Contouring Is Back. It’s Not What You Remember.

A lot of women who once avoided contouring because of its unnatural, made-for-Instagram effect, are now gravitating toward it.

A simple scroll on TikTok reveals that contouring is back from the dead.

It is back after a backlash against the sculpted, drawn-on look often associated with the early 2000s. (Remember strobing? Baking?) It is back after a pandemic in which many people swore off makeup altogether. But the look is not what you may remember.

Makeup mavens are now sweeping bronzer, blush and highlighter underneath their foundation for a look that’s called under painting. It’s an approach makeup artists have used for years to create a “natural” look: All of the color

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