Zoe Kravitz’s done with contouring, ‘sculpting’ faces: ‘It makes everyone look the same’

Zoe Kravitz is the face of YSL lipstick, and she has her own signature collection with YSL Beauty (the YSL lipstick collection is called Rouge Pur Couture). They let her create/launch a collection of six lipstick colors, and she got to name the shades too. So she named them after people close to her – Arlene’s Nude for her grandmother (lol), Lale’s Red for her mom, and on and on. Would you spend $38 on one tube of lipstick? I would not, but then again, I just wear tinted lip balm anyway. To promote this YSL line, Zoe chatted with Vogue Magazine and I found some of her answers kind of cool:

Quick beauty answers: How does the Big Little Lies star relieve stress? Wine, weed, and sleep, she says. A beauty mistake she regrets? Wearing too much of it. The beauty trend she wishes would go away? Over contouring. The beauty trend that shocks her? Botox for sweat. (“That is the dumbest, scariest thing I’ve ever heard,” she says. “Don’t do that—sweating is key.”)

Naming the lipstick shades: “We started with the colors first, so we had to think of six names. I just wanted them to be personal; it means something to me when I hear those words.”

Why she chose these six lipstick colors: “We started really classic and simple, which to me is really the foundation of my style. It’s great to have really simple colors that you can build on top of, wear crazy outfits with, do a crazy eye with, which is why we kind of stayed with the nudes and the reds for this collection and go crazier as we go on. I hope they’re a good kind of accent to help people feel more confident.”

What she likes in makeup: “I’ve kind of come to to learn the things that I like [from wearing makeup at work]. I don’t like when things are too chalky. I like when things are matte but still have a little bit of moisture in them. I tried to make things that I would wear personally.”

Makeup shouldn’t make everyone look the same: “I think we’re at an interesting time right now with makeup. A lot of people are completely re-sculpting their faces and it makes everyone look the same, which to me is a shame. Everyone is unique and different in their own way—I think that’s a beautiful thing, and makeup should be used to enhance that.”

[From Vogue]

I’m really with her on the contouring thing and people “re-sculpting” their faces. I can’t wait for this trend or phase in beauty to be over, because it should be OVER. People spending an hour on contouring needs to be over. Dropping thousands of dollars on makeup needs to be over. People getting tweaked to look like an Instagram filtered photo come to life needs to be over. Whatever happened to taking a shower, dabbing on some moisturizer and a swipe of lipstick and going out into the world? Why is beauty so homogenized and expensive and time-consuming these days?

Also: Botoxing sweat glands… I agree, it seems like a risky and dumb thing to do.

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  1. ME says:

    Hey no one’s forcing a female to spend hours doing her make-up everyday. It’s a CHOICE. Some women find putting on their make-up relaxing and therapeutic while others find it stressful. Do what you want !

    • perplexed says:

      I do think it’s a choice, but lately I do think make-up looks a lot heavier on people’s faces than it used to be. To be fair, we now have social media, so maybe seeing yourself in a camera all the time is affecting what we do to our faces. I feel I’ve become more vain with the new phone cameras, which I feel make my face look a little strange. I had no idea until recently that my nose really is that big….whoa.

      I also think make-up can be a form of self-expression some women genuinely enjoy. If I was actually good at applying it, I’d probably enjoy. But since I don’t know how to apply it properly, I do find it to be a burden sometimes.

    • Kitten says:

      Agreed. When I was in my twenties I LOVED getting ready to go out and would give myself 1-2 hours to do my makeup and hair and decide which outfit to wear.
      I’d put on music and maybe smoke a joint….it was a FUN ritual.

      Now that I’m 40 I get ready in 20-30 minutes because I just don’t have the patience and honestly, I just don’t enjoy fussing over myself anymore. Nude eyeliner on my lower waterline, mascara, and a quick dab of lip stain is all I do nowadays. It’s been so hot here lately that I just throw my we hair up in a donut and I’m out the door. No WAY would I touch my hair with a hairdryer when it’s 95 and humid and I kind of can’t believe I used to dry my hair for an hour when I was younger.

      To each their own :)

    • Savannah says:

      It’s really mind-boggling to me that we live in a world where Persuation Marketing is literally nr. 1 in marketing, and still people talk about free will and making choices for themselves.

      We live in a time where marketing influences is at an all time high, and still people decieve themselves about making independent choices everyday. That’s how good the marketing is. It’s targeting the psychology in such an indirect way that we scroll through our phones and view influencers and marketers as our peers.

