If you chowed down like me with sides like macaroni pie and candied yams, you just might have carb face. Not a technical term, but it’s what I call when you get a little puffy from eating foods high in carbohydrates. Luckily you can do a quick makeup trick to play down the appearance of carb face: contouring the cheeks.
1. After you’ve done your face makeup (and eyes if you want or you can do them after—it’s up to you), grab a cheek color (bright peaches and pinks look lovely on all shades of brown skin), a highlighter (doesn’t necessarily have to be blush—it can be any makeup product that is about 2-3 shades lighter than your skin color), and a contour shade (again, it doesn’t have to be blush, it can be a bronzer, foundation stick, an eyeshadow, or concealer but make sure it’s 2-3 shades darker than your skin color).
2. Think of your cheeks as if they were divided into three sections: the top of the cheekbones, the cheeks, and the hollows of the cheeks. Apply your blush color on the middle portion of the cheeks. I love a color like Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Tweak because it’s universally flattering on all shades of brown–you can amp up the color by using a heavy hand or tone it down with a loose powder.
3. Next apply your contour shade. While you can use any piece of makeup, try using a bronzer at least once. Covergirl Queen Collection bronzers are a favorite of celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine and even has one of the deepest bronzer shades I’ve ever seen so they make for really great contours. To apply, “hollow in” your cheeks by making a fish face and then gently apply your contour shade along this area.
4. Apply your highlight. I love to use a stick like NARS Multiple in St. Barts for cool toned skin and South Beach for warm tones. Smile to help locate your cheekbones. Apply your highlight shade in a diagonal along the tops of your cheekbones.
To avoid super obvious contour lines, take a blush brush and gently blend where two different colors meet. You want a smooth blend but be careful not to overblend and “muddy” the colors.
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And that’s that. Do you normally contour cheeks? If not, would you try now?