Con of the con­tour

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The ques­tion on last week’s cover was bril­liant ( Apr 22), chal­leng­ing the on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion about con­tour­ing. Those on the ‘ au nat­u­rale’ band­wagon ar­gue that chang­ing fa­cial fea­tures us­ing makeup doesn’t help one’s self- es­teem; that it val­i­dates beauty stan­dards and em­pha­sisesstereo­typ­i­cal no­tions of fa­cial per­fec­tion. But, I think — as wknd. right­ly­pointed out in Con­tour­ing: The Art of Trans­for­ma­tion — tech­niques such as con­tour­ing ( and, more re­cently, ‘ tan­tour­ing’ and ‘ strob­ing’) are sim­ply en­hancers. Con­tour­ing is a tem­po­rary tech­nique us­ing makeup, un- like plas­tic surgery, which is a per­ma­nent al­ter­ation. I refuse to be­lieve that just be­cause chis­elled cheek­bones and plumper lips are ‘ in’ to­day, it will be the same two decades from now. The 90s were all about del­i­cate brows à la Kate Moss. Over the past cou­ple of years, it was the ‘ Cara’ look, with even the sale­sof tweez­ers drop­ping! How­ever, peo­ple are now talk­ing about amore­nat­u­ral brow, and putting down their brow pen­cils. All this only proves that beauty stan­dards are dy­namic and sub­ject to change with so­ci­ety, one's iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with so­ci­ety and age. I re­cently read that Peo­ple’s Most Beau­ti­ful Woman, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, wishes her now chis­elledhi l l d vis­agei wouldl d go backb k to be­ing round, as it had been when she was younger. So, if you want a slim­mer nose for your selfie, con­tour it. If you have a round face, don’t go to the cos­metic sur­geon for a jaw­line or cheek­bones; con­tour it. Your 47- year- old self will thank you for it. Nasheeda, by email

Pink Rib­bon Pak­istan, a non- profit cam­paign, is rais­ing awareness for breast can­cer and help­ing women from lower so­cio- eco­nomic back­grounds to save their own lives through an in­no­va­tive breast can­cer self- test con­tained within a bra. The Pink Bra bor­rows from a com­mon ges­ture in the sub­con­ti­nent, where women tuck money in their bras to keep it safe and turns it into a breast can­cer self- test ex­er­cise. The bra’s strate­gi­cally placed pock­ets have raised tac­tile guides to help women self- ex­am­ine and when they spot some­thing un­usual, they can call the Pink Rib­bon hot­line num­ber for free ex­pert ad­vice. The eas­i­est way to tackle breast can­cer is by de­tect­ing it early, and many women in Asia — al­most 65 per cent — only visit a hos­pi­tal when the can­cer is in the third or fourth stages, when treat­ment is too late.

Pink Rib­bon is call­ing on UAE res­i­dents to sup­port the move­ment by gift­ing Pink Bras to women in need

To help, visit www. giveapinkbra. com.

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