Drag has a rich cultural history. Spanning from cross-dressing performances to challenging fixed roles of gender and sexuality. There’s no doubt of the high impact that drag makeup has had on mainstream culture and makeup – especially over the last decade.
Drag makeup is a complex art form that takes creativity, skill and patience, but most importantly the ability to step outside of the box and be fierce.
In this drag makeup tutorial, our in-store makeup artist and Glow Up Season 2 contestant, Berny Ferr, explains and breaks down how to create an iconic drag queen makeup look using a range of Illamasqua products. While it may not be your go-to, every-day full face, this fierce look will serve an attitude.
Perfect for whether it’s your first time in drag or you’re wanting to try out an entirely new makeup style, this step–by–step drag makeup look is worth a try.
STEP ONE: GLUE, EYEBROWS AND POWDER
Arguably, the most iconic feature of a drag queen’s look is their overly–drawn eyebrows and exaggerated features, so any trace of the natural eyebrow has got to go.
Start gluing down your eyebrows by adding a layer of glue stick, coating in the direction of the root. Then using our Spoolie Brush, comb through the brow hairs in an upward motion. Wipe away any excess glue to clean the edges and allow time to dry. Repeat this step three times to ensure the brow area is smooth and fully covered.
Once the final layer of glue is set, using our Loose Powder, set the brows. Take our domed shaped Blusher Brush, pinch the top and apply powder in fast dabbing motions. Ensure brows are fully covered and then sweep product away once set.