With Neck Contouring Officially A Thing, Have We Finally Reached Peak Contour?

Srsly, where will it end?

Neck Contouring

We thought we’d seen it all when it came to contouring. No, really we did. With trends like cleavage contouring, clown contouring and even Star Wars-inspired contouring, we wondered where the sculpting trend could go next.

And then there was neck contouring: the latest technique made famous by beauty blogger Huda Beauty. Not surprisingly, it involves using light and dark contour creams on the back of the neck to create the illusion of a slimmer appearance.

But, um, why would you even want to do that? According to Huda Beauty it’s for “slimmer, graceful-looking updos” and many people think it’s a tad ridiculous, with comments ranging from the “This is so pointless” to the “We do not need to contour our frigging necks.”

Our thoughts? We have to agree. After all, aren’t our necks enough on their own? Do we really need to paint them on to make them look attractive?

It kinda calls the whole contouring thing into question. In an interview with Refinery 29, Demi Lovato puts it like this: “What makes me sad is to see so many girls on Instagram with their faces painted, literally, and the contouring tutorials and the lip tutorials, I had a moment where I thought, Are my lips not big enough? And, no, I have great lips. While it’s great to learn, some of these tutorials make you think you have to put pounds of makeup on, and that’s not the case.”

It begs the question, is contouring just an extreme way of altering your appearance?

Tellingly, the time consuming-technique of contouring has in part being replaced by quicker face-sculpting hacks like strobing and sun stripping, which may signal that traditional contouring could be on its way out.

If it makes our morning beauty routine quicker and less complex, then we’re saying bring it on!