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9 tricks for flawless makeup from your favourite drag queens

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THE WORLD OF makeup has taken on a life of its own.

The internet and our increased obsession with aesthetics has meant we’re buying and wearing more makeup than ever.

That, and the growing popularity of drag culture among all circles – thanks largely to pop culture behemoth RuPaul’s Drag Race.

When you spend a large amount of time transforming your face into, well, someone else’s, you tend to get pretty good at it. And undoubtedly, you pick up some tips and tricks along the way.

Here are secrets to achieving your best beat.

1. For bigger lips

New York drag superstar Muffy recommends using a super bright powder highlighter to give the appearance of a fuller pout.

“Apply to the center of your lips to make them appear poutier and plumped,” she says. “This is a Muffy secret and staple to my makeup routine.”

2. Ace of base

Cream over powder? “Never!” I hear you cry.

Ruby Fox, however, politely disagrees. Apparently, application translucent powder under your cream foundation is the secret to a long lasting mug.

3. Setting your brows

It’s well known that a large majority of drag queens favour a ol’ Pritt Stik for setting their brows – for the purpose of drawing on new ones.

But you can also use glue stick to set what you’ve already got – and it doesn’t have to be extreme.

Use upward motions to feather on a thin layer of glue onto your brow, then use a spooly to brush the product out and shape the brow to the desired shape.

4. Cooking and baking

No, this article didn’t just take an unexpected turn into the culinary arts.

‘Cooking’ refers to the practice of leaving your liquid or cream foundation ‘cook’ on your face, by allowing it to sit on your face for a time before blending. It makes application a dream.

‘Baking’ involves applying translucent powder with a sponge. to the areas of the face that you want to set. Typically, this will be your under-eye area, but this can also extend to your chin, your forehead, the bridge of your nose and underneath your contour.

Leave the powder for five to 10 minutes, before dusting off. Et voila! Creaseless coverage.

5. Don’t apply stick products directly on to the skin

Beauty Blenders (or Penney’s next best) are recommended when it comes to base application.

That way you can avoid using more of the product than you actually need. Save your dollars!

6. Use a lighter colour foundation in the middle of your face

Ok, so I don’t mean just whack on Porcelain on your nose while your temples are very much sporting a shade of Deserts Sand.

Miss Fame suggests using a stick foundation that matches your exact skin color on the perimeter of your face: your jawline, cheeks, outer edges of your forehead, and along the sides of your neck.

Next, apply a lighter foundation stick on the interior of your face: under your eyes, on the middle of your forehead, on the center of your chin, down your nose, around your nostrils, and on the inner part of your neck.

This will add dimension to your face and slim down your overall face shape.


7. Elongating your eyes

Extend your eyeliner beyond your tearduct to add more femininity to the eye, according to Miss Fame.

8. Lining your lips

This is going to be subject to personal taste, obvs.

But if you’re a big fan of the overdrawn look, drag queens have a way to do it so that it looks slightly more believable.

Draw two triangles over the peaks of your upper lip, and then round them out perfectly with a flat-tip brush to reveal your new lip shape.

9. Bat for lashes


Different queens offer different pearls of wisdom in this area.

April Carrion recommends glueing your falsies into your actual eyelashes.

I glue my fake lashes directly onto my real lashes instead of along the lash line above to give me a more open eye. I sandwich the two together and tilt the fake lashes up really high, which makes me look like I have bigger eyes.”

Whereas Miss Fame only applies glue to the centre of the band of her fake lashes, leaving the ends to flutter free. This will make them look more elevated.


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