RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 8 contestant Kim Chi lent us her beauty shopping expertise, revealing when it’s necessary to spend big, and when it's not.
In terms of cosmetics, designer isn’t always the way to go. “Price doesn’t always mean pigment,” she says. “There are so many different kinds of makeup available at varying prices, but just because your palette costs a lot doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll apply smoothly or vibrant and bright. Before you buy, swatch it on your skin and see how the product looks against your complexion. Sometimes, a cheap eye shadow will work just as well as an expensive designer one.” Her favorite pigment-packed line to snag on the cheap? Sugarpill Cosmetics.
If you are going to invest, go for your application tools over the actual cosmetics. “Invest in nicer brushes—expensive products don’t mean anything if they’re not applied properly. Experiment with brushes and get comfortable with which one does what."
Lastly, she swears by naturally priming your face rather than using primer. “Moisturizing and cleaning the face really well before application is important,” she says. “Starting off your makeup application with a well-exfoliated and hydrated face will work better than any primer you’ll ever use. It’ll also even your complexion and make everything look so much smoother.”