Photo by Ebru Yildiz
What are some of your favorite products that last all night long?
Ben Hopkins: My beauty products are largely theater makeup and weird children’s art supplies, but I am a big fan of Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash to clean out my large queer pores.
Liv Bruce: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain! It has the staying power of a stain, but it doesn’t dry your lips out.
Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer because it conceals problem skin without exacerbating it and sometimes makes it go away faster.
Benefit BADGal Lash Mascara because it looks better and better as the night goes on.
Manic Panic Lust Dust Eye Shadow is great because it really pops under stage lights and has staying power.
Are there any products you like to keep close by during gigs?
BH: I use the Ben Nye Ultimate F/X Palette to start almost all of my looks because it has so many different highly pigmented colors. Next, I usually dump a fistful of (yes, I am actually saying this) Martha Stewart brand craft glitter all over my face with the reckless abandon of an exhausted five-year-old, and then I use Duo Eyelash Adhesive to stick other weird objects to my face, friends, and family.
LB: Forty-five minutes of sweaty drumming blends my makeup better than any sponge could.
What’s your favorite piece of beauty advice?
:BH I know this is totally crazy, but I didn’t moisturize daily until, like, last year, and it changed my life. With the amount of heavy makeup I wear, exfoliating and moisturizing is so key.
LB: I forget who told me this, but when I’m doing my makeup for a show, I like to periodically pause, take 10 steps back, and look in the mirror from a distance to see how the look will read from far away.
Do you have any makeup hacks you regularly use?
:BH I actually use hairspray to seal my face when I can get my hands on it, but a good beauty hack for people who sweat is to just keep adding glitter until you are shining your way through the pain.
:LB I frequently use Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer as an eye primer/base. It has staying power and works for high-glam and natural eye looks.
What’s a common mistake you see people make with doing party makeup that’s supposed to last all night?
Ben: People being afraid of trying a more daring look. We can’t all be a Kardashian, but why not be a Kandinsky?
Liv: Piling on a ton of cheap product. If you’re using good, high-pigment makeup and good primers, a little goes a long way.