How to Create the Illusion of Higher, More Defined Cheekbones


How-to-Create-the-Illusion-of-Higher,-More-Defined-CheekbonesI love the way high, defined cheekbones look on a woman—they instantly make your face look younger and slimmer. Some women are lucky enough to have them naturally, but for the rest of us, we need to create the illusion of higher cheekbones. Luckily, there are a ton of great cosmetic products out there that can help.

Using Bronzers and Highlighters

Using highlighters and bronzers to get the look of high cheekbones is easy. When choosing the shade of your bronzer, it should only be one shade darker than your natural skin tone. Choosing a highlighter shade is a little trickier. If you have fair skin, go for a champagne color. For medium skin tones, choose a pale or warm gold. And for darker skin tones, gold works best. Highlighters are also great for giving your skin that warm, sun-kissed glow.

How to Apply Bronzer

For the best results, use a bronzer brush—the brush part is wider and denser, and the handle is shorter than a normal blush brush. Apply a light stroke of your bronzer right underneath the cheekbones. Start a couple centimeters away from your nose and move the brush out towards your temples. Make sure you blend it into your skin to create depth, which is what makes the cheekbones look higher. You can also use very light strokes on your forehead and the bridge of your nose—think of where the sun naturally hits your face.


Higher CheekbonesHow to Apply a Highlighter

Complement the bronzer with the highlighter. Start at the highest point on your natural cheekbone and go toward your temple again. For extra contouring, you can also add a highlighter to your temples and under your eyebrow. I personally like using my fingertips to apply a highlighter instead of brush because it gives me more control over how much product I’m applying.


Using Blush

Blush can also be used to get that high cheekbone look. The most effective way to use blush for cheekbones is to pick two shades: one pinkish hue, and one that’s closer to your skin tone. Use the skin tone shade slightly under your cheekbone, and then the pink right on your cheekbone—the dual tones add extra dimension.

Keep it Natural

You still want it to look natural, so whether you’re using bronzer, a highlighter, or blush, don’t go too crazy with the color. Always start out with a small amount and then layer as you go—it’s easier to add than to take away.