The Transformation Power Of Makeup In Drag

One of my favorite things about makeup is it has the power to transform the looks of a person. Women can tap their inner sultry self or show their sweet side. But it’s not just women who benefit from makeup’s transformation powers. There are men too! Well, in this case, we call them queens. Drag Queen that is.

Whenever I catch the show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, I am amazed by how these queens can transform themselves. The amount of skill and creativity to come up with the makeup looks, the clothes, and the confidence. I am just amazed. Then I stumbled upon the collection of photos showing the before and after transformations of New York City drag queens by photographer Leland Bobbé. I am just in awe!

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So I started researching more about Drag Queens and realized that is more of an art rather than a lifestyle. In an article from Huffington Post, the myths and some of my beliefs about drag queens were debunked! It was like getting my head hit and having light-bulb moment at the same time.

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Leave The Mustache To The Men

Ladies.. please leave the mustache to the men.

You know what’s as unsightly as a unibrow for women? It’s having a mustache. Ladies shouldn’t, unless for a play or movie, be sporting one. It is just unladylike. And downright unsightly.

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Image from blindgossip.com

We get our eyebrows groomed, have our underarm hairs waxed, why shouldn’t we give the same amount of attention to our upper lips? And we should, trust me.

I never really cared about the few strands of hair I have on my upper lips until about two years ago when I was having some head shots of me taken for my portfolio and website. It was when I was reviewing the photos when I noticed a shadow on my upper lip, turned out the camera lens captured my ‘stache. Since then, I have been relying on my Sally Hansen Facial Hair Remover Kit.

Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Kit for the face
Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Kit for the face

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Looking Tired To Looking Fresh By Applying Mascara

I love applying eye makeup. It is actually my favorite part of makeup application. It can really change my entire look. I have had several experiences of looking tired one minute and looking like I had a restful sleep the next just with the help of a few eye makeup products.

One very simple way of doing that is with an eyeliner, eyelash curler, and a mascara. Check out the before and after photo when I applied some mascara.

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Revisiting Kevyn Aucoin

Preparing for a photo shoot or makeup projects are not far off from preparing for an exam. First you make sure you have all your tools ready; from makeup to brushes, down to portable battery-operated fan you might just need. Then, you review the makeup pegs and at times, would consult classic references. This time, I was skimming through the pages of Kevyn Aucoin’s, “Making Faces”.

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Mineral This and That

Mineral makeup has been around for a while, actually way back in the mid 70s when Bare Escentuals launched its loose powder foundations. About early 2010 I jumped on the bandwagon.

I started with the foundation from Body Shop’s Nature’s Mineral collection. My first reaction when I started applying it on my face was, “Where is it? Didn’t I put enough?” That’s because I could hardly see the powder on my face. The coverage was sheer especially for someone who is used to Mac studio fix powders. Also, I noticed that it doesn’t do much for my oily skin. After a few hours I notice my T-zone oiling up. But it is true that a little can go a long way. I didn’t need a lot of products for my face. One container lasted for months. Another good thing about it is it already has SPF25, so an added sun protection for my face.

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