I am a fan of subtle contouring. By this i mean i am a makeup artist and given the current trends flowing from the endless show reel that is Instagram means that i have too.
Now, i'm all up for keeping up with trends and im sure there are plenty that many haven't liked, but contouring really is destroying what i view as the main concept of makeup. To enhance your natural features. Not layer on foundation and 'contour cream', after baking on powder and more similar to the makeup of a west end drag queen out on the town than a day at work. The before and afters are a fabulous demonstration of skill, blending and technique, but at the same time, the artist is no longer themselves. So many videos show a beautiful girl or boy at the start and by the end we see someone that looks fabulous, but nothing like themselves.
You often hear people referring to contouring as 'why we have trust issues' and i agree to a certain extent. Have you ever looked at your friends and thought, why do you wear makeup? You look no different? And then have someone say that to you and be madly offended that they think you look that awful all the time.
Pretty much everyone has. And that's a good thing, because if someone says that, your makeup looks natural enough for you to look like, well, you. Of course you look better than when you rolled out of bed this morning because concealer is god, but your facial structure is there.
But now, when the makeup has been applied with the real techniques brushes and the anastasia beverley hills contour sticks and have been spread down, people dont look much like them.
So i am on a mission to just tone it down. Not abolish it, but maybe use a subtle bronzer or blush contour, or a single dust of contour powder, not layers of creams and super shimmery powders.
Will you join #christysnaturalrevolution? Think about it.