In this age of contouring and highlighting to within an inch of your life to get the perfect Instagram selfie; one thing has been neglected at the bottom of the makeup drawer, blusher.
The use of blusher has changed since its origins in Ancient Egyptian times when people would use rouge to add a pop of colour to the lips and cheeks. Since then, using rogue has been a sign of affluence, wealth. It has also been vilified throughout the centuries as a sign of prostitution and promiscuity. The history of blusher is perfectly described in this article from lifestyle.
1980’s Revival of blusher
As some of you might know, I love the 1980s; the fashion, the colours, the eccentricity and I also loved the blusher stripe that the 1980s was famous for, the creating chiselled cheekbones that rivalled the chiselled shoulder pads of the time.
I used to remember watching pop stars like Cyndi Lauper rocking the famous ‘blusher stripe’ and thinking how cool their makeup was. I was a very big fan of Boy George and culture club and was regularly heard singing ‘Karma Chameleon’ into my hairbrush and wishing I could plaster my face in all sorts of pretty colours. I once even painted my fingers and toenails with felt tip pens in lots of different colours, maybe that is where my love of makeup began.
Healthy glow of the 90’s
Do you remember those big, fluffy makeup brushes that would literally cover the majority of your face? Well, I had something very similar in the 90’s and that was often used to swipe blusher near enough everywhere, for that healthy, flushed look that was on trend at the time. I saw makeup guides saying that putting blusher around most of your face would give you a ‘healthy glow’, making you look like a blushing rose. This was until bronzer came onto the market and starting luring people away with the promise of perfect bronze skin. Subsequently, in the late 90’s, my blusher was then thrown dismissively to the bottom of my makeup bag.
Blusher is making a comeback.
Isn’t draping for curtains?
As contouring like a Kardashian has become old news; a technique using blusher has started to trend throughout the makeup world, draping. Draping is the use of blusher to create dimension and shading on your face like contouring does. The promise with draping is that it gives a more natural illusion of dimension than contouring.
Draping is a technique created in the 1960’s by makeup artist Way Bandy, who worked with icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett and an idol I recreated for my ‘Monthly Movie Makeup Monday’ Barbara Streisand. He defined the idea of creating a ‘colour glow’ which would influence makeup artists and brands alike well into the 1980’s and beyond.
Draping has been creeping back into fashion for quite a few months now, I remember seeing a video on it by Wayne Goss a while back and thinking of how my prays had been answered, I can resurrect my love of blusher and not feel like I’m trapped in an episode of ‘Dynasty’. It has been Marc Jacobs that has brought the wonders of draping back to the forefront of the makeup world, funnily enough, to coincide with the release of his autumn winter collection which has a two complimentary coloured shade blusher so that you can practice draping for yourself.
If you haven’t got the funds to shell out on the Marc Jacobs blushers, or refuse to on principle, then fear not, draping can be achieved very simply by using two different, but complimentary shades. The first shade should be a lighter, more overall blusher shade that you can use to blend in with the darker shade to create a natural look. The second blush shade should be slightly deeper so you can create the idea of depth where the natural shadows are on your face.
Whether draping will replace contouring is something that only time will tell, I have actually seen a few people taking the concept of draping ‘too far’ to try to make the trend look slightly ridiculous, I feel like some people are not really giving it a fair trial, as they have been so used to the typical ‘Instagram chiselled contoured look’. I have never really been that huge into contouring and being a very fair, cool toned girl, I have found that blusher has been best suited to my skin tone.
I think I will be trying to use my blushers more over the autumn months to create a healthier, blushing, look rather than contouring like a Kardashian. What do you think of contouring versus draping; what will you be turning to in the lead up the winter months?
Ciao for now my beauties xx