Friday, 11 September 2015

Why I'm Over Contouring

Kardashian-style contouring is not a trend born off the catwalk, but rather a result from too many social media selfies, Youtube tutorials and a universal desire to posses perfectly chiseled cheeks. It's one the most Googled beauty searches of all time. But plastering on swathes of bronzer and highlighter to enhance or somewhat change the structure of the face is becoming a slight craze that I'm not quite a fan of.

Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to say that a little bronzer, blusher and highlighter never hurt no one, but over the past couple of years I feel the trend is starting to get out of hand. 17-year-old Kylie Jenner contouring her chest in hope for larger looking breasts - is that not totally absurd to you? And of course, her 34.9 million followers on instagram soon copied, sporting the undeniably inappropriate, pointless and laughable trend in everyday life.

Perhaps this hatred for excess contouring stems from my love of natural makeup, with the likes of Alexa Chung, Marine Vacth and Olivia Palermo as my ultimate beauty icons. However, isn't contouring just suggesting that there is something totally wrong with our face shapes? That we should all have these chiseled, sucked-in cheekbones? I'm a firm believer that makeup should enhance our faces; covering what we don't want to be seen such as blemishes and redness, and instead highlight our features. Certainly not manipulate our faces or change the way we look, which only results in us feeling worse about our looks without makeup.

On a more positive note, I for one am loving the new 'strobing' version of contouring. This focuses less on defining cheekbones through a hot mess of grey/brown dirt smeared on our faces, and instead concentrates on leaving a dewy gleam on top of the cheekbones like highlighter. It's much prettier, more natural, cleaner, fresher, uses less makeup, time...and, do you need any more convincing?

All in all I just think contouring has had it's time. A natural and fresh makeup look, as seen on all the catwalks last season, has a much more modern and current feel. Therefore, let's all embrace our naturally beautiful face shapes and perfectly plump cheeks - contouring is just so last season, like jheez, where have you been?

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