High Cheekbones Vs Low Cheekbones

What is the differences between high cheekbones vs low cheekbones and how are they significant? Let’s look at these two types of cheekbones.

The Oxford dictionary defines cheekbone as the small prominent bone of the cheek, which aids in muscle movements while talking or chewing.

Scientifically, there is no significant meaning of having a low or a higher cheekbone, although it has been observed that women have lower cheekbones as compared to men.

In Asia, people with high cheekbones are believed to be courageous, determined, willful, and powerful, while those with low cheekbones are said to be inferior and isolated. 

A person with high cheekbones tends to look a lot younger as they age. This is because the cheekbone helps to hold the skin of the face firmer as gravity pulls down the skin, so instead of having a sagging face skin, they have a more natural and prominent contour.

Gaining or losing weight affects how visible the cheekbones appears. It depends on how much fat is in your cheeks. Unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and using certain drugs, can also affect how much fat the face can hold.


Higher cheekbones make your face look wider from the center rather than your face looking long and flat. They cause a dip in the cheeks, resulting in a shadow that adds up to the contours of your face, whereas low cheekbones is seen most times in people with fuller faces.Those with low cheekbones have been observed to be more photogenic than those with higher cheekbones.

People with low cheekbones often do not have many definitions on their face, because the widest part of their face tends to be lower and in line with the bottom of the nose.In the early days, in some cultures, people with high cheekbones were seen to be too bony and needed to eat more so that they could have enough flesh to cover their bones from shooting out.

All these are subjective opinions and in fact, a person’s cheekbone placement has no great significance but is simply determined by genetics and ethnic background.


“Strangers are judged by their faces”, a writer once wrote, and over the years cheekbones have been used to define beauty, depending on how low or high it is placed.

Because of this, people have performed facial or cosmetic surgery, either to make their cheekbones more prominent by removing excess fat, or by changing the placement of their cheekbones either by taking it higher or lower.

In the beauty or fashion world, cheekbones have evolved from being a yardstick to weight loss or gain, to be the definition of beauty.

In makeup, the area where the cheekbone is located is darkened to create a natural contour that helps to define the face.


We have established that high cheekbones are often more prominent than low cheekbones, but sometimes low cheekbones can be more prominent in some people than in others, so they become confused as to where their cheekbones are placed. Sometimes, your cheeks are so full you don’t even know where your cheekbone is located.

To discover your type of cheekbone, you could perform a small experiment while looking at yourself in the mirror.

Follow these steps to know what type of cheekbone you have; High cheekbones vs low cheekbones

1. First, begin to trace the part of the face that connects directly to the ear.

2. Place your thumb on the area to mark it. Gradually place another finger beneath your nostril.

3. Now carefully drag both fingers to connect. Looking at the mirror you can tell how far or close your fingers are from your eyes and nostril. Compare the two.

4. If your fingers are closer to your eyes, you have a high cheekbone. If it is closer to your nostril, you have a low cheekbone.

Another method of determing high cheekbones vs low cheekbones is by sucking in your cheeks. That will reveal your cheekbones. If the fullest part is closer to your eyes, then you have a high cheekbone, low cheekbones are closer to the nose.

You could also use a pencil to help identify your type of cheekbone. You can do this by simply placing the pencil from your chin to your cheekbone. If the pencil remains almost straight, you know you have a low cheekbone, but if the pencil slants upward on the cheekbone, then you know you have a high cheekbone.


Always remember beauty is subjective. And there are differences between high cheekbones vs low cheekbones. Now you know your type of cheekbone, define your beauty with it, whether it is placed high or low.

This information could be very useful to make-up artists as it helps them to understand where to place the contour of the face. If you have learned something from this post, let us know your type of cheekbones by dropping a comment below.

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