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Dance Disassembled: Drag, burlesque performers use makeup for self-expression – Daily Bruin

Summary

From selecting music and choreography to perfecting costumes and makeup, the ins and outs of putting on a dance performance are complex and detailed. Put on your dancing shoes and follow along as columnist Laura Carter takes a behind-the-scenes look at dance, disassembled.

(Katelyn Dang/Illustrations director)

The worlds of drag and burlesque are using makeup to highlight and contour their performances.

Performance makeup, especially for drag, is used to amplify facial f…….

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From selecting music and choreography to perfecting costumes and makeup, the ins and outs of putting on a dance performance are complex and detailed. Put on your dancing shoes and follow along as columnist Laura Carter takes a behind-the-scenes look at dance, disassembled.

(Katelyn Dang/Illustrations director)

The worlds of drag and burlesque are using makeup to highlight and contour their performances.

Performance makeup, especially for drag, is used to amplify facial features in ways traditional makeup does not. The makeup used in burlesque and drag performances utilizes brighter colors that contribute to the overall dance or persona. For alumnus Jared Menschel, also known as Valley Gyrl in the drag community and on Instagram, makeup is an integral part of personal exploration and discovering self-confidence in their performance.

“The way people are able to express themselves through the art of makeup is an incredible feat to me,” Menschel said. “I will never forget the first look I ever painted on my face. … I went from being a little timid, but suddenly I had this moment of like, ‘I am unstoppable.’”

Menschel’s journey to drag started after watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and attending RuPaul’s DragCon, and it evolved with practicing different looks during the pandemic, they said. With the help of a makeup artist friend, Menschel said his makeup skills were able to progress exponentially faster than before once he learned how to do a cut-crease eyeshadow look. Many of the makeup looks Menschel creates are based on outfits, such as monochrome pink looks to amplify pink eyeshadow creations.

The makeup he uses tends to be brighter-colored than traditional, everyday makeup, and Menschel said he is drawn to makeup looks that utilize bold pinks and neon blues. They also take significant inspiration from the musical artists they listen to, such as Carly Rae Jepsen, whose music brings to mind colors such as baby blue, Menschel said. The colors they see while listening to music filter through to their drag looks, they said, especially the vibrant pinks they use in eyeshadow looks.

“Generally, I’m going for the pinks, blues and the purples,” Menschel said. “It’s very important to me to listen to an album and understand what the artist is talking about and really (get) a sense for who they are based on what colors I feel their music is giving me.”

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For King Baba Moon, a Los Angeles-based drag king, drag makeup goes beyond what is created on the face of the performer. The makeup is utilized as an element in a persona, and he said it is a tool in a drag performance that works hand in hand with the other elements of the look, such as the outfit and …….

Source: https://dailybruin.com/2021/11/16/dance-disassembled-drag-burlesque-performers-use-makeup-for-self-expression