If You’re Fairly Dramatic, You Need To Try ‘Draping’ With Blush

Sure, most of us know to apply blush onto the apples of our cheeks, but have you heard of the more editorial blush technique called ‘draping’?

Rihanna herself is a fan of this look – she had her face draped in blush for the Met Gala 2017. If the queen of Fenty can do it, we need to try it. We’ll take you through a pretty dramatic journey with blush – and we’re pretty excited to try this look on ourselves.

Put down the contour palette, ladies, and let’s learn all there is to know about draping.

What is draping?

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‘Draping’ is basically contouring – only using blush. It enhances the curves an angles on your face without you needing to invest in a contour palette. 70’s celebrity MUA Way Bandy brought draping to light during the glamorous era. In the millennial era, Marc Jacobs is mostly responsible for the trend’s revival. According to Glibert Soliz, a global artist at Marc Jacobs Beauty:

“It’s the new way to blush.”

The 4 ways to drape with blush

Draping is meant to emphasize your unique bone structure and sculpt your features. There are 4 ways to ‘drape’ your face in blush:

1. Lifted glow

The lifted look makes your cheekbones appear pronounced and raised. Apply blush onto your cheekbones, jawline and the side of your neck. For a look that’s more editorial and dramatic, sweep some blush from your eye to your temple.

2. Sculpted glow

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For the girls with a rounder face, sculpting is basically the essence of contouring. It gives your face a more angled shape – so use a deeper shade of blush and apply it below the apples of your cheek, lower on your face. Then, blend away.

3. Volumized glow

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This is the opposite of sculpting. If you want to add some roundness and life to your cheeks, you should definitely try this technique. Swirl some blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend – this is how you’d normally wear blush anyway. Full cheeks radiate so much health and joy.

4. Advanced glow

Also known as the ‘balanced’ technique, the blush should be the focal point of your entire look. It’s dramatic and editorial, so we’ll take you through this journey. You begin by buffing some powdered blush above your brows, into your temples, down the centre of your nose, the tip of your chin, and finally, down the side of your neck starting at the ear.

If you find that you’ve put on a little too much blush though, you can always add on translucent powder to make the effect a little less dazzling.