In a new interview with Iggy Azalea just posted on Dallas Voice, the Australian hip hop artist reveals that she is getting Raja Gemini to be her makeup artist on her tour. According to Iggy, Raja will step in as her makeup artist because her regular artist will be unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.
You watch RuPaul’s Drag Race together, don’t you?
I love RuPaul actually! I met him the other day and we’ve kept in contact. It’s so funny because my makeup artist can’t make it on my tour because she teaches makeup classes as well and she’s doing a course at the same time I happen to have my tour. I’m like, “Oh no. Who’s gonna do my makeup?!” I said to my hairdresser, “I need a drag queen makeup artist! I don’t want one of these usual makeup artists that put makeup on models.” I call it “casket ready.” I don’t need someone who hates makeup that does, like, runway makeup. I said to my hairdresser, “Who do you think does the best makeup?” He said Raja Gemini, so I’m getting Raja Gemini.
What exactly is the difference between a drag queen makeup artist and a regular makeup artist?
Regular makeup artists don’t even believe in makeup; it’s so fucking weird to me. Like, you’re a makeup artist but you hate makeup? I see this hierarchy among makeup artists, and with fashion magazines too, and they’re anti-drag makeup. My makeup artist really does do drag makeup too, and I always say she’s a big drag queen as well. It’s heavy and thick and more theatrical — it’s all those things — but just because you go extra on the makeup or you can do it more theatrical doesn’t mean it can’t look good. There’s actually more skill involved in doing a nice contour and a transformation and doing theater makeup or stage makeup. It’s much harder.
I always try to book my makeup artists for my shoot and they’ll be like, “Oh no, we don’t want you to have such heavy makeup.” I always laugh and say to them, “Do you know how much fucking makeup I was wearing in that picture, bitch? Stop trying to be so uppity about it.” It’s like if you do draggy makeup, it’s “eww.” If you do all moisturizer and five licks of mascara, then, “Ooh, that’s a makeup artist.” I think it’s complete shit. And if they don’t let me have my makeup artist, I just show up with my makeup done. Be like, “Hey, I’m here. You’re not touching my face.”
Here’s Iggy’s amazing new single ‘Black Widow,’ which was just released two weeks ago and has already had over 18.5 million views:
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