For those of you that do not know, clown contouring is a method of applying face makeup that involves painting each product onto your face -as a clown paints their own- before blending them all together simultaneously. I.e. The theory goes: you look like a clown first, then you look all ‘sculpted’ and ‘flawless’. I rarely contour, so jumping in the deep end should be amusing. Please indulge me as I attempt to clown contour!
I will be using the following products for my clown face…
- Stila Convertible Colour in Peony
- Natural Collection Shine Away Foundation in Walnut (not a proper contour colour but it was all I had to hand)
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Warm (see my review here)
- Natural Collection Corrector Stick
…and blending it all together using a damp sponge.
I used the corrector around my mouth to cancel any redness. I then highlighted with my concealer and contoured with my dark foundation. Finally I dabbed two circles of blush on the apples of my cheeks.
I blended everything together starting from under the eyes and moving outwards.
I finished by doing my eyes and lips and combing my brows. I wanted to evaluate the clown contouring method properly, so did not apply any extra base makeup.
While I am surprised with how easily the makeup blended out -especially the blush- I think using the corrector so heavily around my mouth means the area looks ashy and unnatural. My contour was perhaps not dark enough to see an obvious ‘sculpted’ result. I also feel that blending everything simultaneously loses the precision that comes with applying products separately.
Here is a comparison of the same eye and lip makeup with clown contouring (left) versus my usual base makeup (right). While the difference is subtle, hopefully you can see that applying blush and highlight after blending my foundation (right) picks out my features more precisely, and is more flattering.
What do you think of this bizarre 2015 trend? Happy to see it go or keen to keep it alive? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Did anyone spot my missing earring?