      Humans are impressionable, it’s basic human nature. We need to feel like we belong somewhere, with someone. Good for you if you don’t get influenced by anyone or anything, but the truth is: subconsciously all humans do.

    • PointingScreaming says:

      When natural becomes a judgement call, we all lose. I agree it’s about choice, but growing up in the 70s, my mother always laughed about fake eyelash, lacquered hair & stay out of the sun 1950s. I swear I’ve seen such backlash w silicone bodies along w the 1950s aesthetic of fake fake fake. I find it disparaging.

      • dj says:

        @ PointingScreaming me too! I cannot believe we are back to fake eyelashes again. My older sisters used to wear them and now they laugh it and wing tip eyeliner. I grew up accentuating my good traits my eyes or lips. Now I do spend $38 for YSL Rouge Couture lipstick because it is the best IMO opinion. I keep mascara, little brow, sunscreen and a good lipstick…out the door in 20-30 mins. I am happy to spend more time getting ready for a very special occasion but those are rare. To each her own but I hate this stupid contouring stuff Kardashian stuff.

    • fishface says:

      I agree with ME – do what you want. I admire the skill that some women have with their make-up. I would never do all the contouring stuff because I feel like all those layers must stifle the skin a bit. And I think that it works better for younger women with smooth taut skin. A few crows feet, and all that make-up starts looking awful about 5 minutes after you put it on.

  2. Lina says:

    I’m sick of beautiful women telling me it’s ok to not be beautiful. So basically, shut up Zoe.

    She has big eyes, full lips, and a thin nose. She was born with a face that is already the standard definition of beauty.

    “Whatever happened to taking a shower, dabbing on some moisturizer and a swipe of lipstick and going out into the world?”

    Uh… nothing happened to it. I never wear makeup.

    And botoxing sweat glands is usually a means to controlling someone’s quality of life, because excessive sweating is both uncomfortable and embarrassing. So basically, I disagree with everything.

    • Sophie says:

      If there was a “like” button, I would use it for your comment!

    • Sianlalee says:

      I’m sort of in two minds.

      I think she is trying to do a good thing – when I was younger I definitely put on too much makeup, because every celeb I saw looked like they were wearing a pound of it. For younger people now, their beauty idols are often Instagirls wearing tonnes of product. It’s not bad advice.

      On the other hand, she was born with the genes of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa freakin’ Bonet, so have some pity on the rest of us, Zoe.

      • Kitten says:

        YES. This is the most fair take.
        However, I do get what the OP is saying and it IS annoying to a degree, even if she means well.

    • Arizona says:

      One of my stepdaughter’s close friends had a condition that made her sweat excessively, and caused her to be bullied at school. She eventually got Botox in her sweat glands and it solved the problem. So I think it can certainly be a benefit, and needed. But I think if people who just sweat normally are getting it so they don’t sweat at all, that’s not necessary but I also don’t see the problem with it.

      • Keke says:

        About Zoe not the OP: sorry I thought I was posting a lone comment and not replying to one. I’m not saying the OP is ignorant, referring to Zoe’s words.

        What an uniformed and ignorant thing to say. Botox is not used to stop sweating. It’s to stop people who sweat excessively. I can’t stand it when celebrities say things about something they don’t even know.

        Wine and weed are artificial and temporary ways to relieve stress. In fact- with alcohol- it will make you feel worse over time. It relaxes you but the next day or the day after you are more anxious. Which makes you want to drink more because you’re anxious. And this is with moderate healthy drinking. Has anyone noticed the difference in how you feel waking up not having in-bided compared to when you have?

        As for the contour- to each their own. I used to but don’t anymore. To be honest I think it makes you look older.

    • perplexed says:

      She’s not telling people not to use make-up though. She’s saying make-up should be used to enhance, which is true. We all make fun of Kendall Jenner for the over-sculpting phenomenon, so I don’t think her opinion on over-sculpting is an unpopular one. Does anyone think Kim Kardashian looks good when she’s taken away her best features to replace them with make-up features that look fake?

      • Lina says:

        Except Kylie Jenner completely altered her face, which was cute and generic before, so she could have the same features that Zoe was born with. So again, I just want beautiful women to stop.

      • perplexed says:

        But does she actually look good or more beautiful? That’s the question. What’s the point of doing it if you don’t actually look good and just look like an alien? What if you actually looked better before with your original features? If a person actually enjoys looking like an alien, that’s fine. But if you do want to look beautiful, then, yeah, I think her dislike of the trend makes sense. No amount of over-contouring is going to make Kylie Jenner look like what she isn’t so clearly there are limits to what can be done with this trend.

