Sunken cheeks have a variety of causes, including a lack of nutrition, stress and rapid weight loss. You can use makeup to cover your cheeks’ sunken appearance and make them look as full as you desire. Making sunken cheeks look supple and rosy can be a challenge, but it is achievable. Selecting the right colors for you, and welding the appropriate tools, will help you transform your cheeks from sunken to sunny in a few short minutes.

Things You'll Need

Start with a clean, moisturized face. Apply concealer to the places on your face that you normally do, like under the eyes and over scars. Use your fingertips to dab a little concealer onto the top your cheekbones. Blend so that it creates a highlight on your cheekbones.

Add foundation to your face as needed. Once the foundation is dry, dust on a light touch of matching face powder. Using a large blush brush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks — the part of the cheek that rounds when you smile — starting close to your hairline and brushing inward towards your nose. Start with a small amount of blush and increase as needed.

Finish off your makeup with eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss as needed. Check your look in natural light to make sure that everything is blended properly. Be sure to smile throughout the day, as this will help your cheeks to look fuller as well.


  • For the days when you lack the time to put on a full face of makeup, you can skip the full process and just use the concealer to highlight and the blush to get a glow. You can use bronzer if you prefer it over a blusher. Don’t forget that exercise is great for getting a glow since it improves your overall circulation, so be sure to incorporate more into your daily routine.