Is draping the new contouring?

Is draping the new contouring?

And will we replace our highlighters with face gloss? We give you three makeup trends to try now.

Put down the contour palette because it’s now all about sculpting your face with blush, aka draping. A throwback to the 1970s and 1980s, draping follows the natural bone structure and by using colour to enhance the contours, it’s a statement look anyone can wear. You can lift by placing blush along the crest of the cheekbones (as opposed to the apples), then apply at the jawline and side of the neck. To sculpt (especially good for round faces), place the blush slightly below the apples of your cheeks, and your face will suddenly appear more oval. To give the effect of a plumper face, smile and swirl the blush on the apples of the cheeks. And finally, the most dramatic look is to place the blush over the brow at the temples, bridge of the nose, tip of the chin, and along the sides of neck near the ear lobes. In all cases, remember to blend well!

Highlighters are indeed beautiful things, but sometimes you want the glow without the shimmer, right? Enter face gloss. You apply over foundation or on bare skin in the usual highlighting places – cheeks, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow – but you’ve got the added bonus of being able to apply the gloss on your eyelids. You’ll get a glow when the light hits the angles of your face, and by making sure only certain parts are shiny while the rest stay matte, your sheen should look intentional. The result? A natural, glistening effect that appears as though it’s coming from your own skin, not the enhancement of a highlighter. Since there’s no powder or sparkle, it looks less makeup-y. Just dewy and very pretty.

Purple has a bad reputation in beauty – it’s unnatural, it’s hard to pull off, it looks like a bruise, it’s plain scary! Granted, purple does look very strong and deep in a compact, but the shade is actually extremely flattering, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s part of the colour-correcting family. In other words, purple can seriously brighten your complexion. With dull and sallow skin, a swish of purple blush can turn your face into a vision of luminosity and light. As with any blush, choose a colour correct for your skin tone and either make it the star of your look (with a pinky nude lip colour) or balance a strong, bold lip, especially a darker shade, and lashings of mascara for serious glamour. 

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