‘Draping’ – The Latest ‘Sculpting’ Craze For A Fresher, Younger Look

Contouring, tontouring, clown contouring, non-touring, sandbagging, baking, strobing – it seems that the ‘sculpting trend’ is endless and there is always a ‘new kid on the block’. If you are a true makeup junkie who never fails to keep herself updated about the latest trends, then you must know about the most recent addition to this ongoing face-shaping craze. Yes, we are talking about ‘draping’, which has been taking the makeup world by storm since last few months. So, what is this newest beauty buzzword all about? How is it different from other methods in achieving a sculpted look? Let’s crack on:


What Is Draping?

Draping is a term coined by Marc Jacobs, which actually refers to ‘sculpting with color’ or ‘draping angles in color’. It is a contouring technique which makes use only of blush in place of contour sticks or colors for getting a softer, fresher, and brighter look. To be more precise, draping does not focus on creating a tanned and highlighted look by using shades of dark browns. Rather, it revolves around the application of blush along the natural bone structure of the face in a swirling motion while focusing on the highest points like temples, eyebrow bones, and the top of the cheekbones. Draping gives a flushed yet chiseled look by flattering the facial features instead of enhancing the face shape. In short, this makeup technique is great for achieving a subtle natural look with a youthful and sculpted glow.

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History Of Draping

Draping is not at all a completely new thing, rather it has its roots in the makeup trend of ‘60s-‘70s. The technique was first conceptualized by the renowned celebrity makeup artist as well as the ‘father of contouring’ Way Bandy. He worked with some of the most famous faces of that decade including Cher, Diana Ross, Farrah Fawcett, etc. and won the heart of makeup-lovers with his ‘natural’ yet ‘transformative’ makeup techniques. The most interesting fact about Bandy is that “he embraced the concept of ‘color glow’ as a way of bringing out the natural ‘drape’ of the face”. In fact, he is the first person to teach beauty enthusiasts sculpting their faces depending on their unique features rather than the shape.

Draping Makeup Technique

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Comeback Of Draping

The revolutionary idea of the iconic artist Bandy has seen a grand comeback this year with the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo ($42) by Marc Jacobs Beauty. This is basically a compact blush duo palette having two complementary shades that can be used either individually or collectively. It is also known as the ‘contouring and highlighting duo’ in which the deeper hue is used for contouring while the lighter one is used for highlighting. The product is just perfect for creating the bold cheek trend of the ’70s while giving a very made-up look with a luminous flush.

Different Ways Of Draping

Draping can help you achieve whatever you desire with your facial features. Lift it, sculpt it, volumize it, or get an absolutely balanced look. We tell you how:

  1. Lifting: Combine two complementary shades and apply the blush mixture to the top of your cheekbones, Blend it along the length of the cheekbones as well as the sides of the neck. You can also blend it along the corners of your eyes to your temples.
  2. Sculpting: Apply the deeper shade of the blush underneath the apples of your cheeks focusing on the lower section of your face in order to offset the roundness. Then, apply the lighter shade on top of the cheeks in a swirling motion and blend away along the edges.
  3. Volumizing: Combine two complementary shades of blush and apply on the apples of your cheeks in a swirling motion while making a smiling face. Blend thoroughly and you are done!
  4. Balancing: Mix two complementary blush shades together and apply to your temples right at the top of your brows. Also, apply to the chin, earlobes, sides of the neck, and bridge of your nose. Blend away as much as possible.

Draping Makeup Technique

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Tips And Tricks

Now, here are a few essential tips and tricks that would make your draping efforts completely flawless:

  • Pick deeper and lighter shades of blush from the same family for a single application. Using soft, neutral shades are recommended for a subtly beautiful look.
  • Women with light skin tones might opt for peach, pink, etc. while bold hues are the best for dark-skinned beauties.
  • Blending is the key to a naturally glowing look. So, make sure that you blend away the harsh edges and avoid a choppy look.
  • Make use of two separate brushes for draping. A setting brush for the smaller areas and a blush brush for the cheeks will give the most flattering effects.
  • You should always start slow and keep adding more colors as needed. The levels of color can also be customized easily in the case of draping.

Draping – the latest successor of contouring – is all set to win our heart. Are you ready to give it a try?

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A digital media professional, an ardent beauty lover and a passionate foodie - this is what describes Nilankeeta in a nutshell. She is in a serious relationship with music and can't think of a life without family, friends, and online shopping.

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