Drag Queen Beauty Lessons
It's easy to get tired of your everyday makeup routinea swipe of mascara here, a smudge of blush there. It's what works for office life, sure, but boring? Uh-huh. There's beauty inspiration everywhere, especially if you know where to look!
Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a smash hit in its native Australia and has recently taken Manhattan, offering makeup and fashion looks fit for a drag queen (literally.) We saw the sparkles firsthand and asked the show's makeup artist, Hagen Linss, on what lessons we could adapt to our everyday, non-show-tune-belting lives.
Don't be afraid of color. Experiment with colors and shades other than tans and peaches. "Priscilla inspires women to jump out of the neutral and brown makeup box. Color really brightens a face and brings freshness to a look." Embrace the bright lip colors, blushes and eyeshadows that work in summer months.
Use Glitter and Cream. Sure, the looks Linss created for the show would be a bit loud for every woman we know (the show uses two pounds of glitter a month) but there's a lesson behind all those wacky eyes and loudly lined lips. "Cream blushes can make a bright color look quite natural on. Glitter gloss is just gorgeous."
Be Yourself. "Like the characters in Priscilla...don't be afraid to be different! Let your makeup express who you are inside. Show your quirky side. Women who get bold with their makeup really embody personal style and can appreciate the joys of individuality."
More fun facts about the extravaganza of a show?
The show uses 24 pairs of false eyelashes per performance and roughly 150 pairs a month. Nine different styles are used by Linss to get the perfect flair; the longest measures in at 3 1/2 inches.
It takes almost 72 wigs to turn the he's into she's. Both human and synthetic hair is used.
All those wigs command their own special team of four hairdressers. The tallest wig reaches three feet.
The quickest hair and makeup change clocks in at a speedy 11 seconds.
Don't plan on waiting to see dolled up actors emerge backstage after the show: Approximately 1,500 makeup removing wipes get used during one week's worth of shows.
Exactly how much beauty loot does it take to create all the looks seen on the stage? Nearly 175 tubes of lipstick, 75 pots of eyeshadow, and two pounds of glitter.
But that's not just any glitter. Priscilla imports a special blend from Australia that's cut in a softer shape to avoid being rough on the actors' skin. After arriving from its long plane flight, the glitter is mixed by hand in a top-secret recipe.