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Blush draping is the makeup trend you need to know for a lifted look

Metro logo Metro 5 days ago Tanyel Mustafa
Blush baby (Pictures: Getty / MAC / MORPHE / Florence / Rare Beauty / NARS / Pat McGrath) © Provided by Metro Blush baby (Pictures: Getty / MAC / MORPHE / Florence / Rare Beauty / NARS / Pat McGrath)

Lift those cheeks.

Blush draping isn’t a new technique – Debbie Harry was doing it decades ago – but it’s becoming a popular way of applying rouge again.

Blusher applied to the apples of the cheeks can sit low on the face when you aren’t smiling.

Draping involves placing the product higher up on the face so you’re left with a ‘lifted’ look, feigning higher cheekbones.

Makeup artist Levi-Jade Taylor says: ‘Blush draping is the technique of applying blush not only on the cheeks, but draping it across the temples and edges of the eyes for a more creative take on blush.

‘By applying blush higher up the face than the traditional application on the apples of the cheek, this helps to accentuate cheekbones.

‘Blending into the temples and the eyes lifts the features of the face and ties the colour palette of your makeup look altogether.’

Tessa Thompson with exaggerated blush draping – you can make the effect softer for everyday wear (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro Tessa Thompson with exaggerated blush draping – you can make the effect softer for everyday wear (Picture: Getty)

If you’re going for a rosy blush, apply a pink-toned eyeshadow for a cohesive look.

The best way to do it is to use a brush or fingers to press the product into the skin.

Levi-Jade says: ‘Use an angled cheek brush that is fluffy and dense, keep the brush on the skin and work in circular motions back towards the edges of the face – this will keep everything well blended and soft. 

‘Gone too heavy? Gently using your foundation brush to tap over the blush. This dials down the colour without making it patchy.’

In need of a new blush? These’ll sort you out.

Morphe Blush Balm

Top up on the go (Picture: Morphe) © Provided by Metro Top up on the go (Picture: Morphe)

Tap and blend with fingers for a warm flush.

Buy for £12 from LookFantastic

Pat McGrath Labs Divine Blush Duo

Two in one (Picture: Pat McGrath) © Provided by Metro Two in one (Picture: Pat McGrath)

Mix the colours together for full on pigment or tap lightly into one shade for a subtle effect.

Buy for £42 from Selfridges

Florence by Mills Self Reflecting Highlighter

Mesh into skin (Picture: Beauty Bay) © Provided by Metro Mesh into skin (Picture: Beauty Bay)

If this trend seems a little scary, try a pink highlighter instead. From the side as the light catches it, it’ll give a similar effect.

Buy for £12 from Beauty Bay

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

A little goes a long way (Picture: SpaceNK) © Provided by Metro A little goes a long way (Picture: SpaceNK)

There is nothing ‘soft’ about this, so use less than you think you need – apply the tiniest amount for a radiant flush that won’t emphasis skin texture.

Buy for £19 from Space NK

Nars Afterglow Cheek Palette

One for deeper skin tones (Picture: Lookfantastic) © Provided by Metro One for deeper skin tones (Picture: Lookfantastic)

Go a step further and create an ombre look by blending two tones into each other.

Buy for £46 from Cult Beauty

MAC Glow Play Blush

Not as scary as it looks, promise (Picture: MAC) © Provided by Metro Not as scary as it looks, promise (Picture: MAC)

Buy for £20.40 from LookFantastic

This putty texture means it’s easy to wear gently or build to something bolder.

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