Charles Darwin once said, “If we were all cast in the same mold there would be no such thing as beauty” and I agree. It is our differences that make us so special and beautiful. So then what in the world is going on with some of us trying to use contour makeup to clone ourselves into looking like some trendy ideal?
The contour makeup craze has become so huge in the beauty world it has many of us running around looking absolutely ridiculous. Contour is a way of shading using dark shadows or creams to sculpt and change the planes of the face in a severe way. Once saved for stage makeup so entertainers under hot lights didn’t look washed out, this extreme style has somehow made it’s way into our every day makeup routines.
When this old school stage makeup trick leaked out, many YouTubers started painting on layer after layer of heavy contour masking their true beauty and creating a false look of someone else. Because of the over-the-top results, millions of their viewers began mimicking the look and makeup companies jumped on board marketing all kinds of contour kits and products. The pressure was on to learn how to map out the face using contour so you could look like the celebrity of the moment. Everyone started to look artificial and exactly the same. I mean even the new hot style called “Clown Contour” says it all in the name. Come on! Word to the wise my lovely beauties … It never looks natural in real life and it is taking away from the point of makeup, which I feel is to enhance your natural beauty and showcase it not drastically change it.
Wearing that much paint on your face can send the message that your natural features aren’t worth celebrating. Many makeup junkies would argue with me that they think they look hot with this look and it gets them attention. They get comments on their videos and photos when they are bare faced that they are ugly or look terrible and after the tons of heavy contour that they look gorgeous. They were beautiful to begin with and the right makeup could celebrate their unique faces and showcase trends that are empowering not destructive. The negative comments they receive pre-sculpting should be utterly dismissed and never played into.
Now I understand that so many girls are living in a 2 dimensional world of non-stop “selfies” and this contour craze makes them look exactly like every airbrushed celebrity out there on their Instagrams. That is why I think the trend has gotten so big, but honestly but it’s not real, it’s not you and it’s not right for a daily makeup routine. Makeup can be fun and it has the power to make you feel on top of your game but not when you try and completely hide behind it.
Trends come and go and for those of you who want to celebrate yourself, have mega confidence with or without makeup then avoid this trend that sends the message that you are not good enough unless your reform your face. Love your features and empower your beauty by using makeup lightly to polish it not paint it and watch your self-esteem soar!