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July 7, 2016

Beat that face – that’s a phrase borrowed from RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of our favourite guilty pleasures: eight seasons (and counting) of watching established drag queen RuPaul, the show’s host and mentor, put drag queen contestants against one another over various challenges in a bid to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. And “beating” your face isn’t as painful as it implies: it’s actually drag lingo for applying the perfect amount of makeup in a continually dabbing motion, to achieve a flawless finish. The show has opened up a whole new world of beauty for us, and we’ve realised that there’s plenty we can learn from drag queens – they truly are makeup experts. Here, we’ve gathered what we’ve learnt and the tips we’ve picked up from the RuPaul contestants, to get you looking as fierce as they do.


Read more in our #44 For Art’s Sake issue, out on newsstands now!