September 15, 2014 Ashley Rebecca Spotlight

How to Fake Supermodel Cheekbones

With Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week still fresh in our minds, there has been quite a buzz around the beauty and fashion trends seen on the runways. While these trends vary from season to season, one thing that remains the same is the ever-adored and coveted supermodel cheekbones. So what's the best way to recreate this look even if you aren't a regular on the runway? Here's a simple guide on how to fake it ‘til you make it as the next big thing.

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Step 1: Start with dewy skin
Makeup artists are constantly creating dewy-skin looks on models, which gives a healthy glow and sheen. Mix a little illuminating serum with your foundation or BB cream to give your skin instant radiance.

Product Recommendations: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Face Foundation #2, NARS Face Illuminator in "Copacabana", L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Highlighter

Step 2: Contour
This is the easiest way to define your cheekbones, but it must be done right. There is nothing worse than contouring that is muddy-looking or is too dark.  Highlighting and contouring can be a tricky undertaking at first, so I’ll let you in on a little trick: Make a fish face in the mirror. Contour where the natural hollow forms in your cheeks. Although the choice between a cream- and powder-based product is totally up to you, I think a natural-looking bronzing powder is a great product to start with. Using light strokes,  apply the product with a blush brush to the hollows of the cheeks until you see definition start to form.

Product Picks: Lancôme Star Bronzer, L'Oréal Paris Glam Bronze Powder Duo

Step 3: Pop the cheeks 
Adding a pop of color to the apples of the cheeks will bring the contouring technique full circle, by allowing your cheekbones to stand out more. I love using cream blush on the apples of the cheek as it blends smoothly and leaves a dewier effect, blending well with the concept of tip #1.

Product Picks: Tarte Cheek Stain, Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Make a Mauve

Would you try to fake supermodel cheekbones? Let us know in the comments below!

Photography: Joshua M. Shelton
Makeup Artist: Emma Willis
Model: Rosie Shapiro

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    About the Author: Ashley is a New York City-based makeup artist with a robust list of editorial and celebrity clients.