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Apple cheeks: this is how blush contouring works
Apple cheeks: this is how blush contouring works

Contouring envelops the face in light and shadow. Natural skin tones are used for this. So how should contouring go with colorful blush?


No wonder this trend comes from the 1980s! "Draping", that is, emphasizing the contours of the face with a colorful blush, is somehow eccentric and quite over the top - you might think. But in reality, the right color can work wonders.

A soft pink, peach or mauve shade that goes into the nude makes the face look very healthy, lively and, above all, naturally glowy. Another advantage over typical contouring is that you work with a single color and don't have to have a whole arsenal of light and dark skin tones at home.

This is how draping works:


First the right color has to be found. Old pink is particularly good for pale skin with cool undertones. A medium complexion with a warm undertone can also go for peach tones. And dark skin looks particularly glowy with berry tones.


Where should i drape? On the outer edge of the face! Starting from the temple, along the cheek almost to the jawbone. In addition, accentuate the cheeks with blush, as you would normally do. Areas that are also emphasized in normal contouring (e.g. the nose) are more likely to be left out in draping.


If you are a little more practiced, you can use two colors, for example soft mauve for the outer edge of the face and a bright color for the cheeks. Or you dare to try a cream blush, which is a bit more pigmented.


Apply the blush to oily skin, then the pigments cling to the particularly oily areas. First of all, dab the face with powder, then the color can be better blended.

Use a color that is too bright. You want to look glowy and slightly blushed, but not like a clown before the performance.

Less is (in the beginning) more. In the light of your bathroom your draping doesn't look like anything - you think so! And that's why you apply a second layer. Then in the subway you catch a glimpse of your reflection and Boom! caught too much paint. Especially at the beginning it is worthwhile to approach the matter gently and to consider your own make-up arts in natural light.

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