About Face: Love Bailey Ft. Bebe Huxley
Drum roll, please… Yes, it is about time for About Face and here to walk you through some ethereal looks are Love Bailey and Bebe Huxley, the forces behind New York City’s queer cabaret, Slather Factory. The two are also artists, independently—Bebe Huxley as an experimental pop singer and songwriter, and Love Bailey as a performer and recent director, having just premiered a short film, Slather It Up.
These self-made queens of queer culture and nightlife have collaborated yet again to provide us with a step-by-step tutorial on how to beat your face for the gods and the gays, alongside some beautiful and slightly scandalous images documenting their process that’s giving us avant-garde face painting vibes. Living for it. Peep the photos above and the 411 on how to get couture on your face below.
Step 1: Because we’re showgirls, it’s important to us that our makeup lasts through all the swirling and sweating. I start the base with Makeup Forever, using two tones, white for highlight and my skin tone for the base. Then I blend them together using the Morphe large kabuki brush.
Step 2: After my base is done, I chisel out my features using Morphe brushes natural palette. Then it’s time for the eyes—I used a combination of colors Venus, icon, and shell from the Lime Crime Venus palette.
Step 3: For my highlight I used the Milk Makeup highlighter and Morphe champagne pressed powder for the cheeks.
Step 4: Lastly, my lips are by Pat Mcgrath labs Lust Matte Trance lipstick shade Elson, which stains my lips so after the show is over, if I want to have a lil naughty fun, it won’t smudge on the boys ;)
In the Slather Factory, we like to experiment and stand out, and Love Bailey has taught me a lot about slathering on a good beat for the night but not spending hours doing it. I love to start with Mac Primer and use the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, which is a miracle, finished off with Mac Studio Fix Primer. After applying a cream eye shadow in a bold shape, it’s great to top off with a bold powder pigment, I love the Urban Decay Electric Palette. Adding a metallic finish on the eyes and to highlight the cheekbones is essential to pop on stage. I love the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette, the textured eye shadows are amazing and bold. And to top it off you can’t go wrong spraying some glitter on it (an old stage name of mine was Glitterus) and there is not better glitter spray than Kryolan’s Hair Effects Glitter spray in gold or silver. It applies so evenly, total body coverage and really helps my bald head shimmer like an alien.
Images courtesy of Xenia Leo
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