Clown Contouring: Wayne Goss Breaks Down the Latest Craze


Just when you thought you’d seen every contouring trend on the planet, makeup artist and brush designer Wayne Goss brings us the latest: clown contouring. If the name makes you want to head for the hills, hear us out. As you’ll see in the video above, the end result is anything but carnivalesque.

Clown contouring has actually been around since the 1960s, according to Goss. He goes on to describe it as a technique that’s similar to regular highlighting and contouring except for the addition of color, which adds definition and brightness to the face. The trick, Goss explains, is to use shades of pink and fuchsia for extreme color correction. This exaggerated method of highlighting, contouring, and color correcting may look like circus face paint at first, but it blends down to a flawless, multidimensional finish.

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