The contouring madness is at an all time high. It has become one of the most talked about and shared fads on social media. It has also become one of the least understood and misused fads.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane of when contouring really started being used in mainstream and why. Contouring has always been used in the Makeup Artist world for photography and properly used in film. The book “Making Faces” by one of the most revered and beloved MUA’s of our time Kevyn Aucoin brought contouring to the masses. In this great book of knowledge is contained the most shared contouring picture of all time. As often in our society people looked at the picture and did not bother to read the words he wrote beside it.
If you will note Kevyn clearly noted “You may never do this for everyday life, but for special occasions or photography”.
What people have done is looked at the picture alone, took it literally and ran with it. Instagram has perpetuated the myth of excessive contouring for everyday use, and turned an effective tool of the trade into a mockery.
Another myth is the use of bronzer to contour with, which often times has an orange undertone. Let me ask this have you ever seen a shadow in nature that was orange? What color exactly is a shadow? My next blog post is going to cover proper contouring techniques, and how to achieve a believable contour.