'Draping' Is The New Contouring You'll Actually Want To Try
There has never been a woman with cheekbones quite as glorious as Cher's. In the '70s, the pop queen spent her evenings grooving under the shimmering light of countless disco balls, pausing only for the snapshots that still exist today.
While the diva's sharply-angled cheekbones were due, in part, to Cher's Cherokee heritage, they were also the product of a makeup artist named Way Bandy. Bandy, now deceased, created a blush-sculpting look known as “draping” and it's about to kick contouring to the curb.
That's thanks, in part, to Marc Jacobs Beauty, which recently dropped a line of Air Blush Soft Glow Duos that feature dark and light shades in an ultra-fine powder formula. Instead of using highlighter, blush, bronzer and 84 different makeup brushes to create your makeup look, Bandy's technique only calls for two complementary shades of rouge to "drape" the face in color.
I've never met a beauty technique I didn't want to endlessly obsess over and tell everyone about, so draping is really consuming my life at the moment. The idea is to give yourself a rosy, natural face lift by drawing attention to the high points of your face. Essentially, trick everyone into thinking you're Cher (not 2016 Cher, who mostly just tweets unintelligible word vomit).
Choose two neutral shades of blush -- I'm a huge fan of Milani Cosmetics' $8 baked blushes -- and a fluffy brush. Using an extra light touch, apply the darker shade directly under your cheekbones and blend out and upward with the paler shade. Then, bring that second color around your eyes in a C-shape. If you're feeling extra fancy, add the lighter color to the tip of your chin and down the center of your neck.
The result? A glowing, flushed face that says, “Do you believe in life after love?” The disco era is back and it's better looking than ever.