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“My identify is Naomi Smalls (@naomismalls), and I’m from Redlands, California. I grew up with 11 siblings, which was truthfully nice as a result of I by no means had a second the place I felt lonely. My solely actual profession aspirations had been to be a socialite or Lady Gaga’s backup dancer, and since these weren’t within the playing cards, my mother pushed me into going to cosmetology college. I used to be completely unfamiliar with the wonder world, and being the one one within the class who had no expertise with males’s or girls’s hair was so irritating. Then I noticed my first drag present. As I watched, I believed, ‘How could I elevate this?’ Instead of being that woman within the nook talkin’ shit, I wished to take it on myself. Thank God for YouTube and Manila Luzon movies—now there are such a lot of drag tutorials, however at the moment, it was very uncommon.
After I acquired fairly profitable in novice competitions, I utilized to be on ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race.’ Everyone attempting to be a profitable drag queen ought to apply for ‘Drag Race’—you get an incredible platform, the chance to journey, and an opportunity to be taught from so many queens. Since ‘Drag Race’ I’ve executed issues I by no means thought I’d be capable of do. I talked to Cardi B for Cosmopolitan—that was so wild. I’m working alone solo present, ‘The Smalls World Show,’ which has been an enormous take a look at of artistic skills. But my favourite mission that I’ve labored on up to now was my collaboration with Kim Chi Chic Beauty. That was the primary time a drag queen had ever collaborated with one other drag queen on a make-up assortment, and it was superior.
When I’m stepping into drag, I truthfully suppose extra in regards to the hair than the make-up. I don’t know if it’s as a result of I used to do hair, or… possibly as a result of hair is the simplest strategy to change a vibe utterly. Most of my wigs had been customized executed by @gowigorgohome. It prices like $350 and requires a becoming, however Violet Chachki and Bianca del Rio taught me that going customized is value it. If I’m doing my very own hair for drag, Kenra Professional Platinum Finishing Spray 26 is glue in a can. A magnificence hack that I discovered from my pseudo-drag-mother, Roxxxy Andrews, is to make use of a shoulder pad beneath your wig to provide your head an additional bump. Since a variety of us are dudes in wigs, that quantity makes us appear extra petite onstage. On my pure hair, I like to make use of the Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Lotion and Full Swirl Curly and Wavy Hair Cream Serum. For a queen who has no curves! But Ampro Pro Styl is my go-to, which I believe a variety of Black boys can relate to. It’s been in my life for thus lengthy.
My skincare routine for once I’m getting in drag is fairly minimal. Putting on too many lotions and potions earlier than drag will make me shiny. I prefer to go laborious with a very tough exfoliator, just like the Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub, earlier than I shave, after which I’ll simply tone with the Beauty Water from Son & Park. I want that I might say that drag make-up takes an hour or two, however I put aside 4 hours. Which is to not say that each second is spent doing make-up—I’m watching a present, getting within the zone, working towards my efficiency. My very first step is gluing my sideburns down with an Elmer’s Stick. If I can see my sideburns below a wig, I simply lose the fantasy. I’ve been utilizing MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation since highschool, and it’s an incredible product to mix my hairline with my wigs. I’ve been concealing my brows with MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer since highschool too, and draw them again on with Anastasia Dip Brow in Chocolate. I take advantage of Kevyn Aucoin’s Skin Enhancer in my spotlight areas and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation within the contour areas. Then I set all of my make-up with Kim Chi Chic Beauty’s Puff Puff Pass Powder within the shades Suntan and Banana, and add blush from the Kim Chi Chic Sunkissed In June palette. After that I do my very first layer of Morphe Continuous Setting Spray. Continuous mist doesn’t provide the disgusting droplets throughout your face that some sprays do.
I just about solely use Sugarpill and Kim Chi Chic eyeshadows, as a result of they’re tremendous pigmented, tremendous velvety, and I get little to no fallout. I owe a variety of my face to Plastique Tiara, who taught me lots about totally different shapes and strategies. I do eye make-up with a brilliant exact crease, actually graphic liner, and actually chunky glitter. I’ve hooded eyes, and once I don’t give myself a crease I’ve observed that my make-up doesn’t visually spark in the identical approach. Like so many queens that I do know, I maintain onto my lash strips till they’re just about falling aside. When I began off I’d stack like six pairs of black lashes, however with time I noticed that placing a variety of black round my eyes made my already small eyes look smaller. I need to open them up as a lot as attainable. Now I prefer to put on fake mink lashes from Velour, as a result of I get that separation and fullness, however you possibly can nonetheless see your laborious work by way of them. When I used to be youthful I’d cry if I put a lash on earlier than the glue was dry and it ruined my total eyeshadow. I positively advocate Velour’s lash tweezer software to assist with that.
