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Know-It-All About The Drag Queen Makeup!

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Know-It-All About The Drag Queen Makeup!

What’s All This Talking About The Drag Queen Makeup? 

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Photo Courtesy: RuPaul Charles Instagram

Those of you who are completely aloof from this beauty industry trend, I Knock Fashion has got your back. Today in this beauty tips blog, we are going to brief you about the most talked-about beauty industry trend 2020, we’ll also be filling your pockets with some of the best beauty tips to look forward to while going to rock the next party. Drag queen makeup is no less than a work of art, it is a complex art, and acing it is no small feat! Drag queen makeup is not just your ordinary makeup look, with it you need to go much wilder and more creative than your everyday makeup look. It takes some guts, innovation, creative skills, and most importantly, the ability to go a little wacko with your look! In the past decade, RuPaul's Drag Race has featured not only queens who portray accurate femme-presenting illusions but also queens who turn themselves into larger-than-life creatures. Choosing to do your drag makeup is a risk, but it's not impossible, I Knock Fashion knows that there's always time to be a queen in this particular makeup. So without further ado, let's dive into the blog as this is your complete guide to beginners' drag makeup! 

“The most misunderstood and underrated art-form is probably drag.” 

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“The most misunderstood and underrated art-form is probably drag.”

Drag makeup is an art-form that's sometimes compared to clowning, by performance experts, but for the one who understands art, it's so much more. Drag queens mostly dress up and perform a show in exaggerated costumes and makeup just like clowns. There are no rules in drag, there's a misconception, or let's say a myth that drag is only performed by men, which is absolutely untrue. Drag is an art-form of the beauty industry that attracts men and women both who feel marginalized and misunderstood by society. Social media has played a larger than life role in keeping alive this art-form of the beauty industry, through social media people are adorning drag now more than ever. Drag performers create a show which includes costume making, makeup talent, and performing arts skills.

What Exactly Is A Drag Queen? 

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What exactly is a Drag Queen

Drag queens are performers who dress up and perform in an exaggeratedly female persona. Although appearing like a female, most of these performers don't want to actually be female, they don't even aim to fool you into thinking they're biologically female. As drag queens, they just find an opportunity to perform their act, show their skills, and be their true selves. Undoubtedly the most celebrated drag queen is RuPaul. 

Rupaul’s Drag Race! 

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RuPaul’s Drag Race!

In 2009, RuPaul's Drag Race started off on a small cable network 'Logo' and today it has grown into one of the biggest beauty industry shows, and a cultural phenomenon. It's 11 seasons old, but the drag race has not begun to slow in popularity. It is now telecasted on VH1 and has gained millions of fans all over the world. This year Drag Race is retaining its fans and drawing new ones in droves. Fans are no more restricted from the queer demographic either, Straight, gay, man or woman everyone kind of enjoys drag race, the show is setting some major beauty industry trends 2020. The show spreads positivity and is all about goodness and social issues, the competitors truly come in every size, shape, and form.

5 Best Drag Makeup Queens! 

Over the past decade, RuPaul's Drag Race has featured an incredible array of talented makeup artists. If you look forward to taking some amazing beauty tips, here are 5 of the best makeup queens you can look forward to.

1. Raven 

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Raven appeared on season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and she virtually inspired every drag queen on the planet to do better nose contouring. The drag queen Raven is still responsible for RuPaul’s makeup and is the queen with the best beauty tricks and the most consistent body of work in the entire franchise and beauty industry

2. Kim Chi 

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Kim Chi

Season 8 was a lot more than just pretty girls, it was a season of interesting characters. The shy Korean-American queen Kim Chi who was a terrible dancer but a fantastic makeup artist came along. Kim Chi had the most creative beauty tricks and out-of-the-box makeup looks on the show. Kim Chi is often celebrated as a walking work of art, with beauty tips and makeup looks that truly belong in a museum. To brief the people with amazing beauty tips, Kim Chi recently launched her own makeup line, "KimChi Chic Beauty.”

3. Trixie Mattel

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Trixie Mattel

In season 7 of Drag Race came Trixie Mattel, with an outrageous makeup style. She was one of the leading contestants who was actually trying something different. Trixie Mattel in the past years has gained many followers and has been praised for having an iconic and instantly-recognizable makeup style. She's one of the most successful alumni contestants of Drag Race, headlining several solo tours around the world; giving people her beauty tricks and even launching her very own makeup line, Trixie Cosmetics.

4. Raja 

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Raja showed up in season 3 and from the very first episode, the audience and the competitors both knew that there was something extremely rare, unusual, and unique about Raja. The queen was mostly celebrated for her fashion sense and creativity during Drag Race. Raja worked for years as a makeup artist in Los Angeles and toured around the world. After the show, Raja kept delivering iconic looks, working hard as a makeup professional in the beauty industry

5. Nina Bo’nina Brown 

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Nina Bo’nina Brown

During season 9, Nina showed the world that she was an incredible illusionist who could pull off not only femme-presenting looks but also create a resemblance to animals, fruits, and everything one could probably think of. She's an extremely talented makeup artist who could do things that most other drag performers couldn't pull off.

