High, pronounced cheekbones don’t only make pictures sans filter better, but they can also create beautiful slimming facial features. There’s one trend that everyone is talking about today and that’s cheek ‘CONTOURING’. If you haven’t already heard, it’s enhancing a flat looking face to achieve high cheekbones effect like Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashians. In this section, SKIN’s experts provide you with tips and tricks on how to simply enhance you cheekbones without undergoing the knife.
#1 INSTANT CHEEKBONES WITH FILLERS
She looks effortlessly flawless on camera with her pouty lips and killer cheekbones. Yes, we’re talking about you, Angelina. Sure, she had good genes going for her but it was the fierce angles of her face that the camera loved. Strong cheekbones reflect light and add symmetry to the face. All classic beauties have them. “Cheekbones are the scaffolding that holds up the face. Unfortunately, as we age, our cheekbones lose their volume, forming unlovely jowls and folds.” Explains Dr. Chua Han Boon, a medical consultant at The Sloane Clinic. “Everything is pulled up when you fill in the cheeks.” Building up the cheeks has become the ultimate solution in anti-aging.
“Cheek Sculpt can rebuild the planes of the face with well-placed injections. It helps to diminish the nasolabial folds, reduce the downturn of the mouth, and decrease the hollow of the eyes.” Explains Dr. Chua further. The results last anywhere from eight months to a year, and there is virtually no downtime.
#2 CONTOURING BRUSH
Well, not all of us are blessed with Karlie Kloss’s supermodel cheekbones. So some fake it. Celebrity makeup artists have been credited for bringing flat looking faces of movie stars to life by giving them the illusion of sculpted cheekbones. Here’s our easy guide to getting perfect cheekbones in just five steps.
Step 1: For the contour, feel where your cheekbone is. Apply your contouring powder right under that. They run from the top of the ear to the fleshy part of your cheek but don’t take it too far to your mouth. Push a finger up against your cheeks to locate their bottom edge, or lightly suck in your cheek; the hollows that form are the areas you’re targeting at.
Step 2: Swirl an angled brush into a matte bronzer about three shades darker than your skin tone. Use the slanted top edge of your brush to sweep the colour upwards underneath your cheekbones. Try to create a half-moon shape rather than linear.
Step 3: Now, use a fluffy brush to blend away any harsh edges.
Step 4: Your highlighter should go right along the top edge of your cheekbones, just under the eye. Take a pencil from your nose to your upper cheekbone, take that ‘V’ from the corner of your eye to the nose and highlight that whole area under the eye. Dab outward and up along the bone. Blend by dabbing away at the outer edges of the highlighter.
Step 5: Lightly swirl powder blush on the cheek apples with a fluffy blusher brush to add some freshness.
Many people question if facial exercises can actually work to reshape or sculpt the face. Some claim when done correctly, facial exercises can sculpt the face by creating symmetry and balance.
Facial exercises have been around as long as youth has been considered the hallmark of beauty.
The first official guide, was published in Paris in 1710, outlining the beauty routine of Ninon de L’Enclose.
Today, the go-to expert is Carole Maggio, the LA-based creator of Facercise, whose facial exercise classes based on repetitive flexing of the face while using finger as resistance. Her Ultimate Facercise program consists of 13 synergistic exercises which target the 57 muscles of the face and neck.
If you’re planning on trying, don’t forget to take before and after pictures so you can see if facial exercise really works!
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– By Jennifer Wu
*This article has been selected Editor’s Choice for Sep 2015*