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Two Straight Guys Learn What It’s Like To Be Drag Queens

From doing their own makeup to walking in six-inch stiletto boots, these men learn how to be an Angel in Broadway’s Kinky Boots.

1. Two of BuzzFeed’s editors were invited to Broadway’s Kinky Boots to learn how to do drag makeup and walk in six-inch boots. The guys found out just how much effort goes into getting ready for a show.

Matthew Murphy / Kinky Boots Musical

3. Meet our Angels, Widdi Bantour (Kyle) and CeCe Easyflaps (Paul). They do their own makeup each show and strut around in stylish costumes.

Widdi Bantour

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CeCe Easyflaps

Matthew Murphy / Kinky Boots Musical

 

4. And these are our editors, Isaac and Gavon.

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Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

5. With only 15 minutes of makeup time, Kyle and Paul teach Isaac and Gavon how to give themselves a drag queen makeover.

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6. Step 1: Apply concealer evenly.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

7. Step 2: Apply bright and dramatic eye shadow that can be seen from 20 rows back.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

If you want everyone in the theater to see your work, you’ve got to put some pop in the color.

8. Step 3: Draw on eyebrows.

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Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

Gavon had help so he basically cheated, and poor Isaac had to resort to making his eyebrows blue because they are Sandy Cohen status.

9. Step 4: Don’t panic.

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At this point, Isaac is absolutely terrified about the prospect of applying liquid eyeliner.

10. Step 5: Carefully apply liquid eyeliner and try not to do too much.

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Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

Isaac did too much.

11. Step 6: Glue on fake eyelashes and please don’t poke yourself in the eye.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

This took a solid five minutes to nail down, but they got through it.

12. Step 7: Put on some finishing touches.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

13. Step 8: SMILE*

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Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

*Or express the emotion you are currently feeling.

14. After makeup, the guys got fitted for wigs.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

15. (Isaac looks like a member of Kiss and Gavon is channeling his inner Marilyn Monroe.)

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

16. After wigs, they tried on these monstrous red stiletto boots.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

These literally went up to their butts.

17. And then the Angels taught our editors how to ~*werk*~ the runway.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

I think Gavon found his calling.

18. Here are the final transformations:

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

 

21. Overall, our editors were super stressed out about the makeup, but they get an A for effort. Good job, team.

Macey J. Foronda / BuzzFeed

22. For more information on buying tickets to Kinky Boots, click here.

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Director of Community at BuzzFeed. FSU grad. Slytherin. Love all things Harry Potter, Disney, Broadway, and YA books.
Contact Arielle Calderon at arielle.calderon@buzzfeed.com
 
 
          
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