RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage, Nicole Faulkner on Makeup Collab

It took a world-wide pandemic for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” decide Michelle Visage to at last say certainly to wearing black lipstick.

“I think I was a whole lot much more open up to trying new factors,” admits Visage, who has been with the clearly show considering that its 3rd period.

Her partner in crime and reliable collaborator is make-up artist Nicole Faulkner who has created a title for herself with much more than 900,000 Instagram followers and is the co-founder of Pout Attractiveness Bar. Faulkner has been liable for reworking Visage for far more than six many years, whether or not it is implementing a bold and daring lip or shimmer on the eyelids. The duo has an “open and escalating relationship,” states Visage, who also notes that Faulkner understands her make-up procedures effectively.

“If you give me a Nike swoosh, it is coming off. I like it straight and geometric. I’ll say, ‘Nicole, you just swooped me, it’s coming off.’ She appreciates,” Visage claims.

Faulkner was capable to enable Visage shift past her PTSD of her past black lipstick practical experience from “when I was an emo lady in higher college,” Visage suggests, but acquiring Visage completely ready every week is a collaborative method with hair stylist Tony Medina, as very well. They get started with a team chat, in which they share inspirational pictures and thoughts.

“We’ll decide out the appear I’m likely to don for the subsequent clearly show the 7 days prior to so we can get ready and start out thinking about hair and makeup before we go into it,” suggests Visage, who is fingers-on with her staff. “I know how I like to glance and how I like to existing myself as a decide.”

That arranging process will help Faulkner to arrive up with suggestions and when to use them. She provides, “We’re not frightened to preserve times and say, ‘This could be far better for two episodes from now due to the fact of a particular guest.’ We can preserve items quiet and neutral a person week and use orange eyeliner the subsequent.”

Faulkner details out that Visage enjoys the glam procedure, which dedicates two hrs to hair, one more two hours to makeup and one particular extra to placing the finishing touches with each other. Having ready is one thing neither wishes to rush. Visage respects the artistry, allowing Faulkner to get her time with her operate so the appear all falls into location. “Every makeup artist dreams that a consumer will give you your time,” Faulkner claims.

Admittedly, their trailer time could be much less, but Visage claims, “That’s not what I want to do. We have the time, so why not enable Nicole do her job in peace?”

Typically, Visage will explain to the queens on the VH1 competitors series that they need to have to action up their appears to be like, so she acknowledges that her appears to be like also have to be “elevated.” Praising Faulkner for always obtaining her fingers on the pulse, Visage claims, “She’s constantly striving to drive me in that element. She’ll say, ‘Let’s do a blue lip.’ I’ll say, ‘You can fuck off, it’s by no means going to happen.’”

Although Faulkner could problem Visage to step exterior her comfort and ease zone, she is familiar with her way around Visage’s encounter and can change her each individual 7 days, bringing drama and manner to the palette.

“A woman of a selected age may well feel she could not wear a thing. We’re right here each week proving that you can,” Faulkner states.