I've been on the internet for a while now and one thing that I see pop up time and time again are videos, articles, and photos of makeup that involve a technique referred to as contouring. I've found peoples work beautiful, but it was not until I watched a video of an elderly lady being contoured that my interest was really grasped. ln this short little video she was able to remove 25 years from her face effortlessly. I was not only captivated, but bound and determined to learn how to do it myself. As you know my Wedding Renewal Ceremony is coming up and I would love nothing more than to be able to shed a few years off with a little makeup.
Photo Annie Spratt
So I watched video after video. I read all the blogging articles I could find, trying to understand how contouring was to be done, how it worked, what the goal for the look was etc....
I was determined to take off 10 years and I was absolutely positive contouring was going to be the answer!
Photo Caique Silva
We research and inspiration done. I grabbed my purse and planned my trip to Sephora.
I was honestly so excited. Contouring was the new magic I had seen it time and time again online. It was going to take years off my face. I enjoy makeup, but it is not something I wear all of the time nor is it something I really experiment with. I know what I like and I do what I like. This is great, but it does develop a pattern or routine that I follow time and time again. Which like anything can get old after awhile. This new adventure sparked both excitement and nervousness in me all at once.
Photo Raphael Lovaski
When I made it to Sephora a contouring pallet was the first thing I searched for. It was perfect it had a variety of colors so I was for certain it would work with my skin tone.
After I added a few more very fun new things to my basket. I headed towards the register to pay for my fun new makeup products.
After I payed I asked the sales clerk if she would find someone to help demonstrate to me how to use the contouring pallet.
The staff were very polite and helpful. I was lead to a chair that was in front of a large lighted mirror. The makeup artist then demonstrated the technique of contouring. She showed me where to place the products and what colors would work best for me.
Did you know that I am in my early 40s?
I am and here I find myself fin Sephora excitedly sitting in this makeup chair in front of a large lighted mirror. Happily awaiting to absorb the knowledge of the technique of contouring form this wonderful makeup artist. I can't help, but think, "This is going to Change my Makeup Routine Forever. I'm going to Look Younger and just Look Fabulous at my Renewal Ceremony."
Photo Alysa Bajenaru
The pallet opens up, the different brushes that should be used are explained to me, and then she starts...
Mix a little bit of this color with a little bit of this color and place it here under your cheek bones...
Yes Literally WTF...
Did I really just spend $55.00 on a New Age Skill?
I Did … Well Played Marketing World
I fell for it, I fell for it.
Shame on me for getting wrapped up in all the changes and not seeing it for what it is.
My 70 year old aunts know how to contour. In fact my mother taught me how to do it when I was a teenager wearing makeup for the first time.
It's the process of mixing your brown eye shadow with a lighter color and placing it under the line of your check bone and then placing that line of blush...
remember the final step of blushing is to blend it...
That Ladies and Gentlemen is Contouring!
How I missed that I have no idea, but I did.
Don't get me wrong I'm loving my new pallet. The colors are wonderful and I love the way is blends into my skin. I do however wished that I would have realized what it was when I was looking at it in the store. If I would have registered what the technique was and how it is just being marketed differently. I probably would have tried contouring a long time ago or rather started to contour again.
If you find yourself in my age range and are debating whether or not contouring is for you and if maybe it is something only the young girls should be doing. Do Not Fear or Be Hesitant because you do know how to contour and have probably done it even if only once.
So while my new adventure was more of a trip of nostalgia. It was still nice to take a trip down memory lane. This adventure reminded me to be more open to the idea of things that may scare me and to really pay attention to how things are being marketed.
"A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet" - William Shakespeare.
Or as I have now learned, brown powder is brown powder.
I hope you have a wonderful day.
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