High cheekbones are a highly sought-after facial feature most commonly seen on supermodels. You’re either born with them or not, but there are ways you can define your cheekbones to make them appear more sculpted.
In addition to makeup techniques and cosmetic procedures, you can achieve prominent cheekbones simply by upgrading your skincare routine. With a few good skincare products, tools, and a little know-how, it’s definitely possible to make your face look firmer, slimmer, and more defined.
Here are a few easy ways to sculpt and define your cheekbones, regardless of your face shape.
#1: Apply a Firming Facial Oil
Whether you’re looking to sharpen your cheekbones or build a stronger jawline, turn to an elasticity-restoring facial oil or serum like Truly’s Blueberry Kush CBD Face Oil.
This antioxidant-rich serum contains a powerful blend of blueberries, vegan collagen, and hydroxy acids to resurface skin, smooth out creases, and enhance skin’s elasticity. Its key ingredient — vegan collagen — can help give the appearance of a more defined bone structure by tightening loose skin around the cheeks and jawline. You can use it on your entire face to firm up face fat and leave skin looking visibly more chiselled over time.
#2: Massage Your Cheekbones
According to the experts, a daily ritual of massaging your cheekbones can help to tone and sculpt the area over time. Aim to give yourself a deep tissue massage for 10-15 minutes a day. Not only will this define your cheekbones, but it will also release any tension in the cheek muscles, preventing headaches.
To perform a facial massage at home, place each hand on each cheek. Using your fingertips, press upwards toward the cheekbones, and repeat several times. Then, massage the area using circular motions for 3-60 seconds. You should be left with beautifully flushed cheeks once you’re done! And in the long run — chiselled cheekbones!
#3: Try Gua Sha
Gua shua is an ancient beauty ritual that’s been found to stimulate blood flow, boost lymphatic drainage, activate the body, and ultimately improve skin tone and firmness.
“Gua Sha is particularly helpful for lymphatic drainage in our face because we don't move the muscles in our face all that much,” explains Alder New York’s co-founder, Nina Zilka. “The intentional movements of a facial massage will help move the lymph through the system and result in a more toned and sculpted appearance.”
People use gua sha to tone up their facial muscles, define their cheekbones, and get rid of double chins. However, in order to see results, it’s important to perform the technique correctly — and do it consistently.
Using a Gua Sha tool, glide over the face contours in an upward, outward direction to create a flushing of the skin. It’s best to start with a facial oil so that the tool easily glides across the face. And you really can use it anywhere — your cheeks, jawlines, and the bridge of your nose. Gua sha is a powerful anti-aging technique well worth incorporating into your daily skincare routine.
#4: Reach for Retinol
To firm up your skin, you need to focus on putting spring into your skin, aka increasing elasticity.
According to Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann, “Elasticity is what makes youthful skin snap back when you press it.”
Using a serum or moisturizer containing retinoids each day will help re-stimulate elasticity production, and increase skin’s firmness for a stronger set of cheekbones.
You’ll find retinol in Truly’s Purple Rain Facial Serum, a wrinkle-reducing formula of retinol, glycolic acid, and antioxidants that keep skin looking fresh, smooth, and springy. For best results, use daily after cleansing.
Tantouring is essential tan contouring — a longer-lasting alternative to bronzer, concealer, and highlighter. The method involves applying a self-tanner to the cheekbones to give a natural contour, emphasizing the cheekbones and making them appear more defined.
You can contour various areas of the face including like hollows of your cheeks, temples, and bridge of the nose. You can even tantour your body to define areas such as your cleavage and stomach.
To do it yourself, pull a fish face, sucking in your cheeks, then using a makeup sponge or brush, sweep the self-tanning product from underneath the cheek to the top of the ear.
We recommend using Truly’s Hotter in Person Bronzing Cream. It provides a natural, sun-kissed looking tan on all skin types. Plus, it offers additional skincare benefits like hydration thanks to its nourishing blend of jojoba oil and ginseng. Flecked with gold shimmer, this tanning cream adds a little radiance to your cheekbones — making it an excellent alternative to highlighter.
#6: Give Your Face a Workout
Face yoga, or facial exercises, are a great way to naturally lift the cheeks and promote a radiant, youthful appearance — thanks to increased blood flow and circulation.
The best cheekbone lifting exercise? Dermatologist Hadley King breaks down her favorite exercise for sculpting the cheekbones: “Open mouth and form an O, position the upper lip over the teeth, smile to lift cheek muscles up, put fingers lightly on the top part of the cheeks, release the cheek muscles to lower them, and lift back up. Repeat.”
In order to see a visible difference, it’s important to make facial yoga part of your daily routine. Within 4-6 weeks, you should see your cheekbones beginning to look sharper.
If you’re looking to achieve high cheekbones a la Gigi Hadid, you don’t have to resort to dermal fillers or other expensive in-office procedures. With a few firming skincare products, stimulating tools, and daily exercises, you can define your cheekbones — and any other areas of your face or body. Obviously, non-surgical cheek lifting isn’t going to give you the dramatic results of an in-office treatment, but you will be able to see a difference — provided that you stay consistent, that is!