Here’s a trend that’s straight off the catwalk - eyeshadow draping. But while it’s a fabulous look for fashion magazines and Instagram, could you pull it off as part of your ‘normal’ makeup routine? We’ll show you how to take the draped eyeshadow technique and tone it down a little. Think glamorous but not over the top, and perfectly suitable for a night out on the town.
What is eyeshadow draping?
Draped eyeshadow is a technique that extends bright colour from the eyelids to the temples and cheeks. The high fashion look is dramatic, fantastical and eerily magical. For everyday wear though, this eyeshadow trend is a little too much.
We have some tips to help you make draped eyeshadow more wearable. Although you can use any colour you like, hues such as warm gold, pink or lilac are best for a natural look.
1. Start with clean brushes
Draped eyeshadow requires soft and seamless blending, and dirty brushes can really spoil the look. Make sure your brushes are squeaky clean.
2. Blend, blend, blend!
Load a medium-sized eyeshadow brush with colour and apply it to your eyelid. Without adding more colour, use the same brush to pull the shade from the outer corner of your eye, onto your temple, and round onto your cheekbones. The more you extend the colour, the more dramatic the effect will be. Use a larger brush to blend it to a soft gradient that just grazes your cheekbones.
3. Use highly pigmented shadow
By pigmented, we don’t necessarily mean vivid, although if out-of-this-world colour is your thing, then go for it! What you do need, however, is eyeshadow with a strong, solid colour that maintains its hue when applied to your skin. Nyx Professional Makeup Love You So Mochi Eyeshadow Palette has the perfect saturation and pigmentation and comes in 2 colour combinations: Electric Pastels (bright and bold) and Sleek and Chic (peachy neutrals).
4. Choose lighter shades for a subtle effect
If you’re afraid that wearing draped eyeshadow will make you look like you’re ready for the circus, use light shades of eyeshadow for a subtle effect. We really love Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (rosy tones) and Maybelline The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (warm metallics). These palettes will give you a flush of colour for a softer, more natural interpretation of the draping trend.