3 Degrees of Cheekbones

Contouring Products by Giorgio Armani MUFE NARS

So many contouring products have landed on my desk in the past few weeks, so I wanted to show them in action. Get varying degrees of cheekbones — from a weekend look to super chiseled cheeks — with some of my favourite products of late.

Degree #1: I Woke Up Like Dis. ***Flawless

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush 335 Fawn

Product: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in 335 Fawn
Price & Availability: $31 at Sephora
Tools: Angled blush brush or fingers
Level of Difficulty: Beginner

A cream-to-powder formula is probably the easiest to work with when it comes to contouring, and this one by MAKE UP FOR EVER is the best I’ve tried in the recent years. It really is undetectable on the skin. 335 Fawn is a rosy brown colour, similar to the brown powder blush by the brand that I wore here. This new formula is highly blendable using either a brush or fingers, and is pigmented enough after one swipe. I’d even pair it with another shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush line on the apples of the cheeks for a youthful look. This one is great for sleepy weekends or “no makeup” makeup days.  Say you woke up like dis… flawless, and no one will be the wiser. 😉

Wearing MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush 335 Fawn
Wearing MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in 335 Fawn

Degree #2: Supermodel Off-Duty

NARS Contour Blush Paloma

Product: NARS Contour Blush in Paloma
Price & Availability: $46 at Sephora, NARS counters (The Bay and Holt Renfrew), narscosmetics.com
Tools: Angled blush brush
Level of Difficulty: Beginner

NARS is famous for their powder blushes, and the latest to join the NARS blush army is the Contour Blush. Each Contour Blush contain a highlight and a shading powder: Olympia (Ivory/Rose), Paloma (Pink beige/Deep rose), Gienah (Honey/Amber). NARS even has a tutorial on how to use them:

Because these are colour-coordinated, it really takes the guess work out of contouring. Using the techniques in the video, I was able to create a polished look that’s not harsh. The rosy brown contouring powder complements my medium skin nicely. Here I’m wearing it with NARS Blush in Love on the apples of my cheeks. The dark shade is matte, but not dry nor powdery. It just glides and blends with so much ease. I also love the luminosity of the highlighting shade without being shimmery. It even minimizes the look of pores when I swipe it down the bridge of my nose. It seems expensive at first glance, but there is so much product in this compact. There are 2.7 g highlight + 5.5 g shader = 8.2 g vs. 4.8 g in a NARS powder blush. The thing I love most about the NARS Contour Blush is that the results are noticeable, but it doesn’t look like you tried. Totally understated like a supermodel off-duty.

Wearing NARS Contour Blush Paloma
Wearing NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

Degree #3: Cumberbatch

Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer 1

Product: Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer in #1
Price & Availability: $56 at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, House of Fraser
Tools: Angled blush brush and fluffy eyeshadow crease brush
Level of Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Are you ready for some serious cheekbones that can slice apples? BTW, thanks Xiao for the best description  in life for chiseled cheeks. This isn’t an excuse to scour the Internet for photos of Benedict Cumberbatch. Except it is.

Cumberbatch cheekbones
Hey, Ben. 🙂

I bought this a couple of weeks ago at the Giorgio Armani counter after the sales associate sit me down for a makeover. Immediately after applying this on my cheeks, I decided that I had to have it. My previous go-to product for contouring — Chanel Notorious — has been de-throned. While I still love Notorious’ shadowy hue, it’s not the best choice for sleepy, early mornings (takes too long to layer/blend). Giorgio Armani #1, on the other hand, is quick and amazing. A couple swipes on the hollows of my cheeks creates cheek definition so fierce that I can’t stop there. I apply this on the sides of my temples, underneath my jaw line, in the crease of my eyes (especially in the inner crease), and down the sides of my nose. Here I paired it with MAC Blush in Supernatural and MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightsweep on the cheeks. So much cheekbones I can’t even! 🙂

Wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer 1
Wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1

Do you contour your face on an everyday basis? What’s your go-to contouring product? Cream or powder?

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  • Haha I love the names you gave to these looks! Well, done, Arianne! I don’t really “contour” contour nowadays that much. I just use a bit of bronzer and call it a day! I also prefer powder products. I have been obsessed with cream blushes, but other than that, I stick to powder highlighters/bronzers.

    • Thanks Sunny! So interesting to hear about your contouring preferences. What bronzer do you use these days? My Guerlain compact broke at the hinge *criesssss* and while it’s still useable I’m curious about what others are using. 🙂

      • Oh noooo so sorry to hear about the broken compact! I had that a while ago with a Chanel cream blush (too much love apparently does kill you). I’ve been trying way too many bronzers nowadays to know which one I’ll “settle down with” for the next few months. The Sun Celebration one from Guerlain is good, but a bit too dark for my current skin tone. The Dior matte ones are great, but both options are on the slightly darker side as well. I think you can pull them off tho! I also really like the Givenchy ones. It’s talc-free so you basically CAN’T make it look powdery!

  • Lily

    Who needs cheekbones when there’s Cumberpatch? SWOON!

    • LOL I got confused but then I realized that was a typo!

      • Lily

        Lol lol I just saw the typo. Laughed so hard!

  • LOVES IT! I like the Armani one the best 😀

    • YAY thanks Jess! I love the Armani one, too. But I almost had a heart attack when I heard how much it cost. For the effect though I had to have it!

  • I’ve been wearing a lot of NARS Olympia lately. I was surprised it works so well on my (our) skin tone 🙂 For more depth I’ve been using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and I’ve also been playing around with Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer and concealer to contour the whole face. Fun fun!

    • I love the concealer as highlight/contour trick. Especially great with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers. 🙂

  • EH EH I LOVE. I should ask a counter person to contour for me. I want BC cheeks.

    • Yes let them!! With your high cheekbones you’ll look even more killer than you do now. 😉

  • GirlinaTrenchCoat

    ANYTHING is an excuse to Google photos of Benedict Cumberbatch! 😉

  • expatmuaddict

    Arianne you just look SO beautiful-you have nailed it!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    • Thanks Stacey! 🙂 Try the products. They are really fool-proof in my opinion!


    • Thanks Tracy! Appreciate that! 😀

  • Toya

    Ok, I keep trying to get into contouring but I’m terrible at doing it on the regular – however, after seeing DEM CHEEKS I feel like I really gotta get on it! And of course, a quick glimpse of Cumberbatch always helps 😉

    • Ahahahhaa your comment made me laugh! Thanks Toya! Do give DEM CHEEKS some lovin’ sometime. They appreciate the love.

  • Sprinkle Days

    Great post =) its amazing what a little contouring can do to one’s face. Thanks for sharing this.
    Feel free to check out my blog too if you have some extra time. Take Care =)

  • You are freakin’ stunning!!! I needed to comment on how beautiful you look in these photos first… and then I’m gonna scroll back up and read! Haha

    • Ok I’m back and I NEED to try the Giorgio Armani. My go-to contour has always been Laguna from NARS, but I need to experiment with others. I want to try contouring sticks, too – any reco’s?

  • Cheryl Brant

    Wow, the pictures are amazing!
    I personally don’t contour on an everyday basis, I only apply bronzer. I love to contour when I’m going out but I usually like to keep it simple in the morning… maybe I’m just too lazy 😉

  • You wear all levels of cheekbonesieness very well! 🙂 I don’t really contour a lot myself, but seeing this makes me want to try the first level.

  • oh girllll those cheekbones! You are definitely rocking the Cumberbatch look 😉 I’m still pale enough (barely) to use NYX Taupe Blush as a contour color, so that’s my go-to for now.

  • Row

    Love this post! Just beginning to venture into the world of contouring, so this makes things less overwhelming. Btw, any excuse to check out photos of the Cumberbatch is a good excuse. 😉

  • I actually don’t contour my face. However, I am loving all the three different products on you! They are all very subtle.. even Cumberbatch (love the name). You’re just absolutely gorgeous!

  • MUFE looks great on you!!! Perfection!!!

    I’ve started to get interested in contouring but haven’t found the perfect shade yet!

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