Why Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown Thinks Contouring Is Unnecessary — PHOTOS

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Make-Up Artist Bobbi Brown works her magic backstage at the Rachel Roy Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
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If you haven't jumped onboard the contouring trend, you're not alone. Beauty guru and celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown is not a contouring fan either, reports the New York Post. And when the woman behind one of the most beloved makeup brands on the scene doesn't endorse a beauty trend as pervasive and popular as contouring, you can bet there's a reason. 

“The contouring trend is so wrong because it tells women there’s something wrong with their face,” she says. “There’s beauty in a full face, so I don’t like to paint in a cheekbone that doesn’t exist.” 

Hardcore contouring can often cross the line between enhancing your features and attempting to change them, so her disapproval of the trend fits in with her brand's natural beauty approach. 

“When I see contouring on people’s faces, it looks like dirt,” she says. (Ouch.) “As a beauty expert, I believe in individual beauty, and it’s just not my aesthetic. We don’t need to be contouring like the Kardashians.”

Her refusal to accept popular contouring techniques sends the message that you don't need to create imaginary features to be beautiful — it's all about embracing the shape you've got and playing up your favorite things about your face, rather than putting the focus on features that aren't really there. If you've got sky-high cheekbones, great. Own 'em. But if not? That doesn't make you any less beautiful.


Instead of contouring, Brown suggests that ladies "highlight their natural cheekbones with a creamy rouge, or use a moisturizer that gives a subtle glow," according to the Post. Or, if you must contour, try a more subtle approach than the full-on painted method. Like so:

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Still love the contouring look? Try saving it for special occasions or nights out (even Kim Kardashian's makeup artist thinks it's not for every day for most people.) Hey, you might even surprise yourself with how much you like playing up other features with a more natural feel, Bobbi Brown-style.

Here are four Bobbi Brown cult favorites you can totally use to enhance your natural gorgeous self. 

Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, $56, nordstrom.com

This prepping product works as both a rich moisturizer and a primer.

Tinted Moisturizer

Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15, $44, macys.com

Though Bobbi's foundations are equally amazing, this lightweight tinted moisturizer formula is especially natural. 

Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Telluride Sunset Pink Shimmer Brick, $46, nordstrom.com

Bobbi Brown's shimmer bricks are truly worthy of the obsession.

Natural Brow Shaper

Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper and Hair Touch Up, $24, sephora.com

Perfect for when you have zero time for brows.

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