Marina Summers on Her 3-Hour Drag Makeup Routine

Watch: Marina Summers Shows Us How She Does Her 3-Hour Drag Makeup Routine

For the first iteration of Vogue Spotlight, Marina Summers dives into the meticulous steps behind her full Regalia. Photo by Kieran Punay

Closing out her beauty routine, Marina reflects on her Vogue Philippines feature. “I’m just happy to be able to share my story,” she says. “And hopefully inspire other people as well.” Photo by Kieran Punay

Layer by layer, Marina Summers demonstrates her drag makeup skills for the first time on Vogue Philippines.

When Marina Summers gets ahold of the makeup brush, she is completely “in the zone” for her drag transformation. “Normally, it takes me three hours to get in drag if I have the luxury of time,” she says.

She starts by blocking out her brows and sideburns with a purple glue stick and pressed powder, creating a “good, clear, and flat canvas.” While it might look peculiar initially, she assures, “it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

For her base, she swears by the One Size Secure The Blur primer, quipping, “I love this more than I love my ex,” adding with a wink, “and I never had an ex, so that says a lot.” Her secret weapon for flawless coverage? Five different shades of Kryolan TV Paint Stick. This “holy grail” of drag makeup has been a travel companion for its quick, reliable coverage. “When I’m on tour or really need quick coverage, this is my go-to,” she reveals. She then sculpts her face with bronzer and contour, finishing with a light cream to create a spotlight effect.

Left: In doing full glam looks, Marina loses herself completely “in the zone,” a process she admits could take hours. Photo by Kieran Punay
Right: “As Marina, I don’t present her, like, half-done. You know what I mean?” she told Vogue Philippines for its June 2024 issue. “It has to be full glam.” Photo by Kieran Punay

To set the cream products and ensure they last, she uses Laura Mercier translucent powders. She applies an ivory shade to the center of her face and a tan shade to the outer edges, followed by “baking” her under-eye area to prevent creasing. Next, she moves on to her eye makeup, starting with her brows. Highlighting first gives her more flexibility for retouching. She maps out her brows, shapes them with a dark cream, and sets them with powder. To keep her nose matte, she bakes it with powder as well. She adds dimension to her brows using a dark brown powder.

Her go-to eyeshadow look features neutral colors for a timeless glam. An orange base enhances the brown contour shades and prevents ashiness. She defines the crease with black powder, cuts it with white concealer, and sets it with more powder. The One Size Bodacious Black eyeliner gives her a sharp, dramatic look, and she finishes her eyes by lining her bottom waterline and adding eyeshadow for extra definition.

Closing out her beauty routine, Marina reflects on her Vogue Philippines feature. “I’m just happy to be able to share my story,” she says. “And hopefully inspire other people as well.” Photo by Kieran Punay

With her eye makeup complete, she adds bronzer, contour, and highlighter. An orange powder brings warmth back to her face, and the One Size Deep Trio contour powders sculpt her features, even extending the contour to her ears. She finishes with the Rouge blush from Dior, declaring, “I’ve never done drag without this,” and the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish highlighting powder for a dewy glow.

For her lips, she uses an Anastasia lip liner, MAC Velvet Teddy bullet lipstick, and Dior lip oil. To complete her look, she adds custom lashes by M1ss Jade So and a touch of Urban Decay liquid glitter. A final spritz of Kryolan Fixing Spray ensures her masterpiece stays put all day (and night).

Watch Marina Summer’s full drag makeup tutorial here or on Vogue Philippines’ official YouTube channel.

By DAPHNE SAGUN. Beauty Editor: Joyce Oreña. Photography: Kieran Punay. Videographer: JR Ramirez. Hair from Martha Amethyst, styled by Gab Villegas. Gown by Mara Chua, styled by Paul Sese. Producer: Bianca Zaragoza. Digital Multimedia Artist: Bea Lu and Myc Priestly. Digital Content Writer: Celine Lagundi.
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