Drag Princess Tips: The one Product I Never Leave the House Without!


(Apparently this is my thinking face)

Hmmmm, I guess I look okay, but something is off about my makeup today! I must have forgotten something. Signature cat eye? Check. Graphic liner? Check. Browbone highlight? Lipgloss? Hell, I even put on extra freckles today! What could I possibly be missing?



Oh, that’s right, BLUSH. It seems that many people forgo blush because to the uninitiated, redness on the skin can be associated with unpleasantness such as hives, acne, or rosacea. Yuck! No wonder so many people shy away from it!

However, reality is that your skin is the biggest part of your face, and you would be doing yourself a huge disservice by completely ignoring it! Blush, when applied properly, has the capacity to really brighten your face and bring your entire look together. It's especially important if you wear foundation-- you don't want to look anemic! If you can only wear one makeup product, make it blush—it’s amazing what a big difference just one product can make!


Today I’m wearing my Swagger Cosmetics blush in Golden Rose, a peachy-pink tone with golden shimmers for a built in highlighting effect. It's virtually fool-proof! I'm obviously wearing a ton because that's my style, but it looks great sheer as well. Generally speaking, peachy-pinks are flattering on all skin tones, whether you’re warm or cool, pale or dark-skinned. As you experiment with blushes you can branch out to all sorts of reds, pinks, plums, and oranges (or hey, even blues and greens!), but peachy-pink is a great place to start.


I honestly think that everyone can benefit from blush, even men-- and not just in drag! Look at this gorgeous picture of my personal beauty hero and makeup muse, the late Kevyn Aucion:

As you can see, you don’t need a lot of blush in order for it to impart a healthy glow. If you want to wear blush without looking like you have any on, I would look for a peachy-pink tone with a soft matte finish.

Other tips:


  • A generally flattering way to wear blush is to put it on the “apples” of your cheeks (the part that protrude when you smile) and then sweep back with your brush at a slight angle, going up and back towards you temples.
  • If you’ve applied too much, you have a lot of options to fix it such as: sweep some of the excess blush off with another clean brush, lightly dab it with a tissue, or cover it with your favourite skin-toned powder or a very small amount of foundation.
  • If you’re at an event where photos are going to be taken, make sure you wear a little extra blush to compensate for flash photography. You don’t have to go all out clown, but just put on a little more than you normally would so you’ll still have that healthy glow show on in the photos.
Start glowing, and see you all next week!



Blake Karamazov is a San Francisco based makeup artist, Swagger Cosmetics creator and only eats vegan glitter and rhinestones. 



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