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To Contour Or Not To Contour?

In light of the recent Vogue Festival 2015 discussions, I now find myself questioning all I know about makeup and contour, thanks to Bobbi Brown’s speech at the event. I did not attend the Vogue Festival event but it is quite difficult to ignore it, with details of the show being all over the blogosphere.

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Picture Source: Vogue UK

Bobbi Brown believes contouring is unnatural and should not be done. Here is one of her quotes from her talk at the event:

“I don’t get this whole contouring thing. I think I’m probably the only makeup artist who feels this way. And I know some of my artists contour with my products and don’t tell me about it. But contouring just says that there’s something wrong with the way you look. I like to enhance natural beauty and not try to change someone.”

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For those who don’t know, contouring is a technique that helps to define your facial features, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones and slimmer chin, using the right beauty products. Now here is my take on this, I am no makeup artist or expert, and I respect Bobbi Brown as a makeup guru, but as a woman who applies makeup, I don’t see contouring as unnatural. Some women will need the contouring technique more than others, and some will just want the contour makeup to enhance or add more definition to their facial features, I don’t see that as unnatural. If that is unnatural, then the whole makeup act is unnatural because the right makeup is meant to do the exact same thing, the contouring technique is just a more concentrated and strategic application of makeup, in my own opinion.

Do you agree with Bobbi Brown or with me? To contour not to contour? What are your thoughts on this?

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