What is Draping? – with Marc Jacob Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Just when you thought you got the hang of Contouring, highlighting and strobing, a new technique to chisel cheekbones has come along.


But is it really new?

Way Bandy, the highest paid, most famous make up artist of all time, perfected the technique of bringing out the natural “drape” of the face. He based his technique on specific unique features of the face, rather than  face shapes. And he has worked on  many of famous faces, like Diana Ross, Farah Fawcett, Donna Summer, Cher and many more icons of the 70s and 80s.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

So how does it work?

It is basically contouring and shaping with one, or 2 blush colours, using the darkest or deepest colour to chisel the cheekbone and blending it out to the lightest shade to act as a highlighter.

Marc Jacobs was inspired by his friend Way Bandy to create a blush that is perfect for draping: the Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo*.

This is what it says on their website:

The unique striped pattern is inspired by a Marc Jacobs dress. And, an innovative process allows every shade band to extend beyond the surface, for even color with every brushstroke. Two glowing shades complement each other—the lighter shade highlights and the deeper shade contours. Customize your color by layering and blending as much as you desire to tailor your look for the occasion or the season. Air Blush delivers 24-hour wear, for glowing radiance all day—or all night—long.

I was lucky enough to receive the colour Kinks and Kisses at a recent event showcasing all the new releases for July-December 2016.


Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo



The compact is stunning. It is modelled after a vintage cigarette case.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo


The soft stripes in complementing colours are lovely.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo


It is super pigmented and you only need a little bit on a brush. The powder is so so fine, and it is extremely easy to blend.  Marc Jacobs Air Blush is created using a process called soufflage (French for “air-whipped”) for a silky-soft, cream-like texture that blends effortlessly with the complexion. This is a high end product with the quality to show for it. I am in love.

Here is a little video I put together, to show you a very basic draping technique. I use an Hourglass brush here, but Marc Jacobs does a lovely angled brush that is perfect for applying the blush.  Please note, that I mention that this technique goes back to the 80’s but it really goes back to the 70s.

Enjoy. See you at the disco!


*this product was provided as a PR Gift, but the review is 100% mine and honest. Please note I am not a make up artist, just an enthusiast, and my results may not be the same as someone else’s.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is available from . At time of publishing, this product was not available online yet, but will be soon!

I will be joining up with the other beauty crew on Monday over at Fabulous and Fun Life’s Make up Madness.


Til next time,


About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

15 thoughts on “What is Draping? – with Marc Jacob Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

  1. There you go. I would have said something to do with curtains…but that’s why I’m not a make up blogger 😉

  2. I loved this post so much! I have never heard of draping before but as soon as I watched your video and saw the shots of Cher and Farrah it made so much sense! I attended the Sephora Showcase too and the Marc Jacobs blushes looked absolutely stunning, but seeing the look and finish on you has just got me over the line and I definitely think I need to purchase one 🙂 Thanks for a great review x

    1. Thank you so much Marisa! Sometimes it is just something we used to do with a different name, but how stunning is the whole Marc Jacobs collection?? thanks for commenting x

  3. It is such a pretty blush but I think draping is going to look like my normal blush approach lol

  4. Very quick, easy and helpful video! Nice one Barbe! I too have this blush and it is so darn perfect for this draping technique. Love that you talked about how this technique is not new, I didn’t know that :). I might do a little video on Draping myself.

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