It goes without saying that drag queens have signature looks – from ratted coifs to three pairs of intricately placed MAC #6 lashes glued on top of each other. A debate that has long plagued drag sisters worldwide is lipstick vs. gloss.
If you are a drag diva whose career was born in the nineties, you’ve from an era where the go-to is a perfect pairing of a deep lip liner and a next-to-nude gloss to blend. Our memory: MAC Currant lip liner and a Bonne Bell pink gloss. Queens from New Jersey to San Diego flaunted the oval: an overly heavy liner – creating a pointed pucker of course – that seamlessly disappeared into the middle. Of course, you layer that with about a gallon of clear Lipglass.
Times do change – as do divas – and in the midst of a new revolution of drag, we find this younger generation opting for uber-rich mattes, with not a glimpse of the wet lip of its predecessor. The likes of Adore Delano, Raja, and Sharon Needles prefer a punk-burlesque-goth painted whistler. Why the transformation from girlie to goth? Our guess is that the younger divas embrace the new woman, or woman-like image of a powerful, independent diva, unlike that of the sweetness of divas before.
We are an all-loving, all-appreciative mix here at DragStarDiva, so we find beauty in just about every makeup combo. But in the spirit of educating our youngsters (divas-in-training), we have selected some of our favorite lip concoctions.
For those candy-sweet divas, we suggest Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip waterproof lip liner in Matte Dark Plum (12C) as a heavy liner, blended with Bonne Bell’s Lip Lites gloss in Cream Pop.
For our devilish divas, perhaps you would come to life by opting for either NYX cosmetic’s Simply Vamp Lip Cream pencil in Aphrodisiac, or MAC’s Rocky Horror lipstick in Strange Journey as a stand alone lip product.
Whatever you decide, make it statement. We divas have a reputation to uphold.