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Hi Nicole,

I was hoping you could give me some advice. I have quite prominent cheeks when I smile - I like my smile, but sometimes in photos it seems to translate as a weird cheek bulge at the side of my face (see 2 attached images). Is there anything I can do to play this down and make my face seem a bit smoother? I currently use Max Factor face finity all day flawless 3 in 1 foundation, but generally am a bit clueless when it comes to make up!

Thanks very much :)

Hi Sarah-

So sorry for my tardy reply. Personally I think you have amazing cheek bones. I can not tell you a day that doesn't go by that a client wants me to create exactly what you ha e naturally. I would absolutely work in embracing your stunning features. I do, however understand we all have our thing that bothers us. If you want to down play that feature here are some things to remember. Don't use blush with any shimmer, I would try to o Oy add color to the apples of your cheeks, try using an all over matte powder (tones down any shine and make sure you are using the right color concealer.

These small changes can help make nice  subtle differences.

I hope this helps.



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Nicole Higginbotham


I can answer any questions about make-up applications, colors, brands, corrections and any cosmetic related questions.


I have over 15 years experience as a professional celebrity hair and make-up artist. I work with hair, make-up and prosthetics. I have experience is film, tv, print and weddings. For 15 years I have worked in Hollywood.

My make-up has appeared in People Magazine, Playboy, OK magazine, Hello Magazine, Caras Magazine, Maxim

MUD graduate with Journeyman plus Hair certificate

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