Thursday, June 4, 2020

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Don't Try This At Home: Contouring


The trend is to contour, pronounced Kon-too-r, not Kun-tuu-r (you know who you are… just stop it right now.) Contouring is currently the thing. It’s all over the interwebs. It’s on YouTube, Instagram, those dang Kardashians and the second you walk into Sephora you are bombarded with contour palettes.

Well, I am here to tell you: don’t bother.

Let me rephrase: you can if you want but it’s really not necessary. If you aren’t modeling in a photo shoot or bridal photos this does not need to be in your every day beauty routine.

Aside from being superfluous, contouring is not something you can just copy from a tutorial. The concept of a contour is to provide shade to areas that need to be concealed to give the illusion of a more “perfect” face.  If you are copying someone who has a round shaped face and yours is more heart shaped you are going to end up a bronzy, muddy mess.

It’s kind of the same idea behind why you can’t seem to create that perfect winged eyeliner. It’s a different technique depending on your eye shape. (I know my eye shape and I always end up with one perfect wing and one wing that looks like a let a five-year-old do it for me.)

Before you get upset at me for going all counter-culture on you, let me offer you an alternative.  This is something everyone can do AND it looks great on everyone. I promise.

It’s called the 3 rule.

Starting just above the arch of the brow, swoop down starting a C shape. Bring the tail of the C to just under the cheekbone stopping as you see in the picture, just at the iris. Then finish the 3-shape by going just under the jawbone.  Don’t do it ON the jaw line or you’ll have just that—a jaw line. Repeat on the other side and Voila! You have a beautifully shaped face with just the right amount of warmth.

Stay tuned: next week I’ll tell you some of my favorite products for executing this simple technique!