Drag queens perfectly illustrate the transformative power of makeup - and when it comes to drag queen beauty techniques, there’s so much more than meets the eye. Makeup tips from drag queens are often inventive, out-of-the-box, and actually genius.
Of course the alums of RuPaul’s Drag Race have the most fire makeup tips - they beat their faces on a nightly basis, transforming from plebeians to Queens with ease. Here are the drag queen makeup tips you need to try right now, courtesy of your favorite RDR contestants.
Drag queen Darienne Lake is resourceful with her beauty routine - in a pinch, she'll swap out her primer for lube! "I found this great makeup primer, and I read the ingredients. I realized the main ingredient is also the same main ingredient that’s in my lube! It’s the same exact stuff - dimethicone... So sometimes I’ll use just a drop of lube on my face as a primer or in my hair for silkiness. Lube as a primer makes makeup just glide over your face so smoothly." Would you try this trick?
According to Morgan McMichaels, you don't have to be so precious about keeping hairspray off your face. "People say, 'Don't ever get hairspray on your face!' but with everything else, the smoke, dirt, air, it doesn't much matter," McMichaels swears. "I use hairspray to set my makeup."
They don't call it "face paint" for nothing, right? Absolute QUEEN BenDeLaCreme takes the phrase literally: "I love to use those sponge paint brushes to apply makeup because you can get a hard line by using the edge and a soft effect by using the sides. I buy them at Lowe’s or Home Depot! I use it for foundation, for shadows, for everything," she says.
A former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant, Jocyln Fox, knows a thing or two about faking bigger breasts. Her secret? It's all about what she calls the three-minute boob job: " 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."