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Oct 26, 2015 >> G&F Halloween: Divine Inspired Makeup [VIDEO]

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For Valentine Addams, the term “beauty regimen” takes a whole new meaning. The Chicago-based drag queen is a self-proclaimed boy crazy, anime-inspired, love-’em-or-leave-’em kinda gal whose makeup artistry is spot on and dramatic. Basically, she’s a bombshell with an equal mix of feminine guile, serious cosmic star power and bangin’ set of brows. Now fully realized and performing gigs in Boystown bars like Berlin and Scarlett, Valentine’s rise to drag reality was a healthy dose of fantasy and imagination as a young child. And because Halloween is always a favorite time of year on G&F—ahem, did you see our Elvis-inspired shoot recently?—we invited the seductress Valentine over to partake in some makeup fun to gear up for October 31st eve.


Inspired by drag sensation Divine, most famous for her iconic role in 1970’s cult classic Pink Flamingos, Valentine rolls out her makeup palette to share some wisdom—and some eyeshadow colors. Valentine drew inspiration from Divine’s disco-days as it was the Divine she knew of from her parent’s vinyl collection. We catch up with Valentine—post-application!—to get to know the budding talent >>

Can you deconstruct the Divine look for us? 
For the eyes I used three blue eyeshadows, Afterparty and Velocity by Sugarpill, and Cinderella Blue by Ben Nye. Plus two white eye shadows for depth: Tako by Sugarpill and Ice by Ben Nye. And finally, Ben Nye’s Black Cake Eyeliner for the liner and eyebrow.

What music inspires you while you get ready?
Kali Uchis, Cocteau Twins, Acuario, Risqué and my friend’s mixes. And for this, Divine’s “Native Love”! It’s such an amazing disco song!

Your all-time, hands-down favorite Halloween costume?
My cat woman costume. I watched Batman Returns so many times to make sure the costume was perfect!

And what will your look be this year?
I actually don’t have anything ready for this years Halloween. I have so many gigs going on that I didn’t even think about an actual Halloween costume—Story of a drag queen’s life!

Follow @ItsMeValentine on instagram for more inspiration

PHOTOS: Tim Musho