How to Accentuate Cheek Bones

Not everyone is born with high, shapely cheekbones, but mastering the art of highlighting and contouring can help to make every face look its best. A combination of shading and brightening are makeup techniques that enhance the facial structure and accentuate cheekbones. Makeup is your tool for drawing out your natural beauty and brightening your face.

Things You'll Need

  • Foundation
  • Highlighter, powder or cream
  • Contouring powder, 1-2 shades darker than your natural skin tone
  • Pink blush, cream or powder
  • Flat-edged contour brush
  • Small powder brush
  • Foundation brush


    • 1

      Apply your foundation using the foundation brush. Ensure smooth, even coverage and blend into the hairline and neck to remove any obvious makeup lines.

    • 2

      Press your contour brush into the contour powder, picking up a small amount of product. Lightly dab the product into the hollows of your cheeks up to your temples.

    • 3

      Blend the contour powder using small, circular motions. Blend out the color thoroughly, pulling the product downward and back into the hairline. This will create shape in the face and cause the cheeks to "pop."

    • 4

      Swirl your blush brush into the blusher. Apply the brush lightly onto the apples of your cheeks.

    • 5

      Blend the blush back toward your temple and down into the contour powder. Use small, circular movements to mix the colors and smooth out any obvious lines.

    • 6

      Press the small powder brush lightly into your highlight powder or cream. Using a light hand, dab small dots of highlighter along your upper cheekbone, above the blush and just below your eye socket.

    • 7

      Blend the highlighter into the blush, drawing the product up and around the eye. The highlighter will reflect light at the high points of your cheekbones creating the illusion of height.

Tips & Warnings

  • If contour powder looks too harsh on your skin, select a warm bronzer instead.
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