        She also asked what beauty trend she didn’t like. She said over-contouring, not contouring done at a minimum (which I assume can be flattering). She also didn’t give the answer without someone asking first. It’s not like she’s doling out advice unsolicited. I think there are some people who legitimately find the over-sculpting phenomenon unattractive. We’re not going to find the same things beautiful IF specifically asked about them. She was also asked what beauty mistake she regrets and I do think some people come to regret wearing too much of it upon reflection at a later age. But that’s different from saying to stop wearing makeup altogether (which I don’t think she did).

    • Zantasla says:

      I agree with everything you said.

    • manda says:

      yes hyperhidrosis is a real thing and if your doctor thinks botox will help, then who is anyone to say different?

    • Carol says:

      Yeah, I’ve only heard of people using botox to control their sweat glands if they sweat profusely – abnormally more than the average person (like having unnaturally sweaty palms or feet). It can be an embarrassing condition, especially if you suffer from that at work, and I have no problem with people trying to fix that. I have never heard of people using botox simply to stop a natural level of sweat.

    • Selena says:

      Thankyou Lina. I have had botox to stop overactive sweating. To be judged for that is a bit rough. I walk 50 metres and look as if I have been dunked in a bucket of water. At the end of a day at work (nursing and midwifery) I would take home two uniforms to wash and still look like I had been swimming in my clothes. I thank heavens for the botox that has helped me with this issue, I just wish it had been around during my dancing years. Worth every cent of the 3 – 5,000 dollars I spend a year on it.

    • Stiglitz says:

      Agree with everything you said… I sweat excessively due to meds and it is really annoying at times. My sweating isn’t even that bad so i feel for people who need it medically. Although to be fair to Zoe, we pick everything apart she says and she probably meant people who botox wear glands out of vanity and not because they sweat excessively (assuming it’s probably some kind of LA trend). Also yes I agree it’s easy for her to say that we should all be natural and to be fair, I don’t see myself as attractive (I don’t find myself ugly either) but I also get really tired of everyone looking the same on Instagram, including Hollywood stars who subtly tweak their face twice a year until they look nothing like themselves anymore. I’m assuming that’s the trend she is referring to, not people with very disproportionate features who want to stand out less for it.

    • usedtobe says:

      @Lina You win today! I love your honest post and you’re SO right!

    • GreenieWeenie says:

      PSA: Many people feel Bruce Lee died from heatstroke caused by having his sweat glands removed. She’s not wrong to point out that sweating serves a critical function. Obviously, people face individual circumstances but cosmetic interventions are just that–cosmetic (i.e. not necessary)–and they carry real risks.

      She wasn’t a beautiful child and she’s talked repeatedly about how her father dating supermodels gave her insecurities. She struggled with anorexia. You can’t tell somebody they’re objectively beautiful so “stop whining.” She clearly hasn’t felt that way. She’s also not white and has faced the issues that come with that, working in her industry. Her full lips/big eyes don’t get her roles written for white women and she’s talked about this, too. You’re awfully dismissive of people on the basis of their looks; how can it surprise you that others are as well?

  3. Grant says:

    I had hyperhydrosis to an embarrassing level a few years ago–couldn’t wear a shirt without underarm sweat stains. I started getting Botox injections in my armpits and it completely changed my life and boosted my self confidence. So thank you for your input Zoe, but I have no regrets.

    • Allie says:

      I’m pretty sure she can see the difference between a beauty trend and getting botox because of a medical condition.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        If she did she wouldn’t have said something as ignorant as botoxing your armpits being “dumb” and “scary”.

      • Grant says:

        Thank you, VV! I definitely didn’t interpret what Zoe said as drawing any kind of distinction between medical or cosmetic (“Sweating is key!”). It is 100% medically possible to have overactive sweat glands, which was the case in my situation, so I find Zoe’s statement to be categorically ignorant and uninformed.

    • lucy2 says:

      I imagine she’s talking more about the people doing it for vanity or because it’s trendy, rather than people who need it for a legitimate medical reason. I’d hope, anyway.

    • Andrea says:

      I suffered for years and years with hyperhydrosis. It was my right underarm. I could only buy dark colored shirts to avoid the stains. I would fold paper towels in there to try to stop it. My dermatologist tried special antiperspirant. You name it, I tried it. Eventually I tried Botox. It was the absolute best treatment. Immediately it stopped. I no longer had to worry about the embarrassment. Best of all, one treatment and it never came back – at least for now – and it’s been 8 years. I’d do it again, no questions asked.

