We must thank 2008 Kim K for acquainting us with the concept of contouring. Since then, we’ve striped our skin with lighter and darker shades to sculpt, chisel, and define; whittled our cheekbones; and lent structure to our faces. Now, the technique is ubiquitous in that we see everyone smearing their faces with contour but many are devising hacks to one-up the traditional way of applying contour, and we just chanced upon one that has everyone tracing circles onto their faces. Yeah. It’s extremely bizarre. But do we ever dismiss anything beauty-related because it’s bizarre? Dubbed as ‘cup contouring’, this hack is doing the circles on the internet RN, literally.
The internet has sent us spiraling. Everyone’s drawing circles onto their faces—forehead to chin—with the idea of achieving a well-contoured face. The trend was popularised by Beauty Content Creator, Serena Lakkiss— she sectioned the hack into two phases wherein she documented the technique in one snippet, and displayed the end result in the second one. The former has amassed 7.8 million views on the Internet, and the latter has been viewed 700,000 times. It’s safe to assume that a lot of us tested the legitimacy of the hack. And some just enjoyed how satisfying the hack was to the eyes.
You must note that the hack isn’t for when you’re in a rush (or if you have trypophobia—please do me a favour, and don’t even look it up). I mean, isn’t it obvious, already? You’re treating your face like a child would a sheet and crayons, and beating away at your skin to blend everything together. But if you want to put it to the test anyway, here’s what you ought to do. Apply a darker contour along the hairline, around the mouth, over the cheekbones, along the jawline, and on the sides of the nose, and go over the rest of the leftover spaces with a lighter contour to fill in the gap. Blend the colors into your face with a beauty blender, and that’s it! A well-chiselled face and all it took was…10-15 minutes more than traditional contouring.
We’re vouching for this beauty blender by MyGlamm because it’s equipped with a handle that makes the application and blending easier. And it’s 100% cruelty-free.
For the darker contour, this face-sculpting stick by Insight is a clear-cut winner. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also double-duty in the way that it comes with a highlighter. The contour adds warmth to your face, and it’s extremely easy to blend because of how creamy it is.
Conclude the hack with this light-toned concealer by Lakmé. Devised to camouflage blemishes, dark circles, and spots, this concealer will pair extremely well with the contour we’ve selected for you. It’s infused with skincare as well—SPF 20 for sun protection and vitamin E for radiance.
Look, the result isn’t revolutionary. It’s honestly, nothing different than traditional contouring. But it’s extremely satisfying to watch—I’ll say that. And there’s nothing wrong with testing hacks—it might just work for you. But if you’re looking for a simpler hack for contouring, we just found another one on Lakkiss’ Instagram, and it’s pretty quick.
Yeah, unlike its face-dotting counterpart, this one just requires a little bit of tape. Pretty hack-y, no? And you can use some of the same products we recommended to you before this!