Drag Queen Beauty Tips That Will Forever Change Your Beauty Routine

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. 


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    Miss Fame, of RuPaul's Drag Race fame, has a signature move to keep her contour right: hold the head of a dense, angled brush to apply your contour shade.  She explains, "This keeps your contour soft and diffused, rather than thick, heavy, which can age a face quickly."

  • Valentina Talks True Color


    RuPaul's Drag Race alum Valentina has a genius tip for getting the perfect lip color. Before applying a vibrant lipstick, cancel out the natural tone of your lips with a nude formula and apply color on top of that. "I eliminate my lip color using an Anastasia liquid lipstick in a light beige tone and then I apply my lipstick over it," Valentina confirms.


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    Violet Chachki's trick to bigger eyes? " I just cover my entire natural lid with eyeliner, up to my crease. Then I go in under my brow bone and draw in a new crease. You have to play with shadow to create the illusion of a new eye shape." Yes, queen!

  • Lessons In The Perfect Cat Eye From Honey Mahogany


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    Honey Mahogany isn't afraid to get physical to get the perfect cat eye. She explains, "To help stabilize my hand, I rest my elbow on the table and then place my chin in my hand to draw the line. To get the point of the cat eye, I use the outer corner of my eye and the end of my eyebrow as reference points: The line between those is the angle of the wing." Slow and stable wins the (drag) race!

  • Darienne Lake Just Adds A Little Lube


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    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."