Celebrity designer Saisha Shinde, who got here out as a transwoman earlier this yr, determined to go inventive for Pride Month — she tried drag make-up for the primary time.
In a sequence of Instagram tales, Shinde confirmed the merchandise she used for recreating an iconic look by well-liked American drag queen Violet Chachki, greatest identified for profitable the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Shinde revealed she took three hours to finish the make-up for one eye, sharing footage of the identical. She used a glue follow flatten the eyebrows “so one can paint the eyes on a flatter canvas”.
“Tomorrow I’m doing the whole face. Full respect for the drag queens out there,” she wrote.
Violet Chachki, who’s gender fluid, started performing in drag on the age of 19. “I started as an inexperienced drag queen with awful makeup serving daiquiris to obnoxious bachelorette parties. Now, I work with legends…” she instructed Vogue in a 2019 interview. “I would play with my mom’s and my sister’s makeup when I was home alone…Then during high school, I started wearing foundation and eyeliner out. It just snowballed into full-on drag queen, and now it’s refined into what you see today. For me, makeup will always be about glamour, fantasy, and escapism!” she was quoted as saying.
For the uninitiated, a drag queen is an individual who dons drag clothes and exaggerated make-up to mimic feminine gender signifiers for leisure functions. Historically, it has principally been males dressing up as drag queens. In fashionable occasions, cisgender, transwomen, and non-binary individuals additionally carry out. Some of the well-known Indian drag artists are Maya the drag queen, Sushant Divgikar or Rani Kohinoor, and Patruni Sastry.
Drag make-up borrows from the theatre custom; the target is to rework the face into a personality. Makeup methods like contouring, baking, and highlighting which have grow to be well-liked now are literally credited to pull queens — they have been handed on by phrase of mouth, taught by friends or older performers known as drag moms, in keeping with elle.com.
Some of RuPaul’s important drag make-up instruments embody glue stick (for eyebrows), tape (to raise the eyes whereas smoothing jawline and neck areas), basis, highlighter, setting powder, blush, glitter, sponge, brushes, eye make-up (with vibrant eyeshadow palette) and lip make-up merchandise, in keeping with masterclass.com.