If you need a clear end to your lip, it’s a must to use lip liner! I’m obsessive about utilizing two totally different shades to get probably the most dimension attainable, as a result of, particularly with a nude lip, the colour can get washed out on stage. I take advantage of MAC’s lip pencil in Cork round my lips, a darker nude like Chestnut within the corners, after which return with Cork and fill within the middle. That makes them look extra open and pouty. Trader Joe’s chapstick is a desert island product for me—I purchase them in bulk and doubtless have 20 of them at a time. It’s actually essential to solely use chapstick after your lips are lined, as a result of in case you do it earlier than the road gained’t be clear. Right now I’m extra into bullet lipsticks than liquids, as a result of I really like how they settle into lips. I believe it seems much more actual. I take advantage of Raw Seduction, which is a really fairly coral-nude from Nars, and observe it up with Glossier’s Clear Lip Gloss on the outer corners of my lips and Artist Couture Diamond Lip Tease in Climax within the middle. The Artist Couture glosses are literally made by my pal Angel Merino, who used to carry out on the first drag bar I ever went to.
I’ve been attempting to get into the Kevvyn Aucoin supermodel matte look, but when I’m sporting highlighter, I actually like Kim Chi Chic Beauty’s Highest Point. It’s extra coral-y so it blends in with my blush, and the glitter is just not too overbearing. For my physique, I really like the Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions Glow Body Oil in Copacabana Bronze. It smells superb. When I’m in drag I usually bathe in actually female fragrances. Roxxxy Andrews and Kim Chi launched me to Gucci Bloom, which is certainly my favourite. There is nothing fiercer than when a queen is onstage and also you’re tipping them and also you simply get that vast sniff of their perfume. It simply form of ties collectively the entire expertise. When I’m out of drag, I primarily put on Glossier You. It was given to me by an outdated romance and although we’re not romantically concerned anymore, the scent stayed with me. I give it as presents as a result of so many individuals praise me on it.
When I’m not in drag—so when I’m Davis and never Naomi—my skincare routine seems fairly totally different. First of all, taking off my drag make-up is such a course of. It’s like a pound of glue and stage paint! The Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil breaks up all the pieces beforehand. I take the oil off with Neutrogena make-up wipes, as a result of I believe there are not any higher wipes on the market. And after that I get within the bathe. I nonetheless use among the skincare merchandise from my Into The Gloss interview 4 years in the past, just like the Philosophy Purity Made One Step Cleanser, for instance. But now there are different issues I’m obsessive about, like Glossier’s Solution. I used it as soon as a day for a pair months, however now I take advantage of it each different day. I observe that up with serums: Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum, and Glossier Super Bounce and Super Pure. Then I take advantage of the Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra Hydrating Face Oil. If I’m actually on high of my recreation, the Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid is within the fridge. I get some hyperpigmentation from ingrowns, and that stuff actually helps. I actually just like the little ball applicator on La Mer’s Eye Concentrate, and I hold that in my fridge too, subsequent to Sunday Riley’s Tidal Water Cream. I put all of these on in a single go once I stroll into the kitchen. If I’m occurring a date or I’m going to be on digicam, I swear by the Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask, which is all the time out of inventory. Then I’ll use the Too Cool for School Egg Cream Beauty Mask earlier than eye cream and moisturizer. At night time, if I do know I’m going to be up for a very long time, I’ll positively pile on the oils. I just like the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Serum, Luna Retinol Oil, the Neogen Dermalogy White Truffle Oil Drop… And Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask makes me look much less drab within the morning, as a result of I are inclined to get up with puffy eyes.
I do put on make-up as a boy. If I’m going to see anyone, concealing below my eyes and doing my brows are the minimal. I haven’t discovered a concealer that appears extra pure than Glossier Stretch Concealer, and I set it with Wowder. On my brows I take advantage of Boy Brow in Brown first, to comb by way of and ideal, after which Black on the tails to attract up the attention for extra of a snatched look. The solely factor that’s not Glossier is Dior’s Dreamskin Skin Perfector. It makes me appear to be I’m sporting a variety of skincare, however form of dims down the shine. Especially if I’m going to be on digicam, that could be a should.”
—as informed to ITG
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