at the exact location where natural dimples would fall. The body piercer should immediately insert the jewellery into the holes and treat the punctured area with an anti-bacterial solution after piercing the skin.
5. Maintain proper care after the piercing has been completed. To reduce the risk of infection or complication, new piercings require special care. Inquire with your piercer for specific instructions; you will most likely need to clean the pierced area with saline solution several times per day until the piercing heals.
If the body piercer does not provide you with a solution, you can make one by combining 1 tsp (5 ml) of salt with 8 oz (250 ml) of pure distilled water.
Using a sterile cotton swab, apply the saline solution. Gently clean beneath the head of the jewellery with a swab next to the jewellery rod.
As the jewellery heals, avoid playing with it. Fiddling with your jewellery can introduce bacteria from your hand into the wound as well as cause the piercing to shift from its original location, irritating the wound.
6. Allow one to three months for the piercings to heal. The piercing will usually take at least this long to heal. Before the jewellery can be safely removed, the piercing must heal. Removing the jewellery too soon may cause the piercings in your cheeks to close. Waiting at least one month (and up to three months) should give your cheeks enough time to heal.
Your skin will begin to heal itself as soon as you remove the piercings. You will have two small holes in your cheek until the skin heals. After the skin heals, you should have two dimple-like indentations in your cheek.
Keep track of the types of jewellery you’re wearing in your dimples during this time. Certain types of metal used in jewellery, particularly cheaper varieties, can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Please keep in mind that piercings are semi-permanent! Your new “dimples” will be in your cheeks at all times, regardless of your facial expression.
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