  4. Joy says:

    Look I am a twin of Gollum without makeup. It’s great for her who looks flawless. But for people like me, I NEED HELP.

  5. perplexed says:

    I don’t think she’s advising less makeup. She’s promoting a lipstick line so clearly she’s not opposed to using it. I think she just doesn’t like OVER-contouring, which she seems to have been asked about, rather than just randomly speaking about it. Over-contouring does look weird even on the prettiest people (i.e Kim Kardashian). She was asked about a trend she doesn’t like, and answered. Does anyone actually like over-contouring when you see what it actually looks like close-up???

    I also think a lot of people do regret wearing a lot of make-up when they suddenly wise up to the fact that they are naturally beautiful (which I guess she is). She’s now at the age where she’s likely to have had the epiphany that she’s not so bad-looking without makeup.

    I have no opinion on the sweat thing though. You do you. Whatever floats your boat.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree. I see people contouring and using filters to the point they no longer look like themselves, and in some cases no longer look human. It’s weird.
      To each their own, but I would hope no one feels the pressure to do that because others are.

      Of course, easy for someone as naturally beautiful as Zoe to say!

  6. Maria says:

    I wear makeup daily but my face is too rounded for contouring to look right at all so I’ve given it up. But a subtle foundation, brow gel, eyelashes, and a decent your-lips-but-better lipstick can really do wonders.

  7. Leriel says:

    “Whatever happened to taking a shower, dabbing on some moisturizer and a swipe of lipstick and going out into the world?” – with all my bright red acne scars, pale af scin and my love to bold red or plum lipsticks it’s hella impossible to put some moisturizer, lipstick and being ready to go.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      That has literally never been my routine lol.

      • Leriel says:

        It’s my mom routine,she doesn’t use cleansers, just wash with water and put some moisturizer, she feels fine, and I wash my skin twice, use three different serums and do clay masks three times per week, because if I give up, my acne scars will double at least, and I am in my middle twenties, it feels like nature hates me.

    • fleur says:

      Same. I have rosacea so my skin looks perpetually sunburnt when I don’t wear mineral makeup, especially if I’ve just “hopped from the shower”. My eyebrows are bad, so I always have to fill them in so that I look like I have eyebrows. And I have dark circles so…concealer too.

      Anyone who can just shower, moisturize and go, good for you, but that’s not the life of most women. Sometimes I’m grateful that at least as a woman I can minimize this stuff through cosmetics. Men are basically screwed.

  8. Mab's A'Mabbin says:

    I don’t take advice from celebrities lol. Like ever. We look. Read. Listen. Then for God’s sake, let the eyes roll.

  9. Christina says:

    She’s not surrounded by real women. I get her perspective, but she doesn’t realize that her perspective works for the circles she is running in, but real women do this stuff to solve real problems.

    It sucks that the only way things will change is if we refuse to dye our hair and get treatments for our sweat glands (I haven’t, but it’s an option for people who need it). But, if we don’t, we can’t be employed, or we look “sloppy” to people who don’t have to worry about conforming to put others at ease so that we can make a living. Just stopping with the hair straightening made people respond and tell me that they prefer my hair straight. I’m 51. I stopped about 8-9 years ago, but I looked different, and long curly waves on an older woman aren’t supposed to happen. I remembered Sonia Braga and was like, “F—k it!” And then people starting telling me I looked tired because I didn’t want to wear make up. I’m OLDER. Really, it’s okay. Sheesh… but I have a job, thankfully.

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Says the girl with amazing bone structure and cheek bones for days…🙄 insert massive eye roll.
    Here’s the thing: Its borderline obnoxious for naturally beautiful people to lecture or pontificate on what they think OTHER people should or shouldn’t be doing with their own f*cking faces. She has access to the best of everything. Yes of course hun you look great with minimal makeup. You have flawless skin.

    As for the botoxing sweat glands – I’ve said this before and I will say it again. You have no idea how hard it can be to deal with hyperhidrosis until you’ve actually experienced it. It literally changes people’s lives and if I could afford to do it to control MY hyperhidrosis I would. Let’s not shame people for that. And let’s also educate ourselves about it before calling it dumb or scary. You don’t stop sweating! The sweat comes out in other places.

    • Jennifer says:

      Is that her original face? My husband thought she looked super tweaked when we watched BLL together.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        It is. She’s always had cheekbones and lips for days. She’s a naturally beautiful woman and I’m not shading her for that but I found this interview so obnoxious.

