Clown Contouring – Is It Really Necessary? | The Cupid Bow

If you read my recent post on why I don’t get the strobing trend you’ll have probably got the gist that I’m not a massive fan of faddy, overexaggerated makeup techniques. The latest one to take over the beauty community is clown contouring. Yesss you all know what I’m talking about…

clowncontouringPhoto credit: Bella DeLune

…where you literally paint your face in a clown-like fashion to almost replicate a patchwork quilt. It’s a spin on the normal contouring and highlighting techniques that we have all grown to love (or hate, if you opt for a more natural approach to your makeup) except it’s incorporated the use of colour as well, as Bella DeLune shows us above. Just like strobing, clown contouring isn’t actually a new technique at all. It’s been around since the 1960s and was thought to have died a death, until makeup gurus such as Bella DeLune and makeup artist Wayne Goss brought it back recently in the form of YouTube tutorials. It requires an awful amount of time, product and effort to try and blend all the product together down to a flawless base – so is it really neccessary?

belladelunePhoto credit: Bella DeLune
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It does look flawless yes, on camera. And that’s the catch with clown contouring. Just like any heavy contouring (or any heavy makeup technique for that matter) it was designed for high flash photography, as natural makeup can often be washed out under a bright light. YouTube gurus often work with bright lighting as well, normally in the form of a ring light, and therefore won’t give you an accurate idea of what it would actually look like in real life. And it would look, well, quite silly to be honest. It’s not necessary, or ideal, for daily life. Can you imagine having to do that everyday, and what it would do to your skin? It would be absolutely fine if you were going to an event or a special occasion where you know there’s going to be a lot of flash photography (like I don’t know, a film premier, because we all go to so many of those) but apart from that… I’d forget it. You’d look so heavily done up, which in my opinion is not a great look. Each to their own of course, but subtle contouring down your nose, in the hollows of your cheeks and along the jaw line is more than enough, and actually gives you the desired effect that contouring is supposed to give – natural shadows. I know clown contouring has been dubbed “just a bit of fun”, expressive and creative (which it no doubt is) but personally, I wouldn’t encourage it into your daily makeup regime. Plus you have to be VERY good at it. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and if you’re still trying to master Kimmy K’s “kontour”, I’d give this one a miss. Would look great for Hallowee though 😉

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  1. Jessie
    August 9, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Her end result does look flawless, but like you said this is a lot of effort for something that doesn’t look completely natural in daylight. I love a good contour, but think that clown contouring may be a tad extreme! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  2. sandra
    August 10, 2015 / 11:36 am

    the end result is not very clean looking, especially around the chin area, patchy and it doesn’t match her neck….I’d say this was a fail fail fail

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