The draping technique is one of the best alternatives to classic contouring today to model the contours of the face. We explain how to do it and what you need to know (with expert tips).
The new contouring trend 2021: The draping technique from the 70s
Just as you have finally mastered the art of contouring, a new (old) technique for contouring the face comes with draping. In the world of makeup, there are several ways to achieve the same effect, each with its own tricks and benefits.
As the Kardashian sisters showed us ad nauseam, the play of light that can be achieved with a palette of shades of brown can sculpt our face to accentuate our features and contours. This is what contouring is all about, a technique that is still going strong among professional makeup artists and make-up enthusiasts, but with the advent of other methods of achieving similar effects such as strobing, in which certain areas of the face are highlighted with light, and the aforementioned draping, in which color is used, a certain amount of competition has arisen.
We spoke to experts about make-up news, new beauty trends, and the perfect look. Luciana Llanos, responsible for trends at CyZone, who are always one step ahead when it comes to trends, told us what consumers are looking for.
One of the trends Llanos told us about is blush. With a blush, a lifting effect can be achieved on the face, which is also known as draping.
"Draping essentially consists of modeling the face with the play of light and dark colors. You put a lighter color on top of the cheekbones and a darker color on the bottom," explains Luciana Llanos from CyZone. "It's the same as contouring, but instead of going back to traditional nudes and browns, this technique uses blush for a fresher, softer, more radiant finish, as opposed to contouring, which creates a more tanned look."
Draping is about applying blush to key areas of the facial bone structure such as the face. B. the cheekbones, temples, and browbones.
Draping, which translates as "draped", refers to the classic case of a curtain, which in a sense forms a relief. This curve, like an elongated U, is what you look for when applying blush. The first thing you need to do is place two colors, one light and one darker, preferably in the same area (red, pink, coral).
Once you find your two shades of blush, choose the lighter shade and apply it to the top of your cheekbones. Start with the cheekbone (which forms when you smile) and blend it in a circular motion up towards your temples. Then the darker shade comes just below where you would normally apply the outline. Ideally, use a matte, non-glossy product so that the play of light comes into its own. This combination creates a gradient from light to dark to "accentuate, outline what you want to emphasize and what you don't," as Llanos explains. Make sure that you blend both applications very well so that you do not mark a cut too strongly and lose the desired natural effect.
The result of draping is not always the same. As with contouring, playing with light and dark allows you to shape your face in different ways and thus achieve more than one result. So you can achieve a "lifting effect" with draping, you can model it, create the illusion of volume and even give your face a harmonious balance.
The perfect blush for fair skin:
For a slightly tanned, olive-colored skin tone:
Nice to dark skin color:
Professional tool for the draping technique: