Drag Make Up: A How to Guide


The first step to the makeup process is a good skincare routine. Before I apply any makeup to my skin, I cleanse my skin with a cleansing micellar water. You can also use a cleansing milk with cotton pads. After that you use a toner on your skin, then apply the moisturiser and let it absorb on your skin before you start the next step.

Base makeup

Here is a tip for buying or finding a foundation. You can get it in three different levels of coverage:


  • Light
  • Medium
  • Full coverage


There are three different types of foundation:


  • Crème
  • Powder
  • Liquid


I use a foundation called Boots no 7: Stay Perfect for my everyday makeup as it has a light coverage, and no one can tell I’m wearing it. It’s good for people who aren’t confident applying makeup, or wearing it outside the house. 


I use a full coverage foundation for my drag makeup, called L’oreal Infallible 24h Fresh Wear. It’s a really good long-wear foundation. You can get shade matched in any shop, but if you don’t like going in to ask for help there is a website called foundation.com. I use that a lot of the time to get my shade matched in different brands, as well as different products like concealer. 


Here is my tip for applying foundation better! Use a spray primer instead of a traditional primer, and a beauty blender for a more flawless makeup application. Always wet the beauty blender so it’s bouncy and won’t absorb much product.


If you have an eyelash curler, I recommend using it before you apply your eyeshadow. If you want to wear eyeshadow as part of your makeup look, I recommend doing this first as you can fix any mistakes before you apply your foundation.

I recommend using a concealer or an eyeshadow base applied lightly to the eyes. Then go in with your eyeshadow. Work from dark to light colours when using eyeshadow as it makes it easier to blend, and see where else you need to add.


Once you have done your eyeshadow, apply your foundation starting at the top of your face, then work to the side, then the bottom and then blend it all in at the centre of your face.


If you use a brow product like a pencil or a pomade, you now need to fill in your eyebrows. Start at the outside part of your brows and blend it into the inside part of your brows so it looks natural. If you don’t have any brow products, or don’t want to put makeup on your brows then you can move on to the next step. 

Bronzer and Blusher

Make sure to pick a bronzer that suits your undertone. You don’t want your bronzer to be too warm if you have a cool undertone as it can make your makeup look orange. I always apply bronzer first to the cheeks then I apply blusher. I use blusher on the apples of the cheeks next, as it can give your face a sculpted look with the bronzer underneath.


Next I apply highlighter above the blusher and to the middle of the forehead. I also apply a dot of highlighter on the tip of the nose, then I leave a gap and apply a line of highlighter to the length of the nose. This makes the nose look thin without using contour products.

Final Steps!

Put your mascara on and if you want, you can put lashes on. All you need to do now is set your face with a setting spray. You can use any brand, but I find the expensive ones to be a waste of money. Don’t pay more than £10 for a setting spray.


Now for the make up removal process. You can use a cleansing balm or cleansing micellar water and cotton pads to remove the makeup. Make sure to clean your makeup brushes after every use. The brand I use to clean my brushes is Iso.

Mx Lewis, Falkirk, 22

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