How to Make Your Cheekbones Stand out Without Makeup

By Emily Pate

Even if you spend plenty of time and care making up your eyes and lips, the look isn't complete without highlighting your cheekbones. Blush, or rouge, allows you to bring out your cheekbones, adding and softly sculpting shape to your face. To let your cheeks take center stage, use nude or light lipstick and neutral eye makeup. Blush applied higher on the cheekbones gives a youthful look, so never apply blush below the nostril level and closer to the nose than the iris.

Apply blush to the top of the cheekbones for a youthful look.

Step 1

Wash your face with facial cleanser. Pat dry. Apply face cream and foundation as usual, unless you're applying gel blush.

Step 2

Select a blush that matches your complexion and eye and lip makeup. Fair skinned-cheekbones highlight well with pinks and rosy hues. Olive tones benefit from peach or tawny colors. Darker skin needs apricot, colors with a slightly orange undertone or hints of red. Consider your skin undertone as well. Cool undertones like blue do well with cooler pinks and plums, while skin with warm undertones like orange or yellow need earth-toned colors. Neutral undertones need colors with cool and earth hues, like coral, rose or sandalwood.

Step 3

Apply a blush in a form that highlights your cheeks in a certain style. Cream blush gives a dewy, sun-kissed look. Powder works well for everyday use, and gels have a long-lasting effect. Apply gel blush before foundation and other makeup.

Step 4

Dab a large, soft blush brush into the blush powder or dab your fingers in the cream or gel . Smile to find the cheek's apple, or the puffy par at the top. Apply the blush on the top part of the apple in short, rounded, swooping motions instead of long sweeps, which sharpen the face. Brush outward toward the cheekbone.

Step 5

Highlight your cheeks for a sculpted look by first applying darker blush just under the cheekbone, then a lighter shade on the top of the cheekbone. Blend the two colors with a setting powder.

Step 6

Apply the darker blush just below the jawline and chin to further highlight the cheeks.

Step 7

Apply foundation and any other face makeup if you're using gel blush.

Step 8

Brush a light setting powder over the entire face after you've done all your makeup.