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Draping is the latest make-up craze - here’s how to do it

Move over contouring, there's a new beauty trend in town

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Draping is the latest make-up craze - here’s how to do it

If you want to try something different with your make-up and learn a few new skills at the same time, then fear not, because the newest beauty craze is already here. 

‘Draping’ follows the natural bone structure and uses different tones of blusher to achieve a soft, fresh, yet still defined, look.

You may have only just mastered the wonderful art of contouring, which involves a clever way of playing with light and shadows to create a chiselled cheekbone or a defined jawline like no other. However, it’s time to put aside your contouring brushes, say goodbye to your well-loved bronzer, and pick up some blusher instead.

‘Draping’ follows the natural bone structure and uses different tones of blusher to achieve a soft, fresh, yet still defined, look. 

It actually originated in the 60s and 70s when make-up artist Way Bandy would mix different products together to create a natural-looking colour for clients' bone structures.

Marc Jacobs has been credited with bringing the trend back this autumn, to coincide with the launch of his brand's new AW16 make-up range, which includes a selection of ombre AirBlush palettes - two-toned blushers that are designed to be used with the new sculpting technique. 

 

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In a statement, Jacobs commented of Way Bandy's pioneering style: "He embraced the concept of 'colour glow' as a way of bringing out the natural 'drape' of the face'."

To help you out, we've created a step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Lift

Start with a clean base using your usual foundation to match your skintone. Take a small makeup brush and apply a light shade of blusher along the top of the cheekbones.

Then, blend the same shade along the length of the cheekbone, jawline and the side of your neck. 

Either L'Oreal Infallible Blush Trio in Soft Rosy or Collection's Gorgeous Glow 1 Blush Block will help you get the look. 

Step 2: Sculpt

Now pick up a darker shade of blusher and dust it just below the apples of the cheeks and lower on the face so it creates an oval shape. 

Step 3: Blend

Blend both shades together, smile and brush the product on the apples of the cheeks and don't forget to blend it in. This step will you give you a more subtle, natural look.  

To make sure you don't have any harsh lines you can use EcoTools' Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set or Real Techniques' Finish Blush Brush.

Step 4: Balance

For those wanting the ultimate ‘draping’ treatment, you can blend your shade of choice over the peak of the brow at the temples, bridge of the nose and tip of the chin. Just try not to go OTT. 

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