Break out your caboodles, we’re in the mood for a makeup deep dive. From fierce drag queens to glitter-laden rockers to advancements in slasher film gore, Gen-X caked on the foundation for an all new way to glitz and glam — proving to the world that makeup isn’t just for cover girls.
NYC’s Pyramid Club offered a platform for the queer community to proudly enhance, brighten, and transform for over 41 years. Inventive drag queen lewks from Lady Bunny, RuPaul, and more changed the makeup game and catapulted the once-outrageous into the mainstream — even Disney blended in, modeling The Little Mermaid’s Ursula after the divine Divine.
“Thick, ombré block eyebrows, heavily contoured cheeks, blinding highlighter, fluttering false eyelashes. Picture a Bratz doll—or Kylie Jenner. Some call it “Instagram makeup.” Some call it a “beat” face. What it really is is decades of quiet, but powerful, influence from the drag community.” - Kristina Rodulfo for Elle
Bold makeup moves then exploded into the music scene, with boundary-pushers like Bowie and Elton taking to stages worldwide with looks that killed (hint: take a peek at this week’s music video below for some trivia that’ll blow your eyelash extensions clean off).
When the concert halls closed, families cut cords, and the clubs stopped slinging drinks amid the pandemic, TikTok and YouTube emerged as the latest platforms to spread makeup mayhem. If you can dream it, they have posted it: content ranges from gory Hollywood-esque SFX tutorials to makeup hacks for the everyday slay. And views are soaring well into the tens of billions.
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This drop dead gorgeous palette of films highlights those that pushed the boundaries of cinematic makeup. Powder your T-zone and contour the couch cushions — it's time for some self-care...because you're worth it.
Pink Flamingos / John Waters, 1972 (R)
Legendary Divine’s feature debut as “the filthiest person alive” in John Waters’ “Trash Trilogy” will raise a pointed eyebrow or two.
Cabaret / Bob Fosse, 1972 (PG)
Peep Liza Minnelli’s false lashes batting left and right in this dazzling musical set in 1931 Berlin — because life is a cabaret, old chum.
The Fly / David Cronenberg, 1986 (R)
Jeff Goldblum slowly mutates from human to human-sized fly — what more do you need to know?
Edward Scissorhands / Tim Burton, 1990 (PG-13)
When you have scissors for hands, life is very complicated — unless you’re a hairdresser or landscaper or ice sculptor… or all of the above.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch / John Cameron Mitchell, 2001 (R)
This hilarious gender-queer punk-rocker from across the pond describes herself as “the new Berlin Wall” — just try and tear her down, baby.
Curated by: The Fast Times Staff
“Hot Love” / T. Rex
Marc Bolan etched glam rock into the history books when he doused his finger with spit, crammed it into a jar of gold glitter, and dabbed said glitter under each eye before his 1971 live performance of “Hot Love” on BBC’s Top of the Pops. He recalls feeling “cute”, (he did not delete later).
The jury’s out as to whether the glitter idea originated from Bolan’s wife or his manager’s wife, but rumor has it this entire event went down in the presence of pre-androgynous David Bowie, thereby inspiring his war paint looks for years to come. The tale is seemingly corroborated in “All the Young Dudes”, (via a direct reference to T. Rex and TV), removing any doubt that Bolan was Bowie’s muse in some form or fashion.