The ultimate guide to drag makeup

Posted by Lindsey Kane on

Whether you're a Dragula super-fan or a RuPaul's Drag Race obsessive, the art of drag is more popular than ever. In fact, there's never been a more perfect time to experiment with drag makeup.

To help you perfect your craft (and celebrate the UK launch of the sassiest reality TV show around) we caught up with soft glam makeup specialist and drag makeup expert Patrick Baston... 

What first sparked your love of makeup?

“When I was little, my dad used to buy me SFX scar and zombie makeup kits. I was obsessed with them and used to do them on all my friends. I was fascinated by the way you could transform people and the reaction we got when showing everyone our creepy makeup.”

What kind of makeup do you specialise in?

“I'm a firm believer that to have longevity in this industry you need to be able to do everything. However, I'd like to think I specialise in 'soft glam'. It does depend on who you're asking though. Some people would say my speciality is drag, some would say its really natural - they couldn't be more opposite!”

When did you first become interested in drag makeup?

“I first saw a drag queen on my sister's bedroom mirror. She used to go clubbing in Liverpool and met a queen called Cherry Lane. I'll never forget seeing her and being told 'this is a drag queen'. It was like my life had been in black and white then suddenly flooded with colour. I loved drag ever since then.”

What is it about drag makeup that fascinates you?

“I think it's less about the makeup and more about the statement it makes. Any man who puts paint on his face or wears a pair of heels and leaves the house is my hero! 

I'm personally obsessed with finding ways to make a stereotypical male face look less masculine. Whatever that means these days. Drag makeup that's soft and pretty really tickles my tits!”

Where do you get inspiration for drag makeup looks?

“I adore looking at the work of people like Adam Burrel or Etienne Ortega who work on biological women then interpret it to a drag look. And of course, I love looking at drag artists such as Miss Fame and Aquaria. What they do with their makeup is revolutionary. Everyone should be looking at their faces for makeup tips.”

Tell us about the essential makeup products needed to create a drag look:

“Elmers glue stick, a brown pencil, some full coverage foundation and plenty of gorgeous false lashes from Lash Unlimited. Everything else is extra!”

Who are your favourite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race?

“Oh gosh, where do I start! For makeup looks I love Miss Fame, Aquaria, Naomi Smalls and Plastique. Then for being all round awesome people it's got to be Trixie and Katya. And Monet X Change.”

What have been your favourite RuPaul’s Drag Race moments?

“There are so many! Most recently I loved Brook Lynne Hyte’s reveal! And Sasha’s lip sync. Also, anything and everything with Katya in it.”

What would you like to achieve next in your makeup career?

Whether it's to do makeup for clients, take photos or even just build a table, I'm ready to have my own creative space.”

Follow Patrick's career as a makeup artist on Instagram. And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be the first to see our drag makeup tutorial with special guest Russell Kane. 


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