How Should I Contour and Highlight My Cheekbones?

High cheekbones are universally attractive and desireable, and it’s rare to find a supermodel without them. Contouring and highlighting products make it easier than ever to fake the sculpted look.

High cheekbones are universally attractive and desirable, and it’s rare to find a supermodel without them. Whilst some lucky people are genetically blessed with good bones, others have to fake the sculpted look.

This task has become easier with the growing popularity of contouring and highlighting. Accentuating the cheekbones is actually one of the most straightforward contouring tasks. Once you’ve nailed the technique, it will be a quick and easy addition to your makeup routine.


How should I contour and highlight my cheekbones?


Choosing your contour product

Your contour shade should emulate a real shadow, and it’s important to choose a fully matte shade with grey and beige undertones. Some people attempt to use bronzer as contour, but warm, shimmery browns don't look natural at all in this context.

Your contour should be just one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Mixing shades from a palette is a great way to find the perfect match for your complexion.

We have plenty of contour palettes available in both powder and cream formulas. A cream is easier to blend and great for a dewy finish but may be too much for oily skin. Powder requires more blending but leaves a more natural, matte finish.

Applying your contour for sculpted cheekbones

When contouring your cheekbones, you need to work out exactly where to place the product. If you have already prominent cheekbones or a thin face, simply suck in, and you'll see hollows form. Follow these shadows with your contour for accurate placement.

If you can’t see your cheekbones, use your fingers to feel for the bone. Or smile and find the highest point of your smile. The contour should go under this point.

Using the right applicator is important at this stage. The Sigma F57 brush is the perfect option for cheekbones, as this model has been specifically designed to fit around the contours of your face.

When applying contour, be sure to use only small amounts of product at a time, and blend the products upwards. Blending the product downwards may muddy the look, unless you have a round face and want to elongate it. Bring the product right to the hairline and in a crescent shape towards the ear for a seamless finish.

Finally, use a clean brush such as the Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush to blend the contour in circular motions. Take a step back to check that both sides are equal and blended correctly.

Unlike with nose contouring, the cheekbone contour should be fully blended before applying highlight. This way, you can accurately see where the highlight should go.


How should I contour and highlight my cheekbones?


Choosing the perfect highlighter

Shimmery highlight is great for enhancing high cheekbones, but it depends on how natural you want to look. We recommend Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow for a full-on shimmer and Inika Baked Mineral Illuminisor for a softer sheen.



Applying your highlighter


The highlight should be lightly swept along the cheekbone, above the contour, focusing on the highest point of the cheek. A fan brush such as the Sigma F90 ensures a light touch and perfectly distributed highlight.

Avoid going too strong with highlight towards the centre of the face. Focus more on sweeping up towards the ear for higher cheekbones

Voilà! Not everyone is blessed with supermodel cheekbones, but with some practice, you can achieve well-defined cheekbones every day.


How should I contour and highlight my cheekbones?

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