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How to Contour for Chiseled Cheeks

Face Makeup

How to Contour for Chiseled Cheeks How to Contour for Chiseled Cheeks How to Contour for Chiseled Cheeks

Not everyone is born with the ever-adored, razor-sharp cheekbones seen on the world’s most famous supermodels. It’s not totally fair, but hey, they’re famous supermodels for a reason. It's really NBD, though. Why? Because you can create the look of high cheekbones with makeup! All you need are a few face makeup products and the right application techniques to achieve a perfectly sculpted makeup look. And if that sounds like a bit of an undertaking, relax. We’ve got you covered! We’re detailing everything you’ll need—from foundation to makeup setting spray—to fake the appearance of chiseled cheeks.


First things first, you’ll need to gather your supplies.

What you’ll need:

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

Makeup blender

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Highlighter Shaping Sticks

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Sticks

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray


All those contouring maps you’ve seen on your social media feeds may have you believing that this makeup technique is super-complicated. But it turns out that it’s actually quite simple when you really break it down.

Step 1: Perfect your base

Before you actually start contouring, you should start your makeup routine by applying foundation. Since contouring tends to be associated with a more done-up look, we recommend using a buildable foundation with a radiant finish that will easily allow you to reach your desired level of coverage.

Step 2: Contour

Grab a makeup blender meant for contouring and a shaping stick that’s darker than your skin tone. To carve out your cheekbones, you’ll want to make a fish face in the mirror and trace the shaping stick along the natural hollows of your cheeks. Once you have a line on either side of your face, blend out with the makeup blender. Notice the definition that’s already starting to take place? It’s time to move on to the next step.

Editor’s tip: To create a natural-looking contour, it’s important that your contour product isn’t too dark. Look for a cool-toned product that’s only 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. That will be best for creating realistic “shadows” that mimic the look of prominent cheekbones.

Step 3: Highlight

It’s no secret that cheeks look especially glamorous with a little bit of shimmer. And with just a few quick swipes of highlighter, you’ll be able to add a major glow factor to the highest points of your face. To get the look, apply your highlighting stick to the tops of your cheekbones. Once your skin is shining bright, you can blend out with your finger or a makeup blender. (For even more glow, highlight down the bridge of your nose and around the inner corners of your eyes.)

Step 4: Add color to your cheeks

Adding just a smidge of blush to the apples of your cheeks can help elevate your contouring technique. Dab a cream blush (it’s always best to stick with a formulation that’s similar to the rest of your face makeup picks) onto your cheeks and be sure to blend out.

Step 5: Seal your look

Now that you’ve created perfectly chiseled-looking cheekbones, you want to make sure it stays put all day long, don’t you? Spritz on a makeup setting spray to help set your look.

Et voila! The cheekbones of your dreams. And, it really wasn’t all that hard, now was it?


No time in the morning to work your way through a full contouring routine? No problem. Scrap the aforementioned steps and product list and you can still create the appearance of supermodel-worthy chiseled cheekbones. After completing your skin care routine, simply use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer (in a shade that’s darker than your skin tone) to add some illumination and definition to your face. Apply it to your cheekbones and you’re ready to head out the door—and start snapping some selfies!

What’s that? Your cheekbones aren’t the only thing you want to contour? In that case, here’s How to Contour Your Body.