Popular Makeup Trends Started by Drag Queens

by Grace Frunk – Ad Manager

For as long as drag queens have been around, they have constantly faced unwarranted hate. Despite the amount of dislike drag queens face, we owe many of our favorite beauty trends to them. Drag queens have invented, augmented or just brought to life several popular beauty trends.

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1. Contouring is the technique of using bronzers or brown tone bushes in any areas of the face that people desire to appear smaller or more defined. Drag queens would use bronzer to define or soften the appearance of cheekbones and jawlines. They also used bronzer to make the nose, forehead and Adam’s apple appear smaller. “Queens have been using these tricks from the very beginning… Contouring allows you to remove the man and reveal the woman by changing the shape of your face, removing the male jawline and even toning down the Adam’s apple.” Said make-up expert Ricky Boudreau/Ultra Violet the Drag queen. Kim Kardashian may have made this concept trendy, but drag queens who made the trend what it is.

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2. Since before the time of Cleopatra, cat-eyes has been one of the most desired looks. Eyelashes being longer on the outer corner of the eye is a classic look; it makes the eyes appear larger and more seductive. Drag queens would not be drag queens without lashes. “Stacking lashes” is taking two more sets of fake eyelashes, and applying one full set on the eyes, then cut the outer portion of the lashes away from the rest of the lashes. Apply these outer-only lashes on top of the already applied lashes.

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3. As Detox the Drag Queen once said “The secret to the perfect lip is, surgery. If you cannot get surgery, over-line your lips until you can.” Kylie Jenner might have extremely influenced the big lip trend; however, drag queens have always ruled the world of lips. Lip-liner has been around for a long time and the idea of big lips was never a truly popular trend, until drag queens made it one. Since many drag queens try to conceal their masculine features, over drawing lips or getting lip injections, gave drag queens the opportunity give themselves a more glamorous and over the top look. drag queens brought this look to life in the 1980’s. Drag queens back then started to step outside the comfort zone and use every lip color there was. They made it look good! Their secret, lip liner.

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4. Creating a cut-crease is a technique that contrasts eye shadow color in the crease of your eye for a sharp, defined look. The idea of a cut-crease became popular by pop culture icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, and even Barbara Streisand. The look of a cut crease is making a comeback, and drag queens are taking advantage of it. Drag queens normally like to take make-up to the next level. Their take on this classic look, is changing the game. Whether it is neutral browns, neon pinks, or any colored glitter, drag queens make cut creases all the more glam.

These are just a few of the current trends people have started to use more and more. The culture of drag queens was built around the concepts of theater. Drag make-up is exaggerated and dramatic. It can be hard, but stepping outside of the comfort zone and trying out these trends can be fun and something new. There are definitely more trends drag queens have created and surely will be more trend they will create. Keep an eye out on for these future trends by supporting the drag queen community. Try checking out some drag queen on YouTube or watching the newest season of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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