Makeup Contouring: Draw On Cheekbones

The secret to sculpting your face and enhancing your bone structure lies in the art of makeup contouring. It’s a beauty trick used by pros to give shape to an area of the face through the use of make-up, and while it may seem a little too time consuming at 7am when you’re dashing out the door to work, the results are totally worth it.

What’s more, there’s a new breed of contouring crayons landing on shelves that ensure minimal input, with maximum impact.

Promising to deliver make-up artist worthy results within a few simple strokes, it’s time to draw on the cheekbones of your dreams. Here are a few of our favourites, for their ability to easily enhance your best features…

Dream duo
With one to create shadow and the other to highlight, this duo from Clinique perfectly complement each other, for effortlessly sculpted and shaped cheekbones. They’re highly pigmented so sketch lightly and use your fingertips to blend.
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour in Hefty Highlight and Curvy Contour, £19 each

Bronze glow
Transform your face with this luminous, sheer and blendable bronzing stick from Laura Mercier, for a pared-back look that’s lit-from-within. Simply follow the hollow of your cheeks and let your bone structure guide you.
Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Colour Stick in Bronze Glow, £26

A dash of peach
An effortless highlighter combined with a hint of peachy blush. Use this along the tops of cheekbones to bounce the light for a lifting effect, while also giving cheeks a delicate flush of colour.
Topshop Glow Stick in Spotlight, £10

Watch our video on how to contour like a pro



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