Drag Queen Makeup and the art of transformation is sometimes a well kept trade secret. Some main stream makeup applications don’t apply well to drag queens. If you’ve been watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and were curious to how they do it, we’ve got you covered.
For the seasoned professional illusionist it has come as second nature, but for those who are new to doing drag, we will try to help you along.
With a series of hints and tips along with some video’s to help you get the ball rolling. We will be covering everything you could want to know about drag makeup, and for you drag kings we will be throwing in a few tips for you as well.
When necessary we will try and help you with product and other information. Remember smoke and mirrors as you do your makeup. It’s all just an illusion and it does make you feel pretty!
To complete your drag makeup look you will need the following:
1. Glue Stick or Spirit Gum
2. A day cream or moisturizer (this helps to keep your skin healthy after all that makeup)
3. Makeup Brushes for smooth and easy control.
4. Foundation, Concealer, Cosmetic powder.
5. Blush Pallet.
6. Eye Shadows (preferably in a color pallet that can be blended.)
7. Eyeliner (Pencil or Liquid)
9. Lipstick and Lipstick Gloss
11. Artificial Eyelashes
12. Glitter Optional!
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Make sure that your face is clean of oil and debris and that you have put on your day cream and or moisturizer. We’ve found that a nice foundation primer helps keep you makeup on and your skin fresh. Next we are going to show you how to conceal and cover your eyebrows. This step is a trick from the seasoned pros, and if you want a really dramatic look. Off we go…
One thing that people ask most when doing drag makeup, is how to cover your eyebrows. There are actually 3 ways to accomplish this. When doing your drag makeup look, here are the following tips on concealing those bushy eyebrows. Don’t fret you will not be shaving them off!
White Concealer Pan Stick: This method is the easiest of the 3. Using a tube of white concealer pan stick apply a thick layer on both eyebrows. Using a foundation powder, set the concealer. Apply your favorite foundation over this and you should be good to go. This method will work well on light to medium eyebrow color.
The Glue Stick Method:
Using a spool tipped brush or makeup brush, brush all your eyebrow hair in a downward motion.
Apply Glue Stick to the eyebrow making sure to evenly apply the glue. Then with your finger smooth out the glue. As the Glue begins to try apply some foundation and repeat until smooth. Tip: Using the back of a pair of tweezers also works nicely.
After your brow has completely dried, apply your foundation and pencil in your new eyebrows with your favorite eye lining pencil.
Tip on removing the glue stick: Just use a makeup wipe or a washcloth with warm to hot soapy water. Noxzema wipes are just as effective and when your done you just toss them out!
Spirit Gum Method: This method is the most time consuming and could be the messiest. Take the spirit gum and brush over both eyebrows. With the end of a makeup brush roll over so that the spirit gum gets sticky. When it gets to a sticky but almost dry stage apply the wax, rubbing and smoothing it out with your finger. Take the excess and transfer to the other eyebrow, and repeat. Once dry apply for foundation and to the next step.
After your eyebrows have been concealed, and your base foundation set, it’s time to contour. To achieve a great drag makeup look, this is a must. You must blend the foundation or risk having your makeup looking like lines on your face.
To highlight your cheeks and blend in the two foundation colors together take a small brush with a deep brown color and apply in a light diagonal direction towards your nose, just under the cheek with the lighter colored foundation. Keep working the brown color down your cheek fading it towards the jaw line. Apply this to your upper temples and on each side of your nose (the landing strip) as well, blending upwards towards the hair line.
Tip: This helps to blend in the two areas with foundation on it, It also softens the jaw line and makes your drag makeup smooth.
Next with a smaller brush take your favorite colored blush, work in circular motions to blend in the brown you just applied to the foundation. Apply this to the top of your forehead as well to round it out.
Tip: By applying the blush underneath the jaw bone, it will help to soften your drag makeup look. This is also called shadowing. When doing the shadow for your cheeks remember top of your ear, to the corner of your mouth.