Text & Coordination by: Joanna Lee | Edited by: Clara Siew
When it comes to visually sculpting the face, beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists have seemingly done it all. Simply through contouring, highlighting or strobing, you can go from being the Pillsbury dough boy to Olivia Wilde in a matter of minutes. However, we humans are dynamic creatures – always seeking to try new things. Even contouring queen Kim Kardashian herself said she was going to withdraw from extreme contouring. So what comes next?
Example of the “draping” technique
As part of their Fall/Winter makeup collection, Marc Jacobs Beauty is launching an ombré Air Blush palette that’s designed for another method of reshaping your face, now known as “draping“.
Customize Your Color. Concentrate on the lighter, deeper, or middle section of the #AirBlush palette for the color you desire. Blend together for a perfect flush. Highlight with the lighter shade of the palette, contour with the deeper shade. Tip: the Blush Angled Blush Brush is perfect for creating a soft glow. #MarcJacobsBeauty
What is Draping?
Basically, it’s contouring, but with blush – and three different shades of it. Instead of using a contour shade that is darker or lighter than your skin tone, this technique uses different shades of the “rosy glow” colour to “drape” the face to help you achieve a more feminine and fresh luminosity that mimics the post-climax afterglow (ouh la la!).
Although the term is relatively unheard of, the concept is not that new. It was made famous in the 60s and 70s by makeup artist Way Bandy, who has been dubbed as one of the first makeup artists, and has painted many famous faces (including Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana Ross). According to friend Marc Jacobs, “he [Bandy] embraced the concept of “colour glow” as a way of bringing out the natural “drape” of the face.”
A “draping” guide by Marc Jacobs Beauty
“It’s the new way to blush,” said Gilbert Soliz, global makeup artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty. “You’re essentially changing the shape of the face with colour, using it to drape the contours of your face to achieve what you desire, whether it’s lift, sculpt, volume, or balance.”
So how does one approach it? We’ll help you break it down into two steps:
1. Colour Blocking
First, you want to lay the different shades of blush onto your usual contouring/highlighting areas. Just block in the colours – no blending yet. Place the darkest shade on the hollows of your cheeks (below your cheekbones), the lightest shade directly on top of your cheekbones (where you would highlight), and the medium shade on the apples of your cheeks and directly above the darker shade (this will act as your “transitional” shade). To avoid looking like you’ve just had one too many glasses of wine, make sure you build up your colour gradually instead of just laying it on thick all at once.
2. Blend and Diffuse
Using a fluffy blush brush or a fan brush, start at the area nearest to your ear, and blend using gentle back and forth motions across the whole cheek. This will help to blend the three shades to diffuse the harsh lines of colour blocking. This will leave you with a glowing, rosy flush. For a more avant-garde, editorial look, you can even blend the lightest shade all the way up to your temples.
Et voila! That’s all there is to it, really! Now you have an excuse to make use of your blush collection and get your glow on! (And maybe even brag about a good time last night? *wink wink*)
If you need a visual-aid, check out these short tutorials by makeup artists Lisa Eldridge and Wayne Goss on their take on the draping technique:
(Images courtesy of Marc Jacobs, Google, and Beauty is Boring)