Draping made simple: how to contour your face with blush

Draping, halo or geisha blush ... whatever you choose to call it, this makeup technique is trending. Blush is applied as a sheer veil of colour that cascades down the temples, contouring your face and giving you an ethereal glow

09 September 2018 - 00:00 By Nokubonga Thusi

This new blush technique, as seen at Valentino, Kenzo and Nina Ricci, borrows from two styles to strike the perfect balance between obscure and demure. The trend combines both the '80s disco style of applying an array of unblended bright blushes from eyes to cheeks and Korean K-pop makeup, that is famous for delicately flushed cheeks and partially stained lollipop lips, to create a look that is both soft and punchy.

The key to taking this look from theatrical to wearable is to practice refinement. The overall skin coverage should be kept fresh and luminous by applying a liquid highlighter underneath lightweight foundation.
Pale skin tones can use pink blush shades such as light candy pinks or rosebud pink while olive to darker skin tones can experiment with warm pink corals, dusty pinks or even purple blush that translates pink on a darker skin tone.
Use a blush in a powder formula if you want to achieve a more saturated colour pay-off against the skin or a cream formula for a more dewy, sheer finish.

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