Contouring as a technique is not new, but is definitely in the midst of its Instagram-fueled golden age. As the technique that supermodels and movie stars have kept secret for decades, it’s easy to see why. For most, incorporating this technique would mean a drastic overhaul of their typical makeup routine, and frankly, we’re not in the mood for a drastic overhaul.
We are not professional makeup artists, and proper contouring is an advanced skill not for the shaky of hand. The blending step alone can make or break the look. Too much blending will undo all of your work; a literally high price to pay given how much product needs to be caked on to contour. Too little blending, and you might get called to entertain children’s parties. The proper balance of shades is unique to each face as well. Misplace, or use excessive lowlight and you risk looking like a chimney sweep. Too much highlight will give you a full-powdered face like Marie Antoinette’s (one that might have you wishing you too were without a head). Still, if total transformation is the goal, contouring has the power.
But for us, total transformation is not the goal. Our style favors openness, flexibility, and possibility. Ease is woven into each Tangerine NYC piece, be it a white cotton dress or a silk tank top. For our tastes, contouring locks us into a single, high-drama look, and keeps us in front of the vanity mirror when we could already be out the door tackling the day. We found one guide that had fifty steps. We wouldn’t take fifty steps to the second floor. Contouring’s fans say it brings out the best features of the face, and hides the worst. That may be true for some, but what if we think we have nothing to hide?