It’s half term this week, so when Belle was up and dressed – around 3pm – she walked into town to meet me at my office and we went for a mooch around the shops. First on her list was Boots to look at the make up. Specifically the pigments.
(Don’t even get me started on pigments. Belle goes on about them all the time and I don’t even know what it means.)
My eye was caught by a display of products to help the discerning girl about town with her ‘contouring’. In case you don’t know, contouring is essentially painting your face strategically to try to change its shape e.g. giving yourself fake cheekbones. As far as I can gather it’s basically make up to try to make you look thinner.
I have two issues with contouring.
Firstly, who is it, telling our beautiful young daughters that they need to spend money on brown creams and powders to paint fake shadows on their faces?! What’s wrong with women’s faces as they are? I mean seriously, WT actual F? Make-up is a weird enough concept as it is, and not something I feel especially comfortable with, but at least you can sort of justify that as just experimenting with colour or something. Contouring seems to be saying ‘er yeah, your whole face is just wrong. You might just want to change its shape?’
Secondly, regardless of the moral issues, it looks stupid.
This is a photo I took of the display that caught my eye. It’s poor quality as far as photography goes, but you get the point:
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but this is what I see:
Top left, the before picture – normal, pretty young woman, already wearing plenty of make up but looking perfectly normal.
Bottom right, the after picture – weird blow up doll.
If you look at the top right picture, you can see the essence of contouring. Contouring is saying ‘your nose is too wide, your forehead is too high, your cheeks are too fat, your chin is too wide and your cheekbones are not defined enough.’
Seriously guys! What is going on?!
Is it just me that thinks this whole trend is messed up??