Makeup Magic: Chiseled Cheekbones (Tutorial)

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Well defined cheekbones made by using contouring and shading methods.

Do you aspire to have cut-glass cheekbones? Just the name says it all; chiseled cheeks so high and sharp they will cut you. I don’t see a lot of blush tutorials, so when I saw this one by make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury on NET-A-PORTER, I had to share. The trick revolves around shading and contouring methods to give the illusion of higher cheekbones and added definition. Kevin Aucoin made this look relatively easy in his Making Faces and “The Art of Makeup” beauty bibles. I would go out and buy one of his books and marvel at the transformations he created with all of his tools and products, then go forth with confidence that I could eventually have the same result with a little practice. Good times…

To be fair, the video vixen already has well-defined, high cheekbones so I would have loved to have seen this tutorial on a model that didn’t already look like she was sucking her cheeks in. I have high, well-defined cheekbones as well so I am of no help.

What do you think? Are you impressed with this makeup trick? If you are or if you have tried this and achieved the look you want, share the results.

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StylEnigma

I created StylEnigma in 2014 to celebrate the beauty of individuality and creative personal expression/presentation. I love the idea of being a canvas and expressing myself by transforming into the embodiment of my mood - to the mood I want to be in. I am fascinated by different standards of beauty and style and fashion incorporates instinctively incorporates both. I use writing as a form of continued education. I've never been into cliques or trends because I've always believed that personal style supersedes trends, I've never been a follower or stressed about being liked, and what I'm thinking usually escapes my lips before I can stop it. I love dark colors like black and midnight blue. I own so much black clothing it looks like I'm in a perpetual state of mourning - and I probably am. I love nail art. In fact, I started this blog because of a Nailasaurus nail art post, and before that, I owned a nail and skincare salon, so there will be a LOT of nail art. As a lupus patient who has been riding this global crisis solo, I have acquired a vicious plant habit and currently have approximately 95, including propagations. I frequently critique nonsense, ponder the human condition, dodge the bullets and jump over the obstacles placed before me all while learning how to make ADHD work for me because at the moment, it isn't. I am also learning how to create alternative forms of content and maintain my sanity because life frequently tests it. This will be fun. Let's do this!

7 thoughts on “Makeup Magic: Chiseled Cheekbones (Tutorial)”

  1. I got all excited until I saw how well-defined the model’s cheekbones already are. D= I think this is almost like cheating, like when they use falsies in mascara advertisements.

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    1. LOL! I really hope someone without well-defined cheeks tries this and lets us know if it really works. I know the whole contouring and shading works but yes, this is kind of cheating.

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        1. I’m a big fan of contouring and shading so I know it works (and I can agree on how it looks under stage lights) but it be more of a sell if it was done on someone with not so obvious sculptured features. I might have to do it myself.

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