Cheekbones That Changed The World

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Perhaps the obsession with highly defined and dramatized cheekbones started with black and white film. It's when the chiseled features of classic beauties like Katharine Hepburn—a star whose bone structure created gorgeous lines on the silver screen—became the beauty ideal.

Today, in full color, celebrities with fabulous bone structure and mile high cheekbones continue to be envied. Click through this gallery to see which celebrities of past and present have raised the bar. See the celebrities with cheekbones so high, and perfect, and face shapes so enviable, women across the world fumble with their blush brush in an effort to contour and copy. Also, get tips on how to define your own cheekbones, for the ultimate glamorous and dramatic look.


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The Italian beauty Sophia Loren's high cheekbones made waves in the Sixties, making her one of the most popular actresses in the world. Even as she aged, she continued to have awe-inspiring cheekbones—a feat many women find difficult as they get older. Why is this? "The cheeks will tend to lose fat as we age. Recent evidence from CT scans seems to indicate the bones of the face change as well with the cheekbones receding somewhat over time. This results in the sunken look," says Dallas facial plastic surgeon D.J. Verret, MD.



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Former actress, model and wife of musician Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger has gorgeous bone structure. To emulate her cheekbones, there are options for those who have lost important fat in the face. "Technically there are no facial fillers approved by the FDA for use in the cheeks. However, there are several options that have proven safe and effective. For temporary correction, the hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra have proven very useful in the cheeks," says Dr. Verret.

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If you're after cheekbones as impressive as Michelle Pfeiffer's, Dr. Verret says there is a more permanent solution than fillers: "Consider autologous fat transfer, i.e. taking fat from the belly or thighs, and transferring it to the face. While it may take several treatments to get optimal results, the results are permanent."


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The Material Girl knows a thing or two about how important defined cheekbones are. To get cheeks like Madonna's, a cheek augmentation is an "excellent option for restoring some of the youthful appearance of the cheek," says Dr. Verret.

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"As with most surgeries, one size does not fit all. There are several types and shapes of cheek implants to address different areas of the cheek, which change with age. The results are immediate and the nice part of the surgery is that it is easily reversed if the results are not optimal," advises Dr. Verret—something to keep in mind if you want cheeks as high, and tight as model Tyra Banks.


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Jennifer Garner's youthful cheekbones first appeared in the '90s and have been inspiring women ever since.

If you are trying to decide if you are a better candidate for fillers or cheek augmentation, Dr. Verret says to consider your facial symmetry and overall health. "Patients with cheek asymmetries and concerns are often candidates for both procedures. The fillers can often mimic the results of a more permanent fat augmentation or cheek implant. This can allow patients to 'try on' their new look before having a permanent change. As with any surgical procedure, a patient's health must be taken into account and consultation with a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon is necessary to determine who is a candidate for which procedure."


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There are other ways to enhance your natural cheekbones to channel those of Cate Blanchett. You can use highlighter, blush and bronzer to give your cheeks a "lifted" look. "Start from the little bone in the middle of your ear, and then go along the cheekbone toward the tip of your nose with blush or bronzer. Stop when you have reached the middle of your eye. It is all about where you put it and knowing when to stop. Also, always stroke the brush toward the ear for the most naturally lifted look," says Babor makeup artist Peter Schmidinger.


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If your face has a round or oval shape, and you want cheekbones like Keira Knightley, use a blush under your cheekbone. The cheekbone gets more prominent and is lifted when a darker color is applied to contour your face.


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If your face has a more triangular shape, [like for example Olivia Wilde], or a square shape, like most models, use blush directly on the cheekbone. "Thus the face is accentuated creating a more harmonic, lifted look," says Schmidinger.

 


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For a more glamorous look, and cheekbones as memorable as Kerry Washington's, apply a glow over the blush. "Just apply a small amount with your fingers and you will get a fresh, radiant and youthful look," says Schmidinger.