  11. kerwood says:

    Zoe Kravitz is one of those people who started out on third base and thinks she hit a triple. She’s a very attractive girl but the world is full of beautiful girls. Her acting ability is minimal. If she wasn’t the beautiful daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, we wouldn’t know who she was. She needs to acknowledge her privilege.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Welp. No lie detected.

    • perplexed says:

      I think she is privileged but she’s being specifically asked about what beauty trends she likes and doesn’t like. In the context of the questions actually being asked of her, I think her answers/ opinions make sense. In the context of these questions, suddenly taking about the injustices
      ugly people who don’t have famous parents face really doesn’t make sense.

  12. Kristen says:

    “Why is beauty so homogenized and expensive and time-consuming these days?”

    I blame the Kardashians.

  13. Naddie says:

    I’m with her on that. People with very distinc genetics are all morphing into one another, it’s crazy. And she’s not telling (supposed) ugly people to stop using, she’s criticizing a trend that makes everyone look like clones.

  14. Gil says:

    Well if I had such a beautiful face like hers (she looks so beautiful in Big Little Lies), I would leave the house wearing only lip balm. But seriously I find makeup therapeutic, I like it. It is fun to have a nude look with only lip balm and mascara or total plastic face look Kardashian level. I get it that some people might find the idea of spending big bucks on makeup is crazy but buying expensive china is crazy too. She is right about the Botox to avoid sweating that is just bonkers.

  15. perplexed says:

    Contouring doesn’t make my round face look better so personally I see no use for it. If it works for you, I can see why you’d do it. I’m not convinced it works on everyone though. It just winds up making some people look like clowns, I think. I also think some people genuinely enjoy makeup. I wish I did, but I’ve found it just messes up my bathroom. I think it takes a certain level of organization to do makeup well.

  16. Harryg says:

    I hate contouring and blow-up doll makeup. No one looks better like that.

    • Krakken says:

      Harry. If you’re a dude. shut the hell up

      • Krakken says:

        Correction: Harry, if you’re a dude who doesn’t wear makeup on a semi reg basis .. (Halloween doesn’t count) shut the hell up. Your opinion is part of the problem.

      • Joanna says:

        Hey everybody has an opinion, he has every right to post on here. He’s not being mean or telling a woman not to do it.

  17. Originaluna says:

    Reading and comprehension people: She was asked specific questions, she answered them – while selling makeup.
    She said very clearly: OVER contouring/re-sculpting faces. it IS true. I’m tired of seeing everyone and their grandma looking like Kim Kardashian/Kris Jenner clones. I mean in every race, the face is the same. I’m done with the glass shiny face with big bold brows, full (if not over inflated and contoured) lips, and to add, the baby voice (nothing to do with the makeup but it somehow just happens).
    I love makeup too – although I don’t wear foundation just lipstick, and eyeliner, cat eye, mascara… I love it. Just try to still look like yourself!

    Again, people shaming her for being beautiful – READ her interview, please.

  18. Shana says:

    Says girl who was lucky to inherit perfect facial features from both of her parents. Only obvious work is terrible to look at (and even in that case it’s simply a matter of personal choice), subtle work can enhance natural beauty and fix asymmetry. Look up for dr.zackally instagram page, he has perfect examples of subtle work that elevates natural features. (Not an ad, lol, the dude is UK based and I’ve never even been there)

  19. shells_bells says:

    I’m seeing her dad tonight and I’m really hoping for summertime “Shirtless Lenny,” last time I saw him he was covered up “poncho Lenny” so fingers crossed.
    Sorry, that’s all I have to add to this convo.

  20. Kristen says:

    I know, I know, but this is driving me crazy: “Zoe Kravitz is done with contouring…”. Kravitz’s is possessive, it’s not a contraction.

  21. Pixie says:

    I worked with someone who killed himself over hyperhydrosis. He wrote about it in his suicide post.

    • fleur says:

      Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, Pixie. That’s so awful, that poor man. People should never be shamed for their insecurities.

  22. GreenieWeenie says:

    Jesus, people. She’s not writing a dissertation. She’s commenting on beauty trends: the current trend is layers upon layers upon layers of very expensive makeup. Do you love spending hours everyday getting ready? Good for you. She’s not talking to you. She’s talking about a trend in the beauty industry that contributes to sexism. Women shouldn’t feel like they NEED to spend hours getting ready for work in the morning (in fact, they shouldn’t need to. Men don’t). That shouldn’t be a standard, and this ubiquitous trend creates the impression that it is a standard. She’s not even passing judgment…she’s just saying she dislikes the trend. She’s actually advocating being an individual, having confidence, and disregarding trends. What a horrible woman.