How to Highlight Cheek Bones

Carefully applied blush will highlight your gorgeous cheekbones.

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Whether you were born with gorgeous cheekbones or you need a smidge of help from your blush, you can learn how to highlight cheekbones for dramatic effect. By using rosy colors, you can create subtle or bold contours in your cheeks. Keep it muted for daytime wear but amp it up with extra energy before stepping out in the evening.


Choose your color carefully. Cool skin tones should stick to mauves, plums and pinks. Warm skin tones should go for earthy blush colors with gold and brown undertones. Olive-skinned girls can step it up a notch with berries and plums, and dark girls can get dramatic with fuchsia and red.


Look in the mirror and give it your biggest smile. You need to see those apples in your cheeks because that is where the blush needs to go.


Start applying the lighter-colored blush at the apples of your cheeks and sweep it diagonally back just above the cheekbones in short little strokes.


Add the darker-colored blush right under the light blush to create some contour in your cheeks.


Blend the two colors with the sponge or the brush so they mix together flawlessly on your cheeks.


Add a smidge of the darker blush color under your jaw line to enhance the contours you're trying to create.


Place a tiny dab of the lip balm at the top edge of your cheek apples to highlight your cheekbones in a fierce and dazzling way.

Things You'll Need


1.Light and dark shades of blush

3.Lip balm (clear)

2.Applicator sponge or brush


Tips & Tricks


Use powder, cream or gel blush. Powders are the standard blush formula, but don't overlook creams and gels as effective blush alternatives. Cream blushes can look beautifully subdued for daytime wear, and gels will keep going all day or evening without fading or wearing off.

Not sure about your skin tone? Flip your wrist over and check out the veins. If your veins look blue, you're a cool girl. If your veins look greenish, you're a warm girl.


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