I love makeup. Always have. To the extent that I got featured in The Saturday Nation a couple of years ago on my near addiction to eyeliner. So makeup fans and fanatics out there, this is not hate speech I’m about to embark on . . . I’m just saying we may be going too far with the whole perfection craze. Especially with the contouring and highlighting trend.
In the 90s and early 2000s, actually, even up to a couple of years ago, makeup was used to enhance in a “no pressure” way. But currently, the quest for “on fleek” has really pushed the envelope. Contouring started with the face and the results have been jaw-dropping. I mean, it’s pretty genius. Fun even, with the likes of Huda Kattan, Shayla and Nikkie sharing and reposting other MUAs hilarious/artistic patterns and techniques. And the memes! Oh my gosh, the memes!
But now I see videos and posts on how to contour a more defined décolletage and abs, fuller breasts and even chiseled back of the neck! Like the rest of our bodies don’t have enough to do to look good, now we’re even working on dressing up the backs of our necks with foundation! Abeg! And then today, after a discussion on this wave, I see a video of contouring for the knees and legs. I’m speechless. Where next? Feet? Haha. RIP white clothes!
I understand the need to look, and thus feel, our best at all times but I’m honestly a little scared that we are using so much makeup on so much of our bodies in pursuit of perfection. ever elusive perfection. I wonder what trend will take over in the near future . . .