f you’re a beauty enthusiast (or not), it’s fascinating to look back and appreciate the classics that have shaped how we approach makeup. I say this because we keep cycling from one trend to another, each telling the tale of the era in which they dominated. This year has brought its own lineup of beauty trends, from modern innovative takes to age-old variations that have returned for an exciting spin.
One such is the 1970s sun-kissed makeup where blush draping took center stage. This technique, popularized by the iconic makeup artist of the ’70s, Way Bandy, reintroduced us to the magic of color and glow. In this article, we go back in time to explore the art of blush draping, learning what it is and how to achieve the vintage yet contemporary makeup trend.
What is blush draping?
Blush draping is a makeup technique that focuses on enhancing the natural contours of the face using blush. To simply lay it out, it’s all about contouring with a blush. It sculpts and defines one’s cheekbones, giving the complexion a warm and radiant glow. Unlike the regular blush application, which merely targets the apples of the cheeks, blush draping extends the blush from the cheeks upward towards the temples; and sometimes even across the forehead, creating a beautiful, seamless gradient of color.
How to achieve blush draping
To create an alluring flush of color with blush draping, use the following steps:
#1. Apply your base
Before diving into blush draping, it’s crucial to create a flawless base. Begin by preparing your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer. Then, apply a makeup primer to ensure your foundation stays in place throughout the day. Next, choose a foundation that matches your skin tone and blend it evenly for a seamless finish. Use concealer to hide any imperfections or blemishes, paying particular attention to the under-eye area for a bright and awake look.
#2. Choose a blush that fits your skin tone
Selecting the right blush shade is vital when it comes to blush draping. Since this technique makes the blush more prominent, it’s essential to choose a color that complements your skin tone. For fair skin, opt for soft pinks or peaches. Medium skin tones can go for rosy shades, while deeper complexions look stunning with warm coral or terracotta blushes. The key is to find a blush that adds a healthy flush of color without overpowering your skin.
#3. Apply the blush
Now, let’s dive into the heart of blush draping. Apply the chosen blush along the cheekbone with a makeup brush, starting from the apples of your cheeks and gently sweeping it upward towards your temples. You can also extend the blush slightly onto your temples and blend it into your hairline for a more dramatic effect.
Blending is the secret to achieving a seamless blush draping look. Use a clean blending brush to soften any harsh lines and merge the blush seamlessly into your skin. The goal is to create a natural transition from the blush to your skin; so take your time to blend until it looks effortlessly radiant.
#5. Add finishing touches
To complete the glamorous sun-kissed look, add a few finishing touches. Set your makeup with a light dusting of translucent setting powder to keep it in place. You can also enhance your eyes with black or brown mascara, and define your lips with a lipstick or lip gloss that complements the blush color you chose.
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To sum up, blush draping is a versatile makeup technique suitable for all skin tones, and its enduring popularity speaks to its effectiveness. Don’t hesitate to try it out and discover how it can enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. This classic technique is accessible to everyone and promises a radiant and timeless look.
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