What is draping and how to pull it off like a pro

06 November 2019 | Leigh van den Berg

Move over, strobing and contouring! Draping is the latest cheekbone sculpting trend to hit the beauty scene and we’re obsessed.


You know all about strobing and are possibly bored with contouring but have you heard of draping? The next big trend in bone structure-enhancing beauty, draping involves using blush, usually more than one shade, to define the angles of your face. 

A retro glow  

According to makeup artist Tamryn Jefferies, draping might be having a bit of a moment, but it’s nothing new. “This was a popular way to sculpt your features back in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” she explains. “Think of stars like Farrah Fawcett and Cher. They had incredible bone structure but would use lots of blush, not a dark contouring powder, to really make their cheekbones pop.”

Start simple

The easiest way to get your drape on is to pick a blush that flatters your skin tone and then choose another that’s no more than two shades darker or two shades lighter. “To start, look in the mirror and give yourself a big smile. The roundest parts of your cheeks should pop up and those are the ‘apples’,” says Tamryn. “Use a fluffy blush brush to apply the darker shade just below the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards. Next, apply the lighter shade just above the darker one and blend the two together, again moving upwards and outwards.” 

Make a statement 

If you love the look but want to get bolder, take a little inspiration from the over-the-top draping looks we keep spotting on catwalks. “Once you’ve draped your cheeks, mix your two blushes together and use it to highlight your temples, the same way you would with bronzer, creating a C-shape,” says Tamryn. “Use a light hand. You want to look slightly flushed, not hot and bothered.” You can then up your statement blush game even further by dusting a little highlighter across the top of your cheekbones.


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