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Aack! What Happened to My Cheekbones? How to Re-Create Them Using Makeup Tricks

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Posted 09/09/10 at 01:36PM by Total Beauty

Until recently I was lucky to have been genetically blessed with pretty great cheekbones. (Thanks mom and dad.) But, turns out that yet another fun thing about getting along in years is that, with every passing month, they seem to appear less and less defined. And, truth be told, that's irking me to no end.

So, what's the plan? Face-lift? Implants? Nah. Just some old-fashioned makeup tricks.

Witness these insider tips that I've learned since becoming pouffier of face.

Tip 1: To create the look of high, defined cheekbones where there aren't any, apply a slightly darker blush under your cheekbones and then dab on a highlighter (like Benefit Moon Beam, $24) to the top of the bone, right under the outer edge of your eyes. This will help to catch the light while the darker blush will give the illusion of depth, making your face seem more defined.

Tip 2: If you really want to make your cheekbones "pop" and look natural, follow the above two steps and finish by adding a swirl of pink or peach blush to the apples your cheeks. To find them, just smile at yourself in the mirror and they'll pop out. (Find out which shades work best with your coloring.)

Tip 3: If you don't want to deal with trying to figure out which shades go where and would rather not spring for a bunch of different products, try a 3-in-1 blush combo (like CoverGirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush, $5.49). Multi-purpose compacts like this are a snap to use and take all the guesswork out of finding the appropriate shades yourself.

And, that's it. All it takes is a little strategically placed color and you'll be looking like Angelina Jolie's high cheekboned twin in no time. (Don't hold me to that, k?)

Have any cheekbone defining tricks you'd like to share?
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1-6 of 6 Comments

  • Posted by EricaC123 on 04/13/13 at 01:42pm

    My cheekbones are too big for blush. I like to tone my down.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 08:10pm

    I just got a new compact from Laura Geller that has a highlighter, bronzer, and blush all in one compact! So easy to use. Thank you for the tips of to apply it properly.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/18/11 at 01:01am

    Good tips. I wear blush and bronzer, but actually knowing WHERE to put everything to really contour my face is helpful! :) Thanks.

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:52pm

    controuring seems useful I need to figure out how to do it.

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  • Posted by pynkNymphette on 12/21/10 at 08:41pm


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  • Posted by kenya on 11/28/10 at 11:14pm

    thank u for including a drugstore blush! drugstore mascaras and blushes are just as good if not better than higher end ones

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