The Draping technique

Otherwise known as contouring with blush and was the technique created by the founding father of contouring, Way Bandy

The legendary celebrity makeup artist of the 70’s worked with the likes of Cher, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor amongst other high profile Hollywood celebrities and was once called one of the greatest makeup artists of our time. As well as being the highest paid makeup artist for film and commercials, Bandy also wrote books explaining his techniques to achieve heavy yet clean looking makeup (books that i really need to get my hands onšŸ˜©). I would recommend anyone who enjoys vintage makeup, a bit of history or wants to delve into old school makeup then these books are a great choice!

One of his techniques that was recently brought to the public eye by Marc Jacobs in 2016 was the Draping technique. In simple terms, its contouring using two different shades of blush, one light and one dark to create a contour. It focuses on sculpting your facial features and not your face shape, which is why people contour. Its a way to bring out the natural “drape” of the face and “draping” the angles of your face with colour. So without further ado, i shall stop obsessing about Way Bandy and show you what products i use, what sort of occasion i would wear this and how it looks on me.

The key to this look is using TWO blushers, one light and one darker. If you dont then it really will look like you’ve been slapped (not a good look, i assure you). 20170824_151213.jpg

This took me about 3 minutes, i have no other makeup on except two blushers and cream highlight. I used the Fleur power blush from Mac ( any pink blush would be fine too) as my “contour”. Sucking my cheeks and applying it in the same way as i would contour. Then i used Peaches from Mac and applied this higher and blended them two together to create a flushed, chiselled look. You can also use a cream blush and create a line with your ring finger, blend that out and use powder blush thats a shade lighter to blend the two together. A blush palette would work great too instead of using seperate compacts.

The draping technique has been a god send over the summer, i tan really quickly and i dont necessarily want to contour on top of it (because im that rare person who HATES getting a tan). I normally drape when i have that “i only have 5 minutes” to do makeup and its worked beautifully. So using blush to chisel my potatoness (a made up word) has become a much loved technique and its become my mission to get everyone else to drape! You can definitely play around with the intensity from looking fresh and summery, as if you were running across a field to looking like you’ve come out of a 70’s disco. Either way, Bandy has created a beautiful natural alternative to contouringā¤

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Love from Sahibah x