Pros and Cons: Contour

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To contour or not to contour? That is the question.

Contouring has been a makeup artist secret for decades, but it’s only recently gone mainstream. It can be time-consuming and tricky, but it also makes you look like you’ve had work done by a professional. Contouring can make your face look slimmer and more defined while giving you an instant pick-me-up when applied correctly. If you want to try contouring but are unsure of where to start, here are some pros and cons to help guide your decision:

It’s challenging.

If you think you’ll be able to just throw some bronzer on your face and look like Kim Kardashian, think again! Contouring is one of those things that looks easy when it’s done right, but can go terribly wrong if you’re not careful. It takes practice to get it right and there will be times when you look in the mirror and wonder why your face looks completely different from what it normally does.

That being said, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort (and have a little patience), contouring can really enhance certain features of your face while minimizing others. Just remember: Practice makes perfect!

You can look like a clown.

You can also end up looking like a clown. A contour that’s too dark and sharp can draw attention to your face, making you look like you have a skin disorder or are wearing way too much makeup. If you’re not sure whether the contouring is working for you, take a selfie with your smartphone and use it as a mirror as you check out yourself from different angles. The camera will show up any weird shadows or colors on your face that might be unpleasant to behold in person but are invisible when viewed through the lens of an expensive camera lens or even just through your own eye sight.

It’s time consuming.

If you’ve been thinking about getting into contouring, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin. First of all, it takes a lot of time to do correctly. If you’re not going for the Kim Kardashian-level of contouring, this is probably going to be something that takes you at least half an hour or more every day. So if that’s not something you’re willing to commit to (or even if it is), then maybe this isn’t right for your lifestyle right now.

Secondly, finding the right products can be tricky if this is new territory for you—and those wrong moves could end up costing some serious money in wasted product! Makeup artists have experience with these kinds of things and have likely already tried out many different brands and formulas until they found their favorites; but if this is your first time trying some type of makeup other than lipstick or eyeliner (or even just using eyeshadow) then chances are high that everything will look totally different on your face!

And lastly: depending on how much practice goes into learning how exactly what shade works best with which product combination still might require buying several different shades just so we can figure out what works best as our base color palette before moving onto blush

The good news though? After spending some time playing around with these two products together over several days/weeks/months now I’ve found my own “perfect pairings” which make applying both easier while also making sure they don’t get mixed up accidentally when put away later on down the road.”

It tends to look heavy.

When you’re using too much product, contouring can look heavy and unnatural. Even if you have a natural complexion, the contrast between your face and the rest of your body can make it look like a mask. When done right, however, it makes people look youthful and even more attractive than they already are. If done incorrectly however, it can make people look older or younger than they actually are (if they’re trying to appear younger).

Makeup artists do it all the time.

Makeup artists have a lot of experience with contouring, so it’s no surprise that they know how to do it right. But if you’re new to the world of contouring, or maybe just don’t feel like buying another product that you’ll rarely use (see: eyeshadow primer), there are still ways for you to learn from your makeup artist friends. You might be able to take one or two tips from their vast knowledge and apply them in a way that works for your own skin type. Or maybe they’ll even teach you how to use their products—most artists will happily give some free advice on how their products can work best on different types of skin and features.

While not everyone is an expert at applying makeup (yet), most people have had enough experience with contouring that they know what not to do when trying out this trend. If nothing else, ask around before heading out with your new look in tow!

It’s a form of art.

Contouring is a great way to apply your makeup, and it’s an art form. It’s also an easy way to make your face look slimmer and more defined. You can use contouring to create shadows or highlights where you want them, like under the cheekbones or around the nose.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner when it comes to this type of makeup application or if you’ve been using it for years; everyone can benefit from learning how to utilize contouring!

Contouring boosts confidence.

If you’re like most women, you probably don’t feel 100 percent comfortable with how you look when it comes to your hair and makeup. You might be too embarrassed to go out in public without a little bit of extra help—and in that case, contouring is the way to go. It’s a fantastic tool for getting more out of your everyday routine and making sure that every inch of your face looks polished and put together. Contouring is amazing

Contouring also boosts confidence because it creates the illusion that you’re younger than you really are. This can have a huge impact on how people perceive us as individuals; after all, judging by appearances is human nature! In fact, many celebrities use this technique when they know they’ll be photographed by paparazzi or other photographers so that their skin appears flawless and smooth (or at least appears to).

All told: if there are any cons about contouring for everyone else in general then I’d say those cons pale into insignificance compared with what benefits we get from doing it ourselves regularly each day/weekend morning before heading out into town where potentially hundreds or even thousands could see us at any given time so we definitely shouldn’t hold back from learning how best apply these techniques safely onto our face each day even if only temporarily until such time as we figure things out better ourselves through trial-and-error experimentation over time 🙂

contouring has both good and bad qualities, but you should not be afraid to try it!

Contouring has a bit of a bad reputation, but that’s mostly because people have tried to use it in the wrong way. If you’re wondering whether or not you should try out contouring, keep these points in mind:

  • Contouring is always good to try something new! After all, if you don’t like it now you can always go back to your old look later on.
  • Different people prefer different looks. While one technique might work for one person, another might not be as effective at all for someone else. Experimentation is key when learning how exactly each method works best on different types of faces (and skin tones).


In conclusion, contouring has both good and bad qualities. You should not be afraid to try it!

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