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4 Insider Tricks From RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens for Maximizing Your Travel Size Makeup

Unique Tips for Your Travel Makeup From RuPaul's Drag Race 2024 Contestants: Dawn, Geneva Karr, Morphine Love Dion, and Plasma

4 Insider Tricks From RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens for Maximizing Your Travel Size Makeup

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a one-of-a-kind show, which is what makes it so ground-breaking and fun to watch. Witnessing the Queens explore innovative ways to use makeup, complete with unique tips and out-of-this-world tricks, is an experience that never gets old. While these methods may initially seem exclusive to the craft of Drag, RuPaul’s 2024 Queens affirm that anyone – even those using Subtl’s travel size makeup – can incorporate them into their routine.

To keep from lip-syncing for your life (unless that’s you’re style), check out these four insider tips from RuPaul’s upcoming Queens to try with your Subtl Beauty travel size makeup:

Travel Size Makeup Tip #1: Try Saving Time While Still Letting Yourself Enjoy Applying Makeup

Dawn, 26, Brooklyn Gives a Tip for Your Travel Size Makeup: “I have ADHD, so I give myself as much time as possible because I don't care about luxuriating. I just want to not be panicked. I have awful time management skills. But once I'm able to settle in and get into the process, it's like painting a canvas. It's very relaxing.”

If you’re a busy mom or a traveler always on the go, you can probably relate to one of RuPaul’s new Queens: Dawn. She says, “I give myself as much time as possible because I don't care about luxuriating. I just want to avoid panic. I have awful time management skills. But once I'm able to settle in and get into the process, it's like painting a canvas. It's very relaxing.”

For beauty enthusiasts like Dawn, who want to save precious time but still look ultra-flawless, Subtl Beauty’s travel size makeup is completely stakable. This means you won’t have to sort through your cluttered makeup bag or carry-on anymore to find what you’re looking for. Plus, each high-quality layer is 100% refillable to save you money and benefit the environment.

Travel Size Makeup Tip #2: Always Start With Your Eyes

Geneva Karr, 30, Brownsville, Texas Gives a Tip for Your Travel Size Makeup:  I start with my eyes because that's what takes me a little longer. I’ll do a cut crease, which is the pageant-style in Texas, but if I want to be wild, I do a little glitter, a smoky eye, a halo, or whatnot. The rest of the face is muscle memory.

Geneva Karr, another 2024 RuPaul’s Drag Race Queen, holds a soft spot in her heart for traditional makeup tips. For example, she says, “I start with my eyes because that's what takes me a little longer. I’ll do a cut crease, which is the pageant-style in Texas, but if I want to be wild, I do a little glitter, a smoky eye, a halo, or whatnot. The rest of the face is muscle memory.”

Many people swear by starting their routine with eye makeup before moving on to complexion products, which makes sense due to pesky fallout (or in Geneva’s case – time). With Subtl Beauty’s Eyeshadow Duos, you don’t have to worry about fallout, losing time, or it fading throughout the day, as our travel size makeup is stakable, long-lasting, and crease-proof.

If you want to try more than one of our Eyeshadow Duos, check out our Limited-Edition Eyeshadow Trio Stak here (it features shades Takeoff, Staycation, and Layover):

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Travel Size Makeup Tip #3: Using an Eye Primer Is a Game-Changer

Morphine Love Dion, 25, Miami Gives a Tip for Your Travel Size Makeup:  I think the most important element for me is skin and also the eyes. An eye shadow tip I recommend is to use a sickening eye primer. Not all eye shadows are good, but if you have a really good eye primer, anything could work. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills eye primer.

If you haven’t jumped onto the eye primer bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for? 2024 RuPaul’s Drag Race Queen, Morphine Love Dion, says: “I think the most important element for me is the skin and the eyes. An eye shadow tip I recommend is to use a sickening eye primer.”

At Subtl Beauty, our travel size makeup Staks don’t include an eye shadow primer (yet; who knows what could happen?), but we do have some recommendations for ones that’ll give you a smooth, even base for our sickening – in the words of Morphine – Eyeshadow Duos: 

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Travel Size Makeup Tip #4: Enjoy a Cold Water Soak to Reduce Inflammation and Redness

Plasma, 24, New York City Gives a Tip for Your Travel Size Makeup: I am inspired by Joan Crawford, so I soak my face in cold water to reduce inflammation because I have sensitive-ass, oily skin, and I want to get rid of all of the bumps and the redness before I start painting my face.

Plasma, a 2024 RuPaul Queen heavily influenced by the past, says: “I’m inspired by Joan Crawford, so I soak my face in cold water to reduce inflammation because I have sensitive, oily skin, and I want to get rid of all of the bumps and the redness before I start painting my face.”

