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Dear Doctor, I have noticed that many articles focusing on fillers, beauty, implants, etc. etc. speak of the importance of having slightly prominent cheeks and most speak of "light depression under the cheek" called the "blush effect" as a sign of beauty in most faces.
What confuses me a bit is the following. I thought that beauty was linked, largely, if I understood you well, to the person having a face where there are no harsh transitions but smooth transitions (simplifying things here, I know)...What confuses me is the following... A person with cheeks and a blush effect will (I think?) look from the side, in particular, as someone who has a full area (the slightly promiment cheek) and under it a small depression. But then, isnt' that kind of incompatible with having the cheeks and then a "smooth" transition to the under malar/ sides of the mouth areas?
Wouldn't the person's 3/4 profile make it evident that there is something angular, a curve followed by a straighter "line" under the cheekbones? Wouldn't that create some angular look that would be (would??) be incompatible with the "lack of harsh transitions" and smoothness/no harsh angles nor shades "look" that comes with youthful faces?
Then again, the depression so many call "blush effect" seems to be a trait repeatedly observed in people considered beautiful, according to art books and even articles on human beauty/proportions...
How to make sense of this (apparent?) contradiction? = need of a prominence (cheek) and a depression underneath (submalar slight depression / "blush effect") *versus* what I thought a youth face would have?: a smooth transition from a slightly prominent / round malar area to the submalar / sides of the mouth area?
I am confused! what is "best"?
If you looked at a person's face front, profile and 3/4 profile, should one see a "curvy" prominence in the malar area followed by a rather straight "line" going from right underneath to the sides of the mouth?
Or should one see a relatively prominent cheek that "moves" smoothly and without interruptions to a flatter shape in the lower part of the face? In other words, hope more clear, should the submalar area look curvy too, or show some marked distinction from the malar bone prominence?
aha! brilliant observation. watch my video in st.louis. it should be the 4th or so from the bottom of the video lecture section. women typically like the so-called blush effect that is SLIGHT gauntness to the buccal area. men honestly don't in many cases. women tend to like their faces in their early 30s in 80% of the cases because it looks leaner than in their early to mid twenties. men typically like women's faces in their early 20s or so when it is fuller like a baby because it is younger looking. this discrepancy accounts for what is "best". unfortunately, the early 30s magically changes in 5 to 7 years into a gaunt tired look that progressively hollows further. that is why i begin fat grafting in ones mid to late 30s in those who can afford it. but i typically work more on women so i bring them back to early 30s rather than mid 20s look. attached is a round face of sharon stone from 20s to 40s that most men like more. then attached is a photo of heather mills from early to late 30s. most women like the gaunter 30 something year old shape (not necessarily the face) but if you see 5 years later she looks tired, masculine. it is the blush effect becoming too gaunt. a subtle transition is what i keep in women. however, i have seen makeup artists create these dramatic blushes in 35 year old women and beyond and it makes them look older because it pushes them over from a slightly suppressed look to a gaunt look. i literally wiped off the makeup on one woman who had the blush designed. it is ideal for women in their 20s or heavier women to try to accentuate any leaning in of the buccal area so that they conceptually do not find themselves too round. interestingly, most women are not terribly bothered by their baby fat until they pass 35 years of age and then think back and look at their photos. then they find the early 30s look the ideal one in 80% of cases.