3 Easy Contouring Hacks For Instant Cheekbones

Meet your new contouring BFF, the spoon.
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January 27, 2015
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Urban Decay, beauty hacks, contouring, contour, cheekbones, makeup hacks

Cheekbone contouring can be one of those steps in your makeup routine that you just prefer to skip. For me, some matte bronzer just below the cheekbone makes all the difference, taking globular to angular with the swipe of a brush.

But what of technique? Using Urban Decay's Buck (a matte brown) as my contour powder, I’m going to test-run three contouring methods and see what works best.

Though this is regularly used for more angular looks, with a bit of blending you can definitely make it work.



I liked this method for ease, but if you're wearing foundation, it does get a little tricky as it can peel off product.

The Spoon Method

From curling eyelashes to de-puffing eyes, spoons seem to do everything in the beauty world. Why not add contouring to the mix? Similar to the tape method, the spoon covers the area where you don't want the contour to go.

Hold the spoon over your cheekbone and apply the contour powder with a brush. Don't press too hard or the spoon will leave an indent on your face.


I prefer the spoon to the tape, as I think the curve of the spoon creates a more natural finish. Plus, it won't peel of your foundation.

The Letter E Trick

This is my go-to when it comes to contouring, mostly because it doesn't require any extra equipment. Basically you're drawing the letter E on your face with your contouring brush--taking it from your temples, to underneath your cheekbones, and then to your jaw. Bonus: You can highlight by drawing a C within the top part of the E, starting from beneath the brow bone and ending at the tops of your cheekbones.


  • Which is your favorite contouring method?
  • Do you love any contouring powders as much as I love Buck?