12 Beauty Tips From Drag Queens That Are Useful AF
Beat that face gurl...
Drag queens are the oracle of all things beauty. To make a dude look like a lady? Total artistry. We bow down.
So check out these tips that will make you look like a tucked and snatched goddess that's ready to read the world...
1. Use your own spit…like Adore Delano
"I use my spit! I use spit in black eye shadow, and I do my eyebrows with it. I like those ‘80s black eyebrows. I use my spit with any type of eye shadow, because I feel like it just sticks on better than water."
2. Contour your boobs…like Joslyn Fox
"I can give you a three-minute boob job using contouring and highlighting on your chest. The same way you contour your cheeks and eyes, those same rules apply for your chest. So you put on your best push-up bra, you take some bronzer, and you follow the McDonald’s arches on your chest with a big M shape. Then you highlight the front of your boobs and highlight in the middle of your cleavage and above the bronzer. The more shimmer the better for your chest bronzer and highlighter. That’s not so true for your face, but it works great for your boobs."
3. Go high-street…like Bianca Del Rio
"I use L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara to open up my eyes, because I like drugstore stuff. It’s kind of like having a friend that you sleep with: You can get it when you need it, and it’s always open!"
4. Glue onto the actual lash…like April Carrion
"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."
5. Valencia it up…like Kelly Mantle
"My best piece of beauty advice is to put your cellphones in your purse so you don’t spill your drinks on them, and then when you pull them out of your purse, use a filter. Hashtag Valencia! On Instagram, yes ma’am! It’ll always make you look tan."
6. Match your foundation to your shoulder…like Miss Fame
“Match your foundation to your chest or shoulder instead of face and neck because they are normally lighter than the rest of your body.”
7. Equal foundation to powder ratio…like Sharon Needles
“Kryolan TV Paint Stick lasts all night long. It’s one part makeup, one part concrete. You can literally pass out drunk in your face, wake up, and do a show. And the thing about extreme makeup is once applied, it must be preserved with an equal amount of powder.”
8. Devote time to your lashes…like Willam
"I start with one strip of wispy lashes that I've trimmed. I [blow] a little hot air on them to let the glue dry and warm up the lashes so they'll curl better before I apply them. Once they've set, curl, and apply mascara. Take a second pair of lashes and trim the inner third of them off so that the remaining piece fits from the inside edge of my iris to the outer corner of my eye. Hit it with some mascara and curl them again once they've set. Take the remaining section of the second set of lashes and apply it to the outer corner of your eye. Then I like to use a whole other pair trimmed to fit from the pupil to the outer corner—something spiky that gives length and drama. If that sounds like a lot of work to you, you're right! But it's worth it. Trust."
9. Use a man’s tools…like Pandora Boxx
“Girls, if you want to have a pink razor, that’s fine. But to get the hair removed, you need a man’s razor. I use the Gillette Mach 3.”
10. Use liquid detergent…like Latrice Royale
“At the end of each show, I put some Dawn liquid detergent on my hands and wash all the makeup away. Why Dawn? Because it cuts the grease.”
11. Grab egg whites and olive oil…like Tammie Brown
“Here are two beauty tricks I've picked up. If you dab on egg whites over your wrinkles, let dry, then cover that with foundation, it will help erase your wrinkles. But watch out for salmonella! To take that off and your makeup, use all-natural olive oil.”
12. Bake your face…like Kim Chi
“Baking is one of my secrets to successful makeup. The longer the powder sits on your skin the better the makeup will absorb the powder and it will give you more depth and the makeup will stay on longer.”
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