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What is Visual Weight?

Visual weight is a concept in makeup that helps you identify and enhance your unique facial features. It’s not about “good” or “bad” weight, but rather about balancing your features to create harmony or accentuate certain ones.

Origins of Visual Weight

The term “visual weight” gained popularity in the West through beauty creator “Dear Peachie,” who shared the concept in her YouTube videos. It’s rooted in East Asian beauty practices, where makeup often aims to enhance delicate features with softer tones.

Types of Visual Weight

Low Visual Weight:

  • Features are balanced and harmonious.
  • Makeup focuses on creating a natural, even look.
  • Examples: Kate Bosworth, Gabrielle Union

High Visual Weight:

  • Large or prominent features.
  • Makeup accentuates these features with bold colors or heavy application.
  • Examples: CL, Angelina Jolie

How to Determine Your Visual Weight

Experiment with makeup and observe how it affects your features. Consider these elements:

  • Feature Size: Large features draw more attention.
  • Color Contrast: Contrasting colors highlight certain areas.
  • Bone Structure:
    Depth and shadows influence the prominence of features.

Is Visual Weight Harmful?

While beauty trends can be rooted in societal pressures, the theory of visual weight is not intended to criticize or divide. It’s a tool for understanding and celebrating your unique beauty. However, if assessing your visual weight feels harmful, remember that there is beauty in every face.