The Easy Way To Enhance Your Cheekbones

From sculpting sticks to glossy highlighters and tinted balms, there are plenty of ways to enhance your natural bone structure. Here, three make-up artists explain how to get it right…
By Rebecca Hull /

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Remember The Light & Shade Rule

“Enhancing your cheekbones with make-up is all about creating the right amount of light and shade. Remember: highlight what you want to bring forward, and contour what you want to push back. You can also try the ‘Kate Moss’ hack that’s currently all over social media. Take a cream product, like Charlotte Tilbury’s Contour Wand, make a dot under where your cheekbone ends (near the sides of your mouth) and softly blend in circular motions until it’s smoothed out. It’s the easiest way to create the illusion of hollow cheeks.” Sophie Tilley

Take A ‘Lip To Ear’ Approach

“When it comes to contouring, use the outer corner of your mouth as a guide. Then, imagine a vertical line travelling up to the top of your ear. Start by buffing the colour – be it a cream bronzer or powder – down this line, then stop when you reach where the centre of your pupil would meet your cheek. You want any colour to stay beneath the cheekbone, not above it. This helps to ‘lift’ the bone structure rather than flattening it.” Jessica Kell

“Powders are great for contouring – I recommend using one like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder. Start at the top of your cheekbone – next to your ear – then sweep towards the nose, below your cheekbone. This creates a shadow, and a slimmer face shape. You then want to add some light and bring the cheekbones forward. Use a highlighting stick, like Westman Atelier’s. Sweep it along the upper side of your cheekbone and blend it in with your fingertips.” – Sophie 

Find The Right Tone

“To create a natural-looking contour or shadow under your cheekbone, you want to use products with a cooler undertone to them. Try to avoid anything yellow or too golden around your cheekbones, as these can end up looking muddy.” Jennifer Oliver

Don’t Forget Highlighter

“One of the most foolproof ways to enhance your cheekbones is by using a cream highlight with minimal shimmer. Just a small amount tapped onto the highest parts of your cheekbones can be enough – especially if you’re short on time. Look for ones with just a hint of shimmer so they catch the light.” – Jennifer 

“Texture is key for defining your cheekbones. I recommend Stila’s Heaven’s Hue Highlighter which feels like putty. Bouncy and mousse like, it’s a hybrid between a cream and powder, which also means it lasts. It has light-diffusing particles that give skin a soft, luminous glow. These formulas are so easy to apply and blend, making sculpting your skin a quick and easy task.” – Sophie 

Use Everything In Harmony

“For a naturally sculpted look, it's all about blending your products thoroughly and using products that work together. For example, blending your contour with your blusher, bronzer and highlighter is a must. This doesn’t mean you need to use loads of product: just use a little touch of colour under the cheekbones, a pop of blush on the apples of the cheeks, adding a little warmth with your bronzer and a slick of subtle highlighter to finish. Whether you’re using powder, creams or liquids, let all the colours melt into each other so they don’t stand out on their own.” – Jennifer

Try Skincare Tools

“It’s not just make-up that gives the illusion of more prominent cheekbones – the right skincare tools can make a big difference. NuFace is my favourite for retraining and strengthening the facial muscles into a new, higher position. It gives a tauter appearance and helps to enhance the structure of your facial framework. Likewise, a good gua sha session can work wonders. It’s non-invasive, therapeutic and, though results are short-term, it can help to manipulate your face a temporary glow.” – Sophie 

Pay Attention To Your Brushes

“Once you’ve found the shades and textures that work for you, it’s just as important to find the right tools with which to apply them. The Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush is my go-to for contouring cheekbones – it also applies foundation and cream blush really well. It’s a great all-rounder. The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush also has a really good, tapered shape with super soft bristles that hug the cheekbones – it makes it super easy to find your angles.” – Jennifer 

Finally, Go Slow 

“Less is more when it comes to enhancing your cheekbones. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is dipping a brush into a contour product and not thinking about where they’re applying it, or how much they’re using. Go slowly and tap off the excess onto your hands before you apply anything to your cheeks. You want to layer up gradually – remember, it’s easier to add more than it is to take it away.” – Jennifer 

For more beauty tips, follow @JessicaKMakeUp, @SophieTilley.uk & @Jennifer_MakeUp


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