If you’re never heard of Plasma’s cold water technique, then let’s explore the benefits:

  • Reduced Puffiness: Cold water can help constrict blood vessels and minimize inflammation, which makes it the bees knees for reducing puffiness.
  • Enhanced Circulation: Since it stimulates blood circulation, cold water can give your skin a refreshed and awakened appearance, which is especially nice after a long flight.
  • Improved Makeup Adherence: Did you know doing a quick cold water face bath can close and tighten your pores to help your makeup stay put longer?
  • Reduced Redness: Trying Plasma’s daily face dunk can help soothe and calm redness or irritation, providing a more even skin tone for your travel size makeup application.

For the Subtl Beauties out there that don’t want to soak their face in a bowl of water each morning, here are some other methods of cold water therapy that are just as beneficial:

You can also find makeup products, like the our Cream Concealer, that reduces puffiness (more on this below):

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Grab Your Subtl Beauty Travel Size Makeup (AKA the Starter Stak) to Try These Tricks Today

Travel Size Makeup Subtl Starter Stak Includes: Concealer, Highlighter in Champagne, Lip & Cheek in Terracotta Tour Guide, Shine Control Pressed Powder, and Bronzer

Want to embrace your inner Queen with Subtl’s innovative travel size makeup? We don’t blame you; going through TSA (or trying to quickly touch-up your makeup for the judges) with a cluttered carry-on/beauty bag isn’t fun. That’s where Subtl Beauty comes in; we create products, like our Starter Stak, for badass people on the go who enjoy convenient, streamlined beauty. 

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Check out what these Subtl Beauties had to say about our travel size makeup Starter Stak:

Subtl Beauty Starter Stak Travel Size Makeup Reviews: First off, I’m both a minimalist girl and a full glam one, and the Starter Stak has been a game-changer for me. I’ve had both Stak 1.0 and 2.0, and I can say that the improvements are so great with the new Stak. It has cut down my get ready time by nearly thirty minutes, and I love that touch ups can easily happen anywhere. I have a wedding coming up in Scotland, and I plan to solely take my Stak for my wedding look. If you’re a newbie, you can also add to your Stak, which is super cool. High recommend! You’ll never go back; I know I haven’t. - Jordan R.; I’m really glad I decided to give this a try! I was nervous to match my tone, but the concealer works wonderfully. It’s so quick and easy to use, perfect for traveling with, or even keeping in your purse. I keep mine in my purse and do my makeup on the go and it saves me so much time! - Ally; I’m a mom of 4 and a full time pharmacist. I want to look pretty with makeup but could never find the time (or my makeup when I wanted it) to get it just right! With this Stak, it is all in one place and it’s so easy! And I’ve gotten tons of compliments! It’s nice to feel put together some days! Literally takes this beauty challenged momma 5 min to feel good! - Audra P.

Here are the travel size makeup necessities that our Starter Stak includes:

  1. Cream Concealer: Transformative, versatile, and long-lasting, our Cream Concealer is a lightweight formula that’ll give you great coverage without caking (a huge Drag Queen no-no). Plus, it’s infused with Coffee Seed Oil to reduce puffiness. You can choose from nineteen shades and if it’s not a perfect match for your skin tone, we’ll replace it for free.
  2. Lip and Cheek (in Terracotta Tour Guide): Our Lip and Cheek is a creamy 2-in-1 product that’s sure to have you runway-ready in no time. It comes in five stunning shades tailored to compliment your skin tone and whatever aesthetic you’re embracing that day. With only a few finger taps, you’ll be able to add a dash of color to your look, anywhere.
  3. Bronzer (based on the Concealer you choose): With our Bronzer having an ultra-high concentration of pigment, a little will go a long way. It’s seamless to blend for a RuPaul-approved flawless finish, and it’ll give you a long-lasting radiance that’ll make heads turn. The Subtl Bronzer comes in five shades to enhance your natural features. 
  4. Pressed-Powder Highlighter (in Champagne): No tea, no shade – but our Highlighter is not only easy to use and beginner-friendly, but a necessity to get that luminous Drag glow. It’s versatile, amazing for highlighting and adding a shimmer to your eyeshadow look, and can be built up for a glassy sheen, making it perfect for everyone’s style. 
  5. Shine Control Pressed Powder: Our Shine Control Powder is a game-changer, especially if you’re traveling or lip syncing for your life as it keeps oil at bay. Unlike a lot of other translucent powders out there, ours is lightweight, cake-free, sets your makeup in place, and will last nearly as long as a full season marathon of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Travel Size Makeup Subtl Starter Stak Includes: Concealer, Highlighter in Champagne, Lip & Cheek in Terracotta Tour Guide, Shine Control Pressed Powder, and Bronzer

Want to join over 500+ happy Subtl Beauties by grabbing a Starter Stak? Click here to choose your concealer shade, so we know how to perfectly curate it. And before you shashay away – make sure to let us know which beauty tip you’ll be trying first with your travel size makeup.

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