Reader Q&A: "Can I Really Create the Illusion of Cheekbones with Makeup?"

Posted 10/10/11 at 05:49AM by Audrey Fine

Molly from Arizona recently wrote in to ask, "Can I really create the illusion of cheekbones with makeup?" Molly, as someone who used to have cheekbones before father time's gnarled hands ravaged her face, I confess that I've been wondering the exact same thing.

I mean, you always hear/read/see magazine articles about "contouring" to "create" the look, but, is it really doable?

Turns out, it is! I consulted a bunch of makeup know-it-alls to get their consensus on the best way to fake those angles we're craving. Here are their three most useful tips.

Tip 1: To create the look of high, defined cheekbones where there aren't any, apply a slightly darker blush under your cheekbones (they're there even if they're not readily visible). Then dab on a highlighter (like Nars the Multiple, $38) 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" in a natural-looking way, 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 appear. (Consult our Color Finder to see which shades work best for you.)

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 blush combo (like CoverGirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush, $5.49, or Stila Baked Cheek Duo: Pink Glow, $26). Multi-purpose products like these are a snap to use and take the guesswork out of finding the appropriate shades yourself.

And there you have them -- the cheekbones you've always dreamed of.

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1-6 of 12 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 06:31am

    I have really big cheekbones, I want to tone them down

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/25/12 at 10:44pm

    This can look really bad if not done well, but really good if done well. Practice makes perfect.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/15/12 at 12:32pm

    The creation of the highlighter, blush, and contour all in one compacts makes using this tip so easy so sculpt away!

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  • Posted by anna_davis on 11/28/11 at 02:33pm

    i guess im lucky because my cheekbones are naturally big and sculpted :p

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  • Posted by kiley_marie on 11/22/11 at 09:02am

    as long as you learn how correctly, this works!

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  • Posted by mavick3nook on 10/28/11 at 02:37am

    Wow, I like it so much. thanks a lot for the post.

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