Drag Princess Tips: Foundation-- Five o'Clock Shadow Only!

Last week I talked about a necessary product that tons of people skip, but this week let’s talk about something you don’t need to wear: Foundation. Other than your mother’s lipstick, it’s the probably the first product you ever try out. It's also one item that I find most people wear even if they don’t like to wear any other makeup. While foundation is an amazing product with specific uses and merits, I don’t find it necessary for most cases.

For daily, out of drag wear, I find that spot concealing and is enough. And no, this doesn’t just apply to those with “perfect” skin. Here’s how my skin looks without anything on it:

As you can see, it’s pretty average. While it’s mostly clear, but there’s still some redness/discoloration, clogged pores, & acne scars. Yuck, can't believe I'm posting this in public! 

Anyway, now here are pictures of my skin with spot concealing, and with foundation (both a medium and full coverage). There are no fancy lighting tricks or post processing except for some minor color correction.

Can you tell the difference?

(And don’t try to count freckles as part of your guess—I draw them back on if they get hidden!).

I mean, perhaps there is a slight difference, but I don’t think it’s so dramatic to merit its use on a daily basis. The two on the left have only spot concealing, while the top right picture has a medium coverage foundation and the bottom has full on, drag ready, crème foundation.

I find that having just concealer (and powder to set) is generally enough for most people, and also lets the natural beauty & health of your skin shine through. Even for photoshoots and runway shows I rarely use foundation on anyone, unless they have major discolouration or ruddiness over their entire face.

So, try it out! Next time you just need to run out for coffee just spot conceal, you may realize that you don’t really need as much coverage as you previously thought. Oh, and I forgot to mention the best part--It’s significantly faster. I’ll take hitting the snooze over applying foundation any day.

Other tips:

  • Instead of trying to find foundations and concealers in exactly your skin shade, look for ones that match your undertone and buy one that is lighter and one that is darker than your skin. This way you can mix and match to create your perfect shade, as well as be able to adjust as needed for changing seasons.
Here's to more sleeping, less makeup, & healthier skin!

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

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