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'Henna contouring' is the latest over-the-top makeup trend, and it's mesmerising

Like kids’ face painting, except not.

WITH EACH PASSING day, the lines between makeup and art continue to blur.

First we had contouring, a makeup technique used by drag queens for years, but popularised by Kim Kardashian and her ilk.

Wanna see how @scottbarnes68 contours?! Source: kimkardashian

Next came ‘strobing’, the inverse of contouring, which involves the strategic use of highlighter to catch the light and mimic perfect bone structure.

Haha he said 'so damn beautiful shit don't make sense' Source: Instagram/mymymyschel

Then makeup artists took it up to the next level with ‘clown contouring’ – painting themselves up in seemingly crazy-looking clown makeup that blends out to create a flawless base.

#clowncontouring something else i have to learn :) #makeuptrends #makeup #contouring #doyoumakeup #beauty #beautypost Source: Instagram/doyouhavethisinmysize

Exhausting, right? But they keep on innovating.

Pakistani makeup artist Sahur Saleim has devised ‘henna contour’, in which perfect skin is achieved by painting intricate, henna-like designs all over the face with foundation and highlighter:

hennacontour Source: Instagram/sahursart

hennacountourresult Source: Instagram/sahursart

The finished product is the same as regular contouring, but the process is just that little bit more beautiful to watch.


Women have been copying Saleim’s method, with gorgeous results:

VOTE FOR MEEEE Mendhi design contour ♥ @anastasiabeverlyhills cream and powder contour kits ABH dipbrow pomade in ebony ABH #tamannapalette gilded, chocolate and noir @shophudabeauty lashes Samantha And posh in Paris nails ♡ #anastasiabeverlyhills #hudalashes #hudanails #anastasiabrows #brian_champagne #dressyourface #amrezy #wakeupandmakeup #universodamaquiagem_oficial #inssta_makeup #hudabeauty #shophudabeauty #houseofmua #fiercesociety #eidmakeup #monakattan #vegas_nay #makeupartistsworldwide #makeupfanatic1 #mayamiamakeup #southafrica #zimbabwe #makeup #glitter #hijabfashion #contourcontest #hennacontour Source: Instagram/zimbalicious

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