To Contour or Not to Contour?

contourIf you’re into Pop Culture, you know all about the Kardashian girls and their quest for a “perfect” chiseled appearance. The hype surrounding their facial contouring is the buzz of the beauty industry these days.

You’ll find countless articles and YouTube videos from the novice Beauty Guru to the Professional Makeup Artist with conflicting opinions on contouring, and whether or not it’s even necessary.

What’s my take on all this? I personally think with all the hype it’s been getting lately, contouring is getting a bad rap.

Do I do it? Yes. But only where I feel it’s needed. Before I get into specifics of how I use it, let’s back it up a bit.

So, what exactly is the art of contouring?

It’s a way to sculpt the face with a little bit of color, a makeup brush, and best of all, no visits to the plastic surgeon!

You may be wondering what all you can “sculpt” with this technique? And the answer is pretty much anything your heart desires.

contour tipsFor example: I’m in my 40’s and have noticed my skin appears to be drooping a bit (along with the rest of me). I’m able to lift my cheeks and get rid of the appearance of a double chin with the help of a little bit of color and a brush. If that weren’t enough, highlighter (contour’s BFF) is taking years off my age; only my kids know how old I am. 🙂

I put together a diagram outlining simple techniques to give you a taste of what can be done with contouring (See image on the right). Keep in mind, I’m not a makeup artist by any means. I just know what has worked for me and wanted to share what I’ve learned with you..

My final thoughts: outside of the runway, contouring is best when used responsibly. I think that “overdoing” it can easily send the wrong message to our young girls. It’s not about perfecting our features, it’s really about enhancing what makes us, us!

For tips on how to highlight like a pro, check out one of my favorite video tutorials from Professional Makeup Artist Wayne Goss by clicking here.

I’d love to know your thoughts on contouring and highlighting. Please share below, and if you have any tips you’d also like to share, please do!


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