Chiselled cheekbones and contoured cheeks are the things of makeup dreams and something that most people can only admire from their sofa whilst catching up on the Kardashians. It is one of those coveted makeup secrets – how to enhance your natural bone structure in an effortless, natural way and something that I try to achieve, and sometimes succeed with, on a daily basis. Well Clinique has risen to the challenge and are launching a selection of new products to help us girls shape and sculpt with ease and say hello to those cheekbones!
First up is a variation on Clinique’s classic Chubby Stick with these two new chunky crayons designed specifically to sculpt, contour and highlight the cheek area. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight* (£19) and Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour* (£19) are a perfect pairing to help you achieve flawless cheekbones in a few simple strokes. The Sculpting Contour is a warm, rich brown which may look a little scary on first application but is so smooth and creamy it can be effortlessly blended into the skin. Just start lightly handed and build it up if necessary. This contour stick can be applied wherever shadows would naturally fall so just under your cheekbone, either side of your nose, along the jawline or around the temples – wherever you desire. You know the drill, suck your cheeks in and apply! You can use a brush or your fingers to blend this colour in but I find it best to gently blend and fade the contour colour in with my fingertips. Once the depth and definition has been applied it is time to add the highlight and the Sculpting Highlight crayon is wonderful at giving your skin a beautiful pearly sheen without any clumsy glitter or shimmer. It contains pearlised, light-reflecting pigments which helps you achieve a luminous look to contrast again the matte, darkened contours on your face. Again this stick can be easily swiped or dabbed along your cheekbones, down the middle of your nose or in the middle of your forehead. This cream highlight is so pretty and subtle but is slightly frosty which I like, but I know some people would prefer something warmer with golden tones.
But if cream formulas are not your thing when it comes to contouring and highlighting those cheekbones then do not fear as Clinique are also releasing their new Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes* (£28) in four defining shades to deliver a rich, long-lasting fresh flush to beautifully emphasise bone structure. Each powder palette contains a tri-toned compact – a colour, a contour and a highlight colour, which can be used separate or simply swirled together for a pretty, all over natural glow. For blush in a rush you can easily just use one, two or all of the three shades swirled together but for super-sculpted cheeks then you can use the darkest powder colour to contour, the lightest shade to highlight and then the medium shade to sweep onto the apples of your cheeks. These are beautiful blushers but they do contain a slight shimmer, even the darker contour shades, so I would much prefer to use the Chubby Stick to contour and then use these cheek palettes to highlight and add a flush of colour to my cheeks. I have shades 02. Defining Berries and 04. Defining Nudes and I think the latter one is definitely my favourite, The pretty cream, apricot and nude shades are lovely and it works best as a contour and highlight kit or just as a normal blush to add a sweet sweep of shimmer and colour.
What do you think of these new products from Clinique (available on counters nationwide from 6th February 2015)? What are your favourite products to contour and highlight those cheekbones?