Nikkie De Jager And Other Make-Up Artists That Prove That It Doesn't Get More Flamboyant Than The Queer Communityby | January 14, 2020
Make-up sensation Nikkie de Jager recently took to YouTube to come out as a trans woman in an emotional video. "It’s 2020 and I want to start the year off with a truth," said the YouTuber as she further added, “I hope that me standing up and being free, it inspires you to do the same. To truly live your life like you want it and the way you deserve it.”
Here's the video that she shared:
Through the powerful video, besides leaving us truly moved, Nikkie has also proved one of our long-standing hypotheses- when it comes to make-up and style, it really doesn't get better than the queer community. We have seen it with Billy Porter sauntering through multiple red-carpets and aceing them all. We have seen it with RuPaul starting an entire cult after a TV Show. And we are now seeing it with all the LGBTQ+ make-up artists slowly taking over the industry as it gets more inclusive.
Take it from us, when it comes to make-up and style, no one comes close to the queer community's flamboyance. And these five queer make-up artists prove just that:
RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus, Violet Chachki is one of the biggest names in drag today and never seizes to surprise us with her beauty looks. Each one of her make-up looks is like an elaborate drawing and takes inspiration from the hyper-exaggerated beauty looks of the '60s and '70s. You’ll also find undertones of burlesque. Dramatically arched eyebrows, graphic lines, and a fire engine red mouth are some of the staples for a typical Chachki look where the focus remains mainly on exaggerating the feminine aspects of her face.
Make-up artist, entrepreneur, singer, and song-writer, Jeffree Star is an internet beauty unicorn who never ceases to enchant you with his magic. It is all about pushing the boundaries for Star, be it speaking his mind or employing make-up to subvert the heteronormative ideas of beauty. His YouTube is all about unabashed candour and rainbow colours. A 'going to my ex’s funeral' look comes as easily to Star as some 'extreme holiday glamour'. One of the best drag make-up icons ever, he also has a beauty line in his name and is constantly working toward making make-up and beauty more inclusive.
Through his fantastical creations, Ryan Burke projects his bewilderment with the confined ideas of gender and sexuality. He creates avant-garde make-up looks as an expression of his queerness and constantly pushes boundaries with his whimsical and unique work. Ryan constantly questions commercialized beauty standards by employing a mix of make-up, styling, and photography to create eccentric characters that evolve from his own imagination.
You need to check out Markevious Harris’s YouTube channel if you want to learn the nuances of putting on highlighter brighter than the sun. Both his highlighter and flawless base are so on fleek that it's hard to look away. The artist created a viral trend with his 'fuckboy tears' make-up look back in 2016, something that continues to be recreated and can be seen on almost every make-up artist’s feed now.
Make-up is less work and more art when it comes to Cupid’s aesthetics. Be it latex add ons (including nose, ears, and eyes), artificial flowers, gemstones, or even artificial nails and hair, there is literally no limit to what goes on the face under his artistic vision. Cupid’s 3D beauty creations are sure to leave you transfixed, but more than that, they make you question your ideas of beauty, perfection, and all that you consider 'normal'.
Featured Image: Ryan Burke