Drag makeup can be challenging for a beginner, but with a little expertise, difficulties and nerves can be overcome in no time!
What to Know About Drag Makeup
When it comes to drag makeup, it is important to know what you are doing. Or at least act like it. With a genre of makeup that is so dependent upon achieving a specific look and feel, it is vital that you do it properly. The last thing that you want is for drag makeup to come off as looking tacky or as if you are trying too hard. Being part of the drag and cross-dressing community is like any other, and knowing what are you are doing will show your sensitivity, commitment, and know-how.
Starting with a Clear Canvas
If you are serious about achieving a convincing look with drag makeup, remember there are more important things to worry about first besides just applying the makeup. One of these is hair removal. Even a hint of stubble will trip up your look, so work hard to achieve a smooth and soft skin. Making your face as perfect a canvas as possible will help to make your drag look as authentic as possible.
With the dawn of popularity in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments, there is plenty you can do to get the smooth, feminine skin you are looking for. Another big part of prepping your skin for cosmetics is to moisturize your face and protect yourself with a quality sunscreen. Take the time to make all of these adjustments to your face, as it will cause your drag makeup to look better and more effective than it otherwise would have.
Applying the Look
False eyelashes are a favorite within the drag community, as they are much more dramatic and fun looking than regular mascara, and they give you the longevity you desire for a night out on the town. Purchasing quality false eyelashes are often recommended over merely buying mascara, and remember you can always use them in combination with each other as well.
Foundation & Concealer
Investing in an orange hued lipstick or a beard concealer is a great idea. This will help to further even out your skin and mask any last minute telltale signs of male facial hair you may find on your face. Using the beard concealer has been a hit with a lot of drag makeup regulars, and some will agree that it is a must have product to complete your look.
Apply your foundation with a makeup sponge, never with your fingers! Doing so may cause an unsightly breakout, and then you will have to start all over with your skincare in order to get back to the place you were already at. Take the time and the caution to use disposable makeup sponges, clean brushes, and other cosmetic tools to get the most out of your drag makeup.
After you have applied your concealer and foundation, go ahead and apply your eye makeup in whatever fashion you choose. There are literally dozens of looks, and the right one for your personal drag makeup is completely up to you.
Lastly, you need to perfect your lips. Eight hour lip stains are wildly popular nowadays and highly recommended. It allows you to skip the step of using lip liner, and you will get a look with longevity. Reading beauty magazines and catching up on the latest gossip in lipstick trends will guide you in picking the best of the best. Lip plumper and long lasting lip colors in gorgeous shades are also highly recommended.
In the end, whatever makes you feel beautiful is the right drag makeup look for you. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things. The sky's the limit when it comes to feeling confident and beautiful.