Feature: To Contour or Not To Contour?
The question that has struck the beauty world in 2016? To contour or not to contour? The truth is that there is no right or wrong answer. However, there is certainly a right and wrong way of doing it. And we’ve all seen that – whether we’ve made ourselves the victim or just seen a bad case in da club, contouring has become a beauty phenomenon and you don’t need to be a beauty nerd to know that.
There is no denying that a little contour here and there, can do a world of good. But have we taken it all too far? What happened to embracing the individual? Why do we all feel the need to look the same? I’m a big supporter of applying makeup to enhance what you're momma gave ya (and maybe hiding a pimple or a late night), not to completely cover it up. And there definitely is a difference. Saying this, no one (including myself) has the right to tell you how much or how little makeup you should wear. However, I most certainly can tell you that you are probably far more beautiful without it.
Has our society really gotten to the point where our idea of beauty is so heavily warped by expectation that we no longer want to look like ourselves? There is no denying that high cheekbones are a beautiful feature and no reason to say that big lips are not attractive, but we mustn’t get so caught up in trying to create something that isn’t there. Eventually we'll all start to forget what set us apart in the first place.
I totally understand that for many people, makeup isn’t a cover up - in fact, it makes them feel like the real version of themselves. Personally I believe we need at least try to change this mindset and teach women to accept themselves and only enhance their natural beauty.
So contour with might, over draw your lips if you please, but remember you probably don’t need it. Try to be happy just ‘doing you’. You might surprise yourself.
Words: Isabella Iasenzaniro / Stephanie Dugan