This Blush Trend From The '80s Is Making A Comeback For 2022

It's pretty much a guarantee that all good trends come back into fashion again. From flared jeans and bucket hats, to neon makeup and monochromatic dressing, even some of the boldest fads are en vogue again. But sometimes, they come back full force with a brand new name that you might not even recognize. Whether you know it as draped blush, blush contour, or just plain laying it on heavy, '80s-style blush is back, according to Elle, and it might just be better than ever.

For those of you unfamiliar with the trend, '80s blush is heavy-handed. Instead of doing a little dab of blush on the apples of the cheek, the trend is all about carrying the blush from the cheeks to the temples. Heck, sometimes people even carry it into the eyeshadow. Basically, when it comes to this trend, the "less is more" mantra goes out the window and it's all about laying it on thick. Think: Rihanna's gorgeous heavy-handed blush on the Met Gala red carpet in 2017. Here's everything you need to know about the trend, from the application process to the stunning shades of blush. 

Draped blush is making a serious comeback

Grab your makeup brush, because this is one look that you're not going to want to wait to try out. Draped blush, or as TikTok calls it, blush contouring, is exactly what it sounds like. Per The Zoe Report, you drag the blush all around the cheek bones and drape it around your temple, just like you'd do with your contour. While it might seem intimidating, it's actually pretty easy to achieve. TikTok creator Alena Victoria puts it simply when she explains how to recreate the popular '80s trend, via TikTok. "Just like normal contouring, your placement depends on your face shape," she explains in the video. "Start off packing it on the temple and work your way up into a 'C' shape." 

Even professional makeup artists are loving the trend. "Draped blush brings me back to the '80s — it's all about applying blush all the way up to the temples," makeup artist Allan Avendaño tells Elle. "Blush really brings the face to life and draping that color through your temples, cheekbones, and apples of your cheeks lifts and frames the face. Whether it's a liquid or cream blush, start off light and build — and make sure to blend and blend!"

Nail the trend with the perfect '80s blush shades

If you really want to nail the trend, you're going to want to find the perfect shade to accompany your new colorful contour routine. Blush back in the '80s was bright. It didn't matter what your skin tone was — you packed on the color when it came to your cheeks. So in true comeback fashion, that's the best way to nail the trend today as well. No one rocked this look better than Rihanna at the 2017 Met Gala, according to Nylon. Her gorgeous blush could practically be seen from every angle and the full effect was absolutely stunning. 

Therefore, it only makes sense that Rihanna's Fenty Beauty blushes are optimal when it comes to peak '80s-style beauty. If you're looking to go full '80s but make it wearable, Fenty Beauty's Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Bikini Martini and Drama Cla$$ are the shades for you. This is your sign to fully embrace the comeback trends that are making their way back into fashion. We have the feeling that '80s-style blush isn't going anywhere fast, so you might as well perfect the look while you have the chance.