So you've noticed that the Balmain designer has improbably perfect cheekbones. Getting them yourself is easier than you think.
Never mind the bedazzled fabulousness that will surely find itself on the backs of the #balmainarmy, uh, tonight. If there was one thing we know we'll be especially transfixed by when Cov-alum Olivier Rousteing takes his final bow at Balmain's spring 2015 show in a few hours, it's those. cheekbones. We mean, guys: following a little late-night Instagram lurking and after thumbing and double-tapping our way through his stream of selfies, we essentially found ourselves with a brand new beauty icon on our hands.
So how does one obtain cheekbones à la Olivier? (Sans filters, that is.) To begin, we like a few dabs of a buildable concealer as a base that evens out the complexion—our favorites include Bobbi Brown, Benefit, and more recently, RMS Beauty's Un Coverup, a super airy, blendable and moisturizing concealer-foundation hybrid.
Once you've evened out your skin tone, it's time to get down to business and carve out some serious cheekbones. Learn to love the contour. Work in a powder, or even a liquid foundation, that's slightly darker than your complexion riiight underneath the cheekbone, or where the hollows of your cheeks appear when you suck your cheeks in. Follow that line and blend, blend, blend. We like using a slightly contoured powder brush for this. A matte bronzer (without shimmer) works, too—just opt for one that errs slightly more on the side of brown than orange. We're partial to Kevyn Aucoin's The Sculpting Powder, Cover Fx Bronzer and Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate Palette.
You know how Rousteing always has that lit-from-within glow thing going on, even when posing next to the likes of Rihanna and Joan Smalls? This is where we bring out the highlighter big guns. You want something with finely-milled shimmer, rather than chunky specks of sparkle. Try tapping a shimmery cream or liquid formula, like M.A.C.'s Lustre Drops or Illamasqua's Gleam Cream, along the very tops of cheekbones, the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and in the cupid's bow to illuminate. Prefer to go the powder route? Try dusting a touch of Laura Mercier's Mineral Illuminating Powder in the same spots. Now get out there and take your bow (or, rather, your Kardashian-filled Instagram shot).