I Tried Lisa Eldridge's "Draping" Tutorial, And I Can't Believe How Much I Love It

For someone who never wears blush, I was very into this blush-heavy look.
Publish date:
August 16, 2016
tutorials, Tarte, techniques, japonesque, highlighter, blush, sigma, Lisa Eldridge, Draping

First, a necessary disclaimer: I am not Lisa Eldridge. It's probably a bad idea to copy something that Lisa Eldridge did and then put it online because it will never stack up. (For one thing, her lighting situation is much better than mine.)

That said, when I saw a recent tutorial that Lisa did, I felt inspired to try it out myself. Even if it's not quite as good as the original version, hopefully it will prove that this tutorial is doable even for normal people — and that's one of my favorite things about Lisa Eldridge.

Here's the original tutorial:

Oh, first: how great is her lipstick in the beginning? I was so happy to find that it's Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Big Bang, which I just recently acquired.

But today I'm focusing on recreating the sculpted blush and clumpy lashes that she did on the model. Here's how it went:

First, I needed to even out my skin since it's already naturally flushed (as seen above). I used Japonesque Luminous Foundation in shade 02, along with a bit of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. I finished it off with a dusting of IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder.

Once I finished my base, it was time for the fun part: the blush.

Lisa used three different blushes to create a graduated wash of color, so I chose a couple different shades of blush as well.

I started with a lighter-colored option, Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 03, and concentrated it on my eyes — all over the lid and brow bone — and upper cheekbones, sweeping it in a C-shape with a fluffy brush. This gave a light wash of color.

Then I took a more vibrant blush, Sigma Aura Powder Blush in Sigma Pink, and concentrated that just under my cheekbones with a more densely-packed brush for a more pigmented effect.

I also added some shimmer: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop on my cheekbones and the highlighter from my Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette along my eyelids, in my eyes' inner corners, and above my cupid's bow.

Next up: the mascara. This is the second most important part of the look. Lisa suggests using a lash primer, but I didn't have one on hand, so I had to skip that step.

I simply curled my lashes with Tweezerman ProMaster Lash Curler (the best curler for getting every single lash) and then used CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara on both top and bottom lashes. I suggest going really heavy on the roots (so it's almost like wearing eyeliner) and then holding the mascara wand vertically to get a really clumpy effect.

Finally, I curled my lashes again, which made them clump up more in addition to adding some more curl.

(Side note: I have to admit that Maybelline Spider Lash Mascara would have been perfect for this, but I got rid of mine because I couldn't imagine ever wanting to use it. Whoops. That's on me.)

The last few steps were just finishing touches to the look. I applied a matte pale pink lipstick, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Noble, and added clear gloss on top of it (any clear gloss or balm will do).

I also went back and added MORE blush and MORE shimmer because why not? If it gets a little out of control, you can diffuse it with powder, as Lisa did, or with concealer (which I ended up doing a bit below my cheeks when the blush threatened to overtake my entire face).

Here's the finished look:

And from this angle you can really appreciate the amount of pigment and highlighting going on here:

Wowza, right? It's definitely A Look. My sister saw me and said, "You look like a doll." Compliment accepted!

Luckily, it's also a look that can be easily toned down. I simply blended some concealer along my temples and cheeks to lighten up the blush, and left everything else. It was still a lot more makeup than I normally wear, but it looked very soft and pretty.

As Lisa said, you can just choose certain elements that you like instead of doing the whole editorial look. There's so many parts of this look that I've never done before but am now going to be redoing in the future: the pale pink glossy lip, the highlighter in the inner corners of the eyes, the pink eye makeup, and — most surprisingly — the clumpy mascara. I just really liked how that looked, and I also liked how this heavy-handed technique made my lashes actually stay up all night instead of eventually drooping.

I probably won't be doing the draping technique with my blush quite to this degree, since it's a lot of work and a lot of look, but this did convince me to wear blush more often. Compared to how washed-out I look with just foundation, blush really does add some much-needed color to my face.

Once again, I owe a debt of gratitude to Lisa Eldridge for taking my makeup game to the next level.

  • Would you try this look?
  • Have you ever tried to recreate a YouTube makeup tutorial on yourself?