Trends come and go, and it’s up to the trend-setters to let us fashionistas know what’s in and what’s out. Designers like Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, for example, are two designers who are known to hold a megaphone to the fashion community by making bold statements about returning styles. What’s one of these statements? Most recently, Ford declared that that draping is back.
Draping refers to blush, specifically the way you apply it to your face. For years the application method has centered around contouring – highlighting accents or certain features of your face. The “draping method”, on the contrary, follows the natural bone structure to create a very heavy, made up appearance. In other words – blush is no longer meant to accent actual features of the face; now, it’s meant to be a statement in and of itself as it’s merely a method of sculpting and changing the shape of the face using color. With color, you can lift, sculpt, volume or balance any feature in your face. How Does That Work? Opportunities for draping are endless: you can customize the level of color simply by varying the tone or direction of your brush.
How Can You Do It?
If you’re a fashionista excited about falling in line with this trend, take heed to the directions that have been shared by trend-setters.
To lift the cheek bones in appearance: in your blush compact, you’ll notice stripes of light and dark shades of color. Blend both shades together, and then place the brush along the high part of cheekbones (as opposed to the apples). Blend along the length of the cheekbone, jawline and side of the neck.
If your goal is to sculpt: using the deeper shade, apply the color just below the apples (lower on the face) so the face doesn’t appear quite as round and thus takes on an oblong (oval) shape. Finally, swirl the lighter shade on top and blend the edges away.
If you’d like to voluminize your cheeks quite naturally, blend both shades in the compact together, smile and swirl the blush on the apples of the cheeks. Using the lighter shade, blend the edges away to create a more natural look.
Lastly, to balance out a disproportioned face, simply color certain parts of the face: blend your shade of choice over the peak of the brow at the temples, bridge of the nose, tip of the chin and along the sides of the neck near the ear lobes. Finally, blend to eliminate visible edges.
Draping Goes Great With…
To complete your draping look, consider a longer, bushier eyebrow. This look also dates back to the 70’s and 80’s, when draping was the go-to method for blush application. Don’t forget to shape your eyebrows, though, as a disproportioned eyebrow can take away from an otherwise completed look!
Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest beauty trends! Make draping a regular part of your make up routine this season!