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Let’s face it—not everyone is born with impeccable bone structure. We can’t all be models blessed with a face that appears as if it was chiseled out of stone, much to our chagrin. If you’ve been waiting for high cheekbones to go out of style, unfortunately, this is one beauty trend that’s here to stay. But don’t fret, that’s where cheek-sculpting makeup products come into play. In fact, there’s a little secret you might not know: When you’re admiring someone’s lovely, high cheekbones, there’s a solid chance they have face makeup to thank for their look. From concealer to contour products, there are a slew of products to help you achieve the appearance of high cheekbones—and we’re sharing six of our favorites.
Try one of the following makeup products to help lift the look of your cheekbones.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks: Contouring is often made to seem overly complicated, so we can’t help but love when a product keeps it simple for us. These shaping sticks do just that, making faking the appearance of high cheekbones a cinch.
How to use it: Use a shade that’s slightly lighter than your skin tone to highlight your cheekbones while swiping a shade that’s slightly darker than your skin tone onto the hollows of your cheeks. Blend and buff for a professionally defined look. This will create perfectly chiseled cheekbones in hardly any time at all.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage: For high cheekbones that last, this concealer will be your new go-to makeup product. The full-coverage concealer has a flawless matte formula that’s waterproof and non-greasy.
How to use it: Similar to the shaping sticks, you’ll want to use this concealer in a color that’s one to two shades lighter than your skin tone and another that’s one to two shades darker. Apply the lighter shade to your cheekbones, then use the darker shade to define underneath your cheekbones. Use a makeup blender to blend out and create a seamless look.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit: The color that’s perfect for creating shadows (a.k.a. contouring) on your friend’s face likely won’t be right for you, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to use different products. This concealer palette offers four creamy contour colors that can be blended together to create the perfect shade for your skin tone—or anyone else’s.
How to use it: Use the shades individually or blend and customize like a pro to sculpt your entire face.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Bronze It Bronzer: Bronzer, first and foremost, is meant to warm up your skin tone, as if you’ve just been touched by the sun. But with the proper placement, it can help define your cheekbones, too! Besides providing an instant sun-kissed glow, the bronzer can be applied to your cheekbones to complement your contouring.
How to use it: Sweep the bronzer softly over skin, focusing on cheekbones for a healthy, golden glow. Apply underneath cheekbones for a more sculpted, radiant, and illuminated look.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer: An illuminating skin tint may seem like a highlighter through and through, but pick the right shade and you can contour with one, too! When you use this highlighter in a shade that matches your skin tone, skin is left looking hydrated and luminous with an all-over glow, but apply it just to your cheekbones in a deeper shade and you’ll have yourself another way to contour your cheeks.
How to use it: Apply a shade darker than your skin tone to the contours of your cheeks.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette: Despite what the name might have you believe, this palette doesn’t come packed with only highlighters—each palette contains a bronzer, blush, and two highlighters. Isn’t that convenient? Instead of picking out a myriad of products to take your cheekbones to new heights, you can stick with this palette—wearing all the shades together—to create a lifted effect.
How to use it: Apply the bronzer to forehead and contours of cheeks, apply the blush to the apples of cheeks, apply the deeper highlighter to cheekbones, and apply the lighter highlighter above cheekbones.
Now that you know how to use makeup to create the appearance of high cheekbones, it’s time to put together a makeup look! Follow the steps below to give yourself a high cheekbone makeup look.
Start the look off right by giving yourself a flawless complexion. Depending on whether you prefer a matte or glowing finish, take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation or the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.
It’s time to create your high cheekbones. Decide which method from above you’d like to use and get to it!
Take your faux cheekbones up a notch (get it) with a popping blush, like the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Fantastical. Apply it in a “C” and inverted “C” shape from your cheekbones up toward your temples to accentuate your cheekbones even more.
When it comes to your eye makeup, you’ll want to focus on drawing the eye upward to emphasize your cheekbones even more. To do this, we recommend creating a smoky eye. You can use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme for this step. Apply a medium brown shade from the palette to your lid, a dark brown in your crease, and a light beige to your inner corner. Make sure to blend your colors well and you should be all set as far as eye shadow goes.
As we said before, you’ll want to use your eye makeup as a way to boost your high cheekbone illusion. This means it’s time to create your sharpest winged eyeliner look using the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
Complete your eye makeup with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara for an instant lash-lift effect.
Since this look involves more dramatic eye makeup, keep your lips simple—this will also help to keep the attention on your cheekbones. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose for a sheer coat of pink.
You’re almost done! Before you put away your makeup bag, reach for a setting spray like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray to ensure your makeup looks “just applied” all day (and night) long.
Next, learn how to color your cheeks with one of 2019’s hottest colors: Coral! Here’s How to Wear Coral Blush.