Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Primp // Why You DON'T Need To Contour



If you open up Pinterest or YouTube, you're bound to run into more than a few contouring tutorials.  Ask any industry professional and they'll tell you contouring has been around for ages.  But recently, there's been an obsessive rage to to carve out cheekbones and give your nose a thinner appearance.  You'll see all the beauty brands bringing out contouring powders, sticks, creams, etc--because they're flying off the shelves at an alarming rate.

Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.  It's not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition.  It's all about the artistry and illusion.  Contouring and highlighting, when done right, looks absolutely amazing in photography.  So if you're Kim Kardashian and have a camera crew following you at every turn, then it makes sense to look picture perfect.  Or if you're a model in studio lighting, where everything can be controlled to flatter you best.  There are certainly alot of benefits, but there are also a lot of reasons I don't think we should include it in our daily makeup routine.

Without contour and in front of a camera, I look flat and washed out.  Not bad, but not great either.
1.  IT'S UNREALISTIC
The truth is, contouring isn't a realistic goal for every day wear.  We are probably not going to have paparazzi following us around.  If you're in office lighting or even outside in daylight, all you will be able to see on my face is how much makeup I've caked on.   I don't know about you but I don't like it when you can physically see how much makeup I'm wearing.

Another thing to consider is time.  To blend it out perfectly and make it look subtle is not an easy task and there is a level of skill needed.  I'm not that dedicated to spend so much time on my face before rushing out the door in the mornings.

2.  YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU
Not only do you not look like yourself, but I think you also start to look like everyone else by changing the features unique to your face.  As women, there's already so much pressure to look perfect.  Isn't it kind of backwards to hide behind make up to change the nose you were born with or the jawline you wish you had?  I'm all for highlighting our best features but I think there's a line to draw when it makes you unrecognizable.
 

3.  SKIN HEALTH
Contouring requires layering a lot of makeup.  You'll probably start with a base, contour, set with all kinds of powders and if you are contouring, you'll probably want to highlight, too.  In general, wearing that much makeup will undoubtedly clog your pores by preventing your skin from breathing.  If you're looking for a little facial definition, try a light coverage base (like this one that breathable while providing just enough coverage) and a light dusting of bronzer (I like this one because it's matte and not too orange, right in between a bronzer and a contour). 

Notice the difference after just a little bit of contour and highlight powder?
And listen, I'm certainly not shaming anyone who thinks they cannot live without contour--I share the same feeling about mascara (baby lashes, don't laugh). And it's not that I don't contour myself.  I like to save it for special occasions or for evenings out where the lighting is flattering.  We're all different and therefore, have different insecurities.  Makeup is a powerful tool and one that gives me confidence.  Just remember that beauty isn't defined by makeup tutorials or hair how-to's.  Less is always more, amiright?

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