“Drag Queen Makeup”

Drag Queen Makeup
“Drag Queen Makeup”

Before you start in the process of turning to be the ultimate dramatic drag queen self, you'll need to check up on these makeup products-

  • Glue stick for your eyebrows
  • Fixing Powder 
  • Face primer
  • Liquid foundation
  • Make-Up Sponge
  • Brushes (Foundation Brush, Contour Brush, Fan Brush, Powder Brush, and some eyeshadow blending brushes)
  • Liquid highlighter
  • Concealer
  • Liquid contour 
  • Eyeshadow the color of your eyebrows 
  • Eyeshadow primer
  • Eyeshadows of your choice
  • Liquid eyeliner in black or brown
  • Mascara
  • False lashes and glue
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Powdered highlighter
  • A powerful setting spray
  • Lipliner (one that matches the lipstick shade you're choosing to use) 
  • Lipstick
  • An apt outfit fit for a queen!
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Drag Queen

Prep Your Skin  Like always, before applying makeup prep your skin, remove any excess facial hair, shave or wax so you have a smooth base on which you can apply makeup. It includes removing your extra brow hair too. Drag makeup is a complex heavy art form, apply a good amount of moisturizer as your base layer so your skin will be more protected against clogged pores and breakouts. 

Brow-time!  Using a glue stick, cover up your eyebrows and it will further give you a blank slate for drawing on your brows. Some even shave off their brows, but gluing them down will achieve a similar effect and there’s nothing to worry as it washes off along with your makeup. Apply fixing powder to set both brows and the glue in place.

Apply Foundation  Before applying foundation do remember to apply primer on your forehead, neck, and all over your face, try leaving your eyebrow area. Primer is the key for long-lasting makeup, it not only keeps your face smooth for foundation applications but also prolong your makeup's wear time.  Use a sponge to apply a thick layer of your perfect match of foundation, try putting some of it on the neck and collarbone as well.

”The Best Part Is Here- Highlight” Add dimension to your face, for drag makeup it's best to use a liquid. Highlight in the same way you'd use concealer with your normal makeup. Apply liquid highlighter under your eyes to cover dark circles. Use a makeup brush or sponge for applying this. Remember the more you highlight your forehead, the bigger your forehead will look. If you have discoloration cover it using a concealer shade that matches your skin tone.

Chisel Out Your Face  Suck in your cheeks like a fish, so you can get a clear view of your cheekbones. Apply contour using a brush in downward angles where your cheekbones are. Apply contour on the other places of your face where you naturally have shadows. Carve out your jawline and add contour right under your chin to create the illusion of a slimmer neck. You can also put some under your lip to make your lips look fuller and poutier. Lastly, contour the sides of your nose lightly using a thin brush.

Eye makeup & Brows! Dip a thin brush into a color of eyeshadow that's close to your brow color, draw on two lines for each brow: one to outline the upper portion of your brow and another to outline the bottom of your brow. Start filling in these two lines with individual hair of your brows. When done, carve out your brows by applying concealer under and above them. Blend it in. It will further emphasize your brows even more. As Drag eye makeup is traditionally dramatic, start by applying an eyeshadow primer down on both your lids. Add a good amount of the fixing powder under your eyes to serve aa a shield. This will catch any falling eyeshadow, so in the end, you can simply sweep it away. Start by applying a color just a little darker than your natural skin color. Your darkest eye shadows should go to the outer corner and the lightest to the inner portion. The classic drag makeup includes a dramatic wing that's extra thick, black is no doubt the best, but you can use brown as well if you want a subtler color. In the end either put some mascara or falsies to make your lashes look outstanding.

*Blush Blush* Blush is important when it comes to lights and cameras, it makes you noticeable on stage under the lights. Apply it on the apples of your cheeks also bronze up the face.  Applying an apt amount of bronzer and blush makes even the palest queens look a little more alive. When done applying all, put an extra layer of Fixing Powder to complete the look on your face and fight with that oily day ahead of you. 

Let Your Lipshade Do The Talking!  Clean off your lips and behind to outline them. Queens mostly enjoy over lining especially in the cupid's bow area to create larger looking lips, you can try it too. Apply your matched lip color over the lip liner and you can always add a layer of gloss at the end to glow up just like a drag queen.

Setting Spray  Do not forget to set the entire look using a setting spray, this step is major as it will keep your look fresh all day and night.

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Do not shy away before trying this latest beauty industry trend 2020, follow the above-mentioned steps, and see how glam you can be. Nothing comes easy and practice makes a drag queen perfect, remember to keep practicing! You might not get the exact queen you admire but you'll see how your creativity will let you find the queen beneath you. Hopefully, I Knock Fashion's step-by-step drag queen makeup tutorial and beauty tips have given you some beauty tricks that'll help you feel glamorous, the next time you dress in drag!  What are your views about this beauty tips blog? Do let us know in the comment section and stay tuned with I Knock Fashion for further fashion and beauty related updates.

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