“I was reading through your blog, and I was wondering if you have tricks to make cheeks appear fuller without having to add fillers. I had a derma treatment which had a bad effect on my skin, and actually made my pores look larger in my cheeks and seemed to make my skin less tight, dont know what happened but my laugh lines look heavier in just a couple of weeks and the skin in my cheeks looks more slack also making my cheeks look less full. I have a long very narrow face anyway, so really could do with tips to make cheeks look fuller”

Aloha Ms. Y, thanks for your question! I am in no way an expert but my long-term affair with makeups led me to discover some tricks I thought might help you. You didn’t mention your skin type but open pores are common to those with oily skin, and that includes me. Shine exaggerates pores so the key to reducing them is to control sebum production. I find that facial wash and toners that have salicylic acid in them help mattify my face which in turn minimize the appearance of pores temporarily. I also use a face primer prior to applying foundation as the latter has a tendency to accumulate in between pores. I use dimethicone-based primers as I find them helpful in blurring my visible pores. As to how to make your cheeks look fuller, have you tried using highlighter? In principle, anything you highlight brings the object forward. Apply blush onto the apples of your cheek then sweep highlighter on top of your cheekbones. If you don’t have face highlighter, use a champagne or flesh-tone eyeshadow, it’ll work just the same. By the way, use highlighter sparingly if you have oily skin because the downside of it is that it tends to exaggerate open pores.

Stay fabulous!


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