BPD Queens’ Style + Make-Up Guide

BPD Queens’ Style + Make-Up Guide

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DISCLAIMER: Please use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to “paint up”. This is an effort to honor the women who stood beside Fela and we take this seriously. If you are not of African descent, you are encouraged to represent your cultural traditions as a show of solidarity, and it always super cool to just come as you are.

The stroll will take place as part of the live music session of the night (11PM). An announcement will be made for strolling queens to meet at designated section of the venue and the stroll will happen on the perimeter of the space and end in the center on a designated platform. This is all done to “Lady”. Just follow the designated leader and strut your stuff.

WHAT TO WEAR: The women being honored took inspiration from the traditional dress of their culture and the Western styles of the time, so feel free to mix the African with the Western as much as you like. Dress to impress, but in a way that speaks to who YOU are. The more accessories the better, and be sure to play your look up with varied patterns and colors that pop!

MAKE-UP: The key to the painted face is not have any fear. Each woman created a look that was her very own, so take a deep breath and go for it. Take a look at this short clip from Music is the Weapon.

In addition to your regular make-up, make sure you have:

  • White liquid eyeliner, face paint or eyeliner pencil (Sephora or the beauty sections in CVS, Rite-Aid or Target will do).
  • High pigment eye shadow (LOREAL HIP, M.A.C., or a theatrical makeup shop like Kinetic Artistry in