Draping Is The New Contour, Here's How To Do It

Photo by Bri Johnson
Makeup artist Danielle Lewis breaks down how to chisel your cheeks using blush. 

Sure, you can highlight and contour, but can you drape?

It's contouring with color, but nstead of using bronzers and deeper tones to create structure, draping calls upon various shades of blush to "drape the angles of the face." Made popular by celebrity makeup artist Way Bandy years ago, it was once the epitome of '80s glam! Today, it's back with a vengeance.

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If you want to add this old school technique to your beauty routine, you’ll need a fluffy angled brush--like this one from Sephora-- one deep blush, one light blush and a heavy hand. Now is not the time to be shy with the blush brush. 

The deeper hue (think magenta, wine and berry tones) will be used to create definition and the lighter shade will be used to diffuse the finish.

Dust the darker tone in the hollows of the cheekbones, up towards the temple and above the brow. Apply the lighter blush shade where you would typically apply highlighter; along the outer ‘C’ of the face. NARS' two-in-one Dual Intensity Blush ($32, narscosmetics.com) comes in a bevy of beautiful shades that will easily help you pull off this fashion forward look. 

Take your blush higher for this trend. Think beyond the apples of the cheeks, but remember, no harsh contour lines here. The washes of color should sculpt and frame the face. 

Are you game for this revamped technique?

 

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