3 posts tagged "RuPaul’s Drag Race"
A few years back, we had the pleasure of interviewing Scarlett Johansson, who revealed herself to be plenty in the know when it comes to natural skincare remedies. ScarJo told us that she frequently uses Manuka honey as a mask, raw lemon as an exfoliator, and, according to a new report, she’s also been known to apply apple cider vinegar as an astringent. Who knew? [Metro UK]
Following a stint with pink streaks, Glee star and blonde beauty Dianna Agron has gone red. [People]
We watch RuPaul’s Drag Race for the heated competition (and amazing sound bites), but the show’s makeup artistry is equally impressive. Ivy Winters’ transformation from man to glamorous woman includes contouring, lashes, eyeshadow, brows, and a multi-platform lip application that puts even our strongest face-painting efforts to shame. [Jezebel]
Speaking of impressive makeovers, ever wonder what Barbie would look like without the mascara, the pink pout, the blue shadow—and with braces? One graphic artist did, to staggering effect. [HuffPo]
If you watched Monday night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you know that Ongina, a.k.a. Ryan Palao, out diva’d the competition to win the coveted title of MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson for a Day—that day being today. Earlier this morning, the newly crowned Glamazon appeared at MAC‘s Flatiron District store to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to present a $25,000 check on behalf of the MAC AIDS Fund to the Hetrick-Martin Institute at the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public high school that strives to be a pluralistic haven for students of all races, genders, sexual orientation, religions, and physical abilities. We caught up with the fiercest of them all to learn about her, er, his (?), dedication to the cause, why only Beyoncé can outdo RuPaul, and to pick up a few makeup tips, of course.
Fergie, Lisa Marie, Dita. What is it like being in such good company as an official Viva Glam Spokesperson?
A definite addition to this incredible journey we call life.It’s one adventure I will always treasure and I am truly blessed to have met so many amazing people because of the show.It has helped me grow further as Ongina as well as Ryan!
How has your own HIV-positive diagnosis compelled you to get involved in AIDS awareness initiatives?
Well, I want people to know that life should be celebrated, no matter what happens. We have to celebrate our individuality, our creativity, our passion, our decisions, and everything else in between. AIDS is an epidemic that affects all walks of life, and as difficult as the decision was for me to “come out” about my status, if I touch even just one person’s heart, I know I’m on the right path. I hope to one day inspire others and teach them that life with HIV is just as glamorous as life without!
Your skill with the wand and the brush surely helps you in the glamour department. What’s currently in your makeup bag?
I recently purchased MAC Viva Glam VI SE Lipglass and am equally obsessed with my C-Thru Lipglass, as well as the MAC Pro Shaping Powder in Emphasize. It adds the right amount of highlight where you need it most!
Do you have any makeup tips you can share with us that are essential for peek drag performance?
The one thing that I learned from some of the queens on the show is how to glue your eyebrows down so you can create a higher brow and more lid for applying shadows!
What about beauty icons? Anyone that you find particularly inspirational?
I love my mother. She is truly beautiful inside and out and has sacrificed so much for us to be where we are today. I’m blessed and proud to be her son. I also think that RuPaul is one hell of a drag queen. She is stunning. And I’m pretty obsessed with Beyoncé. I like that she takes risks.
If you subscribe to Logo, the lesbian and gay television channel from MTV Networks, you might’ve caught an episode or two of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a new show that seeks to find America’s next drag queen superstar. If you haven’t, it’s time to add it to the rotation on your DVR, because things are about to get heated. The show is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics, hosted by the abovementioned legendary drag queen (who coincidentally was the first ever spokesperson for MAC’s Viva Glam campaign), and features the trials and tribulations of nine drag performers who compete in weekly challenges to test their skills as a fashion designer, hair stylist, performer, spokesperson, and makeup artist (amazing, we know). If you start watching now, you’ll be good and prepped for the show’s climax on Monday, February 23, when the prize of MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson for a Day is on the table. Six of the remaining drag queens will get all diva-ed up to record a public service announcement and attempt to convince the judges that they deserve the coveted role. The contestant who can display over-the-top glamour and sincerity about the issue of HIV/AIDS—the heart of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign—will win the title, $5,000 in cosmetics, and the opportunity to appear in a MAC store to present a grant donation to an HIV/AIDS charity. We know we said we were over beauty pageants, but we are definitely willing to make an exception for this one.