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5 Makeup Tips We Learned From Drag Queens

Lessons from the royalties of glam.
5 Makeup Tips We Learned From Drag Queens
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Lessons from the royalties of glam.

You may or may not know this, but most of the beauty trends that have been taking over the Internet originated from none other than the drag queens. And if you don't know what drag queens are, they're male stage performers who either dress up as female pop culture icons or style themselves as out-of-this-world fabulous women. They're best known for their exaggerated representations of femininity through stellar makeup and hair techniques that are almost five times as intense compared to how a normal girl's would be.

But despite the intensity of their makeup, there's not a doubt that we can still learn a thing or two from their glam routine to improve our own. Here are five of our favorites:

1. Set your makeup well to make it last.

Drag queens perform under hot lights all the time, so they need to make sure that their makeup won't move while they perform. Their secret? Baking their foundation. The baking technique is basically setting your makeup with a ton of powder, letting it "bake" on the face for a few minutes, then swiping the powder off with a brush. It leaves an airbrushed effect, highlights your face, and sets your makeup better than any setting spray can!


2. A full coverage foundation routine will look better when done in layers.

Drag makeup isn't famous for their skinlike foundation routines, and that much you probably know, but they are experts at full coverage foundation that is perfect and poreless. And this they achieve by slowly layering foundations with high coverage on top of each other until they reach their desired lok. This way, blending can be less of a tedious task. Watch PatrickStarrr's version of this technique in the video below.

3. Highlight with a lighter concealer.

The famous Kim Kardashian contouring and highlighting routine was actually borrowed from classic drag makeup techniques, but we don't blame her makeup artist since it really brightens up the face. To do this, you need a concealer that's a shade or two lighter than your foundation and use it to highlight just like this:

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Focus the product on the center of your face–under your eyes, between your brows, on the nose bridge, and the center of your chin. You can use as much or as little product as you want when you try it yourself, but as crazy as it may look at first, it'll look perfect after you blend it well with a damp sponge or a brush.

4. Cream contouring defines your bone structure more than powder bronzing.

Although we're still pro-shading and bronzing for a natural look, cream contouring is also a fun way to define your cheekbones when you have a little more time to do your makeup. It can also be more precise and glam than if you were to just sweep under the hollows of your face with a powder!

For beginners, start with contour sticks for more precise lines, then use a damp sponge to blend until the line looks natural. Make sure to dab the sponge instead of swiping to keep the contour clean or use your used foundation brush to make it more natural.



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5. Cut creases can make your eyes look bigger.

Yes ladies, cut creases aren't only for making the queens look more glam, they actually do them to make their eyes look larger than life. And if you're up for some extra drama on the eyes, too, you can definitely tone this look down to make it suit your eye shape!


If you're on the fence still, maybe binge-watching a few episodes of RuPaul's Drag Race can change your mind. It surely changed ours!

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