Cheekbones: How To Fake High Cheekbones

High cheekbones are a genetic gift that most of us didn't get, and to be honest - we're a little envious. However, with a little bit of well-placed makeup and a little bit of patience, you can be the proud owner of a pair of glamorous cheekbones too.

Prominent cheekbones are not only sexy, but they can help to make the angles of your face look more defined. They add definition to your face for that sleek look that so many of us crave. But you don’t have to be born with perfect bone structure to look like you have perfect bone structure. So don’t stress; just follow our tips and tricks to fake it till you make it. 

In this article, we'll teach you everything you need to know to fake those high cheekbones you’ve been lusting after. So wash that beautiful face of yours, get comfy in front of a mirror, and grab your holy grail makeup box - let's work with what your mama gave you and create the appearance of high, defined cheekbones that would put any runway model to shame. 

Part One: Contouring

Ah, contouring! A makeup artist go-to technique that has been used for decades. And for good reason. Contouring refers to the application of shadows and highlights to create the illusion of depth on the face. But, we’re sure you already knew that. What you probably didn't know, however, is that in order to fake those jaw-dropping cheekbones you've always dreamt of, contouring is an absolute must.  

Pro-Tip: “It’s all about that base!” Slather on a high-quality moisturizer right after washing your face to keep your skin feeling soft, supple, and velvety smooth. Prepping the skin with a moisturizer and a primer before you go in with any makeup will ensure that your hard-won cheekbones stay all day. Avoid this and be sure to have a good starting base by using a moisturizer prior to applying any makeup. 

Concealer and Foundation

To contour your face the best way possible so your cheekbones really stand out, always start by applying your favorite foundation so that you have a good base for the contouring to come. This will help to make your cheekbones really POP and ensure that you have a flawless complexion to build on. 

Pro-Tip: Pick a concealer or a cream foundation in a shade that is a tone or two lighter than your skin. Apply it to your forehead, chin, bridge of your nose, and cheeks. Blend with either a makeup sponge or a flat foundation brush to make sure you have no lingering extra-pale areas. 

Bronze, Baby, Bronze!

Choose a good quality bronzer that is slightly darker than your skin tone. If you have cool undertones, you should stick with neutral bronzers. People with warm undertones can use warmer bronzers with golden undertones. 

Using a bronzer brush, apply the bronzer in light strokes below your cheekbones on the shadow zone, or "cheek hollows." Not exactly sure where your cheek hollows are located? Don't worry, they are easy to find! Just suck in your cheeks and create an adorable little fish face. The indents in your cheeks are the bronzing “sweet spots”. 

Then, starting from the corner of your mouth, sweep small amounts of bronzer up until you reach your hairline, just above your ear.

Pro-Tip: Need help to figure out what type of beautiful skin tone you've been blessed with? Simply hold the underside of your wrist up to the sun. If your veins look green, you have a warm skin tone. Purple or blue veins mean you have a cool skin tone, while blue-green veins mean you have a neutral skin tone. 

Blend and Adjust

For that perfect contouring, the most crucial step is blending. It can sometimes be tricky to blend with your fingers, so make life a little easier and get yourself a couple of great beauty sponges. Our favorite comes in a pack of two from Milani called The Perfector Duo Blending Sponges: a multi-tasking, non-disposable sponge pair for flawless makeup application.

Take your blending sponge and blend in the bronzer. You shouldn't see any stripes or sharp lines, but be sure not to spread the bronzer into the apple of your cheek. If the shade is too light, simply add another layer.

Pro-Tip: It's a good idea to dampen your beauty sponge because a dry beauty sponge will eat up your makeup product and fast. Simply hold it under the water for a couple of seconds and squeeze out any excess liquid. You want it so it's just a little damp, not drenched.  


Contour The Rest Of Your Face

You've already come this far with the contouring, take it one step further to really accent your bone structure and contour the rest of your face. Apply a little bronzer along the outside edge of your temples, curving down along your jawline.

If you’re looking for a new way to switch up your look, contouring is the way to do it. You can even contour your nose by placing two lines of bronzer on either side of the bridge of your nose and blending out. Add a highlight shade right down the center, and boom! Extra defined nose. 

Part Two: Blush And Highlighter

Ooh, la la! Who doesn't like having rosy cheeks? When it comes to creating foolproof cheekbones, you're going to need a little bit of blush. Blush can add that instant perfection and height to your cheekbones and is perfect for day and formal wear. However, applying it can be tricky because too much of it will end up looking a little bit tacky - so be careful. 

Next to blush, a shimmery highlighter is also needed to create those flawless high cheekbones. We absolutely love Milani's Highlighter Duo. With a tag team of powder and cream formula, the Highlighter Duos are the ultimate glow-getter and is sure to have people asking if you work the runway with those cheekbones. 

First, We Blush

Gently apply your favorite blush onto the center of your cheek. You never want to bring the blush too close to your nose. As a general rule, leave a space the size of two fingers' width in between the blush and the side of your nose. 

Pro-Tip: If you're not too sure which color to choose, pinch your cheeks, and try to match that flushed color. In general, olive skin calls for blush with blue undertones. Fair skin looks great with pink or peach blush and dark skin can rock bright pinks or oranges.  

Highlight, Highlight, Highlight!

We can't stress the importance of highlighting enough. A good highlight on the cheek will reflect light, creating an eye-catching shimmer that will really accentuate your cheekbones. If you ask us, this is the ultimate tool to get those mile-high cheekbones that everyone is after. 

Pick a highlighter a little lighter than your skin tone. A golden highlighter works nicely on deeper skin tones, while people with fair skin may prefer a light, pearly color. Tap the highlighter right along the top of your cheekbone, where it's most visible. Extend this up to the lower edge of your eye, reaching near the outer corner. Using your blending sponge, blend the highlighter in with small circular motions as you apply it. 

When applied correctly, highlighter can instantly open up the look of your eyes, define your face, and create symmetry. Seriously, let's take a moment and give a quick round of applause for such a multi-tasking, illuminating product! Now that you know how to highlight your face to accentuate your cheekbones, let's touch on a few other places that could benefit from a dab of highlighter or two to complete your killer look:

  • The tip or bridge of your nose.

  • Above your cupid's bow.

  • Beneath the arch of your eyebrows.

  • Above the arch of your eyebrows.

  • The center of your forehead.

  • The center of your chin.

    Pro-Tip: Don't have a super awesome highlighter? Never fear. You can improvise by using an eyeshadow shade suited for your skin tone. Just keep in mind that a little eye shadow can go a long way, so start slow and be careful not to overdo it. 

    Wrap It Up

    Once you're done with the blush and highlighter, grab your beauty sponge and blend in all the makeup thoroughly to avoid sharp lines and other artificial effects. Once you're happy with your look, lock it in place with a good quality powder like Milani's Make It Last Setting Powder. This loose, translucent powder seals in makeup and extends wear for all-day glam. Those rockin’ cheekbones are now going to last you all day long. 

    A Final Word 

    Let’s face it: not all of us are born with high cheekbones, and that’s totally fine. But if you want to really make your bone structure pop, you can absolutely fake them with a little well-applied makeup. Grab your bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and get ready to sculpt those cheekbones to the gods. With the team at Milani by your side, you’ll never look anything less than fabulous.