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How to Master Blush Draping

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As heavy contouring begins to fall out of favor, more and more people are opting to play around with their blush placement and there’s a new blush technique that’s popping up everywhere.

From red carpets to your For You Page, blush draping is the next big thing when it comes to new makeup trends.

Here’s everything you need to know about this coveted blush technique.

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What is Blush Draping?

Blush draping is a blush technique that was popularized in the 70s and is experiencing a new found revival.

Think Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala – blush draping is essentially contouring with blush, that leaves cheekbones defined and adds a burst of fresh color to enhance the shape of your face.

Rather than applying your blush to the apples of your cheeks, blush is applied along the cheekbones, all the way up to your temples, often blended into your crease to frame the eyes.

This blush placement emphasizes the natural contours of your cheekbones and lifts for a flushed, sculpted glow.

Where Did Blush Draping Come From?

Blush draping is an old-school technique, created by Cher’s makeup artist, Way Bandy. Coined by Bandy as “color glow,” the blush application enhances your natural features and gives the illusion of higher and sharper cheekbones while adding a pop of color for a seriously on-trend makeup look.

How to Drape Blush

Ready to get the TikTok makeup look everyone’s going crazy for? Checkout our 5-step blush contouring guide and learn how to drape blush like a pro!

Step 1 – Prep the Skin

Prepping the skin is key for a flawless base. Start with a clean, makeup free face before going in with a primer to make your base stay all day long.

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Step 2 – Apply Your Base

Apply your foundation and concealer like normal, before setting with a light dusting of face powder.

  • If you’re after a full-coverage base that won’t budge, without feeling heavy on the face, reach for our Conceal & Define range. With 60 skin-true shades, ranging from fair to deep this versatile collection is designed to suit every skin tone and type.
  • If a more lightweight base is your kind of thing, opt for our Conceal & Hydrate range. A hydrating collection of concealers and foundation, the Conceal & Hydrate range comes in 50 shades and is infused with plumping Hyaluronic Acid to smooth the skin for a satin finish.

Step 3 – Sweep On the Color

To get that signature blush draping effect, start by lightly applying your blush along the cheekbones in a C-shape – with a makeup brush if you’re using powder, or a makeup sponge if using cream.

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Bring the blush under the cheekbones for sharp, sculpted look, before moving up to the temple area, using light C-shape motions, building the color up towards the outer edges of the face to create a smooth gradient effect.

  • Achieve a sun kissed glow by using a warm peach shade like our Blush Bomb Cream Blusher in Peach Filter.
  • Make a bold statement and hark back to the 80s á la Debbie Harry by draping your blush with our ultra-pigmented Superdewy Blush in You Had Me At First Blush.
  • If it’s a natural my-skin-but-better kind of vibe, look no further than our Blusher Reloaded in the delicate shade, Ballerina.

Step 4 – Blend the Blush Up into the Crease

Take a small, fluffy blending brush and sweep the same shade you used for your face, into the crease bone, before blending out into the temple for a super-quick and easy monochromatic makeup look.

If you’re after a more natural look you can absolutely forgo this step. For a bold look, sweeping your blush shade up into the brow bone is must!

Step 5 – Set Your Makeup

Now you’ve spent all this time carving out the perfect draped blush look, the last thing you want is for it for your makeup to shift or wear away throughout the day. Make sure your makeup lasts all day long with a setting spray.

Give blush draping a try and don’t forget to share your snaps with us @MAKEUPREVOLUTION.
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