In Bustle’s Beauty Detail, we dive into the beauty bags of our favorite talents for intel on the rituals that keep them glowing and the MVPs (most valuable products) they can’t live without. Here, makeup artist and drag queen Miss Fame tells Bustle about how they give back to their skin and what inspired their foray into clean beauty.
Miss Fame — the stage name of makeup artist, model, and drag queen Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen — views her skin care regimen is a foundational part of her self-care rituals, as well as an opportunity to revitalize her complexion after spending hours in drag. “I make time for myself so I can feel human again because the work I do is superhuman,” she tells Bustle. “When I take [everything] off, I need to give back to my skin. Wearing a wig cap and facelift tapes that pull the hair out cause a lot of inflammation — even blisters on my hairline.”
The 37-year-old RuPaul’s Drag Race alum has been wearing makeup for 18 years and describes it as a long journey of combatting oily, acne-prone, and inflammatory skin. It’s partially what led to herbeauty brand Miss Fame Beauty’s collaboration with clean skin care line 27 Rosiers. “In order to have beautiful makeup, you need to start with the skin,” she tells Bustle. “That’s why our brand collab was so significant — we launched this incredible hybrid product where the science of skin care benefits and the power of pigmentation collide.” Miss Fame refers to their joint venture, a trio of illuminators called Extra/Ordinaire, as “a celebration of the skin,” because it hydrates and smooths the surface like a skin care product while delivering makeup’s luminescent shine.