‘One eye took three hours’: Designer Saisha Shinde attempts drag makeup to celebrate Pride Month

Celebrity designer Saisha Shinde, who got here out as a transwoman earlier this yr, determined to go inventive for Pride Month — she tried drag makeup for the primary time.
In a sequence of Instagram tales, Shinde confirmed the merchandise she used for recreating an iconic look by widespread American drag queen Violet Chachki, finest recognized for profitable the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Violet Chachki is a well-liked American drag queen. (Source: officialsaishashinde/Instagram)
Shinde revealed she took three hours to full the makeup for one eye, sharing photos of the identical. She used a glue stick to flatten the eyebrows “so one can paint the eyes on a flatter canvas”.
“Tomorrow I’m doing the entire face. Full respect for the drag queens on the market,” she wrote.
Saisha Shinde tried drag makeup for the primary time. (Source: iamsaishashinde/Instagram)
Violet Chachki, who’s gender fluid, started performing in drag on the age of 19. “I began as an inexperienced drag queen with terrible makeup serving daiquiris to obnoxious bachelorette events. Now, I work with legends…” she advised Vogue in a 2019 interview. “I might play with my mother’s and my sister’s makeup once I was house alone…Then throughout highschool, I began sporting basis and eyeliner out. It simply snowballed into full-on drag queen, and now it’s refined into what you see at this time. For me, makeup will at all times 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 makeup to imitate feminine gender signifiers for leisure functions. Historically, it has largely been males dressing up as drag queens. In trendy 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 makeup borrows from the theatre custom; the target is to rework the face into a personality. Makeup methods like contouring, baking, and highlighting which have turn out to be widespread now are literally credited to drag queens — they had been handed on by phrase of mouth, taught by friends or older performers known as drag moms, in accordance to elle.com.
Some of RuPaul’s important drag makeup instruments embrace glue stick (for eyebrows), tape (to carry the eyes whereas smoothing jawline and neck areas), basis, highlighter, setting powder, blush, glitter, sponge, brushes, eye makeup (with vibrant eyeshadow palette) and lip makeup merchandise, in accordance to masterclass.com.
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