Bobbi Brown: Makeup Maven Says, ‘Stop It! With Contouring: You Are Beautiful ‘As Is’


*We don’t need to be contouring like the Kardashians!” is makeup maven, Bobbi Brown’s message to the celebrities and others out there who feel they have to slim down that broad nose, draw in those eyebrows and  line those cheekbones to look more Anglo.

She says some of these folks actually look like clowns.

Some artists wear so much contouring makeup that it looks like they underwent extensive plastic surgery, she warns.

“When I see contouring on people’s faces, it looks like dirt,” Brown tells The NY Post. “As a beauty expert, I believe in individual beauty, and it’s just not my aesthetic.”

Brown, a Caucasian, seems to take issue with African American women in particular, who try to alter their natural features and use too much makeup in the process. 

“The contouring trend is so wrong because it tells women there’s something wrong with their face. There’s beauty in a full face, so I don’t like to paint in a cheekbone that doesn’t exist.”

Brown uses the Kardashians as an example of the absolute worst offenders of contouring.

Sorry, Kylie, but “lip-plumping and fillers never work,” Brown admits. “We’re not all born with Angelina Jolie lips … and whoever said small lips aren’t beautiful?”

For those aiming for juicier lips, Brown suggests lining them with a soft purplish pencil — like the Bobbi Brown lip liner in “Bobbi,” a shade she designed for herself — for a faint enhancement. Source

And as the founder of the #1 makeup brand by a woman, Brown reminds us that less is more. She also points to reality stars such as Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton (pictured below); and advises them to embrace their African noses rather than contouring to achieve Anglo features.

Cynthia Bailey (L) and Marlo Hampton (R)
Cynthia Bailey (L) and Marlo Hampton (R)

And about a woman’s dream of having beautiful, thick and natural-looking brows, Brown encourages women to “Make sure your brow fits your face, and if you’ve over-plucked, don’t attempt to draw in the power brow of your dreams.”

She adds, “I wish I had the strong brow I was given when I was a teenager… but I can’t paint it in.”


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