What are the Apples of Your Cheeks?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

The apples of your cheeks are the section of the cheeks that tend to extend out from the general area of the face when the individual is smiling or laughing. For many years, the area has been of special interest to anyone involved with the use or manufacture of facial makeup products, as well as persons involved in theatrical performances. This is because of the impact that this part of the cheeks can have in displaying emotions.

Applying blush can highlight the apples of the cheeks.
Applying blush can highlight the apples of the cheeks.

Along with the eyes, the apples of your cheeks can indicate a great deal about your mood. People who are happy tend to carry around a little smile on their faces. The underlying muscles naturally cause this section of the cheeks to become more prominent during a smile. Essentially, the wider the smile, the more prominent the apples of the cheeks will become.

When someone smiles, the apples of the cheeks tend to extend outward.
When someone smiles, the apples of the cheeks tend to extend outward.

Locating the apples of your cheeks is a simple task. Begin by sucking in your cheeks, creating what is sometimes referred to as a fish face. Use your fingers to locate the underlying cheekbones that are located just above the sunken in area. Now smile a big smile. You will notice that the action causes the muscle and skin on top of the cheekbones proper to gather and protrude away from the underlying bone. This rounded, fleshy protrusion is the area that this term describes.

Makeup experts recommend applying blush to the apples of the cheeks.
Makeup experts recommend applying blush to the apples of the cheeks.

Various makeup techniques are used to highlight the apples of your cheeks by calling attention to the cheekbones. Applying blush is one of the most common makeup techniques used to accomplish this goal. By utilizing what is referred to as the Backward C method, a small line of blush is brushed in beginning at the lip line and arcing across the perimeter of the cheeks and to the cheekbone. The blush is blended into the natural skin tone to achieve a hint of color that is accentuated when smiling.

The wider a person smiles, the more prominent the apples of her cheeks become.
The wider a person smiles, the more prominent the apples of her cheeks become.

In theatrical productions, the apples of the cheeks are often highlighted with makeup techniques that are not so subtle. This is often the case when the desire is to achieve an exaggerated expression. Heavy makeup on the cheeks was a common visual device with silent movies, and still is employed at times today with various stage and screen performances.

The apples of your cheeks often extend outwork while laughing.
The apples of your cheeks often extend outwork while laughing.
Various makeup techniques are used to highlight the apples of the cheeks by calling attention to the cheekbones.
Various makeup techniques are used to highlight the apples of the cheeks by calling attention to the cheekbones.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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julies

I remember when I was first learning how to apply makeup hearing about the apples of my cheeks. This is an easy way to know where to apply blush for the best effect.

This spot is a little different on everybody's face, so when you smile at yourself in the mirror and see the apples of cheeks, you will know the best place to apply your blush.

Some people already have rosy cheeks, and do not need blush, but it is still nice to even out your skin with some foundation and then apply a little blush for a natural look.

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