Just when you thought summer was over and it was finally safe to tuck your tush cheeks safely back into fuller outfits—read: ensembles other than bathing suits—butt contouring is here. And yes, it's exactly what you'd imagine it to be. Celebs and regular butt-showers alike are using the same techniques Instagram makeup artists use on faces to apply darker and lighter shades of makeup to butt cracks, creases, and even dimples. Why? Because this is where art, technology, and tushies finally collide, and we can thank celebs like Ariel Winter for making this a widespread thing.
Ariel is undoubtedly gorgeous without any butt contouring, but a recent photoshoot led her on-set makeup artist to up the butt ante with a hearty dose of rear-focused contour. So, we decided to chat with celeb makeup artist Jessika Bekteshi to get the scoop on exactly how a normal gal can replicate the look at home (no judgments, you do whatever you want with your butt).
"As a painter I use a cool deep taupe-ish purple shade mixed with a dash of granny smith apple green to get a natural shadow. I would apply that same idea to the face without the green," she explains. Apparently that slight green-ish tint is what gives a more natural looking shadow to the lower butt creases, or the ones you're trying to create. Apply the shade "right on the crease and on the thigh right below the thigh connecting the derriere to the leg. The easiest way for someone to do it on themselves would be a foundation stick."
She recommends an easy-to-work-with, deep-hued foundation stick that contrasts well with your own natural skin tone. Try something affordable like NYX Mineral Stick Foundation till you get the hang of exactly how to apply and blend your extra-curricular contour.
"Making sure to pick the right shade so it's deep enough to look like a natural shadow is key. You can then set it with a translucent setting power and for extra long wear follow with a setting spray," explains Bekteshi. "Just make sure you blend well."
Because honestly, is there anything worse than a poorly contoured butt full of makeup?
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