Is ‘draping’ taking over ‘contouring?’

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THAT YOU GOT THE HANG OF THE FAMOUS CONTOURING TECHNIQUE…ANOTHER METHOD EMERGES!

So I was flicking through my DailyMail App this morning, when I came across an article talking about a new make-up trend called ‘draping’. Apparently, this method has been ‘coined’ by Marc Jacobs and was very popular in the ’80’s.

To be quite frank, it is a very over-complicated name for a very easy technique! ‘Draping’ is essentially using combinations of blushers to follow the natural bone structure of the face and therefore bringing out the natural ‘drape’ of the shape. Sound familiar? Yes, it is basically contouring but with a blush!

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The draping technique is shown ‘here‘ on Marc Jacobs Beauty Youtube.

SO WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

On Marc Jacobs Youtube Page, they explain different methods using their AirBlush. But in simple terms, it is all about using a blush to structure your face!

  1. On the apples of your cheeks is where most of the pigment will sit, creating ‘volume’
  2. Essentially, a lighter shade can then be used to to blend this darker shade along the cheekbones

To complete it, I used three different shades. I found it easier to control the blending process that way!

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L TO R: MAC ‘Well Dressed’, Bare Minerals  ‘Vivacious’, MAC ‘Plum Foolery’

I used Plum Foolery with a more concentrated blusher brush on the apples of my cheeks. I then went in with Vivacious to ‘pull’ the colours up on my cheekbones. I used MAC’s ‘Well Dressed’ with a large fluffy brush to remove any harsh edges and soften the look.

So here it is! 

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Left: Just Foundation, Right: Draping

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Left: Just Foundation, Right: Draping

So what do I think of the new ‘draping’ technique? I firstly don’t understand why make-up is  becoming so complicated with all these fancy terms…it is essentially an alternative way to apply blush. Instead of concentrating on the apples of your cheeks, you are sweeping the blusher up over your natural bone structure! To be perfectly honest, most are probably doing it already in their everyday routine and not even realising it (blending the blush upwards from their cheeks!)

It does look a little different for me, as I am not one for wearing blush usually. But I do want to try and get into blushes more, so this may be my perfect excuse! 

What do you think? Is it just another posh phrase for a traditional technique?

Thanks for reading!

LE

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6 thoughts on “Is ‘draping’ taking over ‘contouring?’

  1. i actually rather this than using a bronzer since i am already dark as it is, it always look muddy and dirty so i love draping! def have to try as soon as i go home!

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