New contouring variations just keep on coming. If you haven’t mastered regular contouring, you’re behind because you’ll also have to learn about colorless contouring, strobing (contouring without dark shades), hair contouring and cleavage contouring, if you want a full body contoured look. At the way things are going, expect foot contouring to be a thing soon, although I have no doubt there is already a YouTube video on it. You may have to start buying contouring palettes in bulk to try all of the new twists.
Here’s the lowdown on clown contouring:
Where did the idea come from?
YouTube beauty blogger BellaDeLune is credited for making clown contouring a thing. She originally posted a video in response to the trolls who called a “clown” for her regular contoured makeup. According to the Daily Mail, she received a huge response to the video and people were actually asking for a proper tutorial. Evidently, if someone sees a poo emoji on someone’s forehead, they immediately want to know how they can work that into their makeup routine.
How is the technique different from regular contouring?
Mix regular contouring with a supersize offering of Ronald McDonald and you get clown contouring. The technique involves shading, highlighting and color correcting. Instead of the general lines and blocks of color, you paint your face like you’re doing clown face paint for Halloween with geometric shapes. The key difference between clown contouring and regular clown makeup is that you apply the colors according to the contouring rules about what areas you want to highlight or chisel. And you obviously blend everything together so you’re not doing outside with a ring around your mouth.
Is the end result any different?
The clown contouring technique may be different but the end result is the same airbrushed Kardashian-esque contoured look that everyone is so crazy about.
How do you get the look?
If you want to try clown contouring, you can check out BellaDeLune’s video. You’ll need your regular contouring palette and color correcting shades. Bella used creams and a small brush for her look. Tip: The poo emoji has a significant meaning in her video but you might want to skip for your everyday beauty look, unless you make sure to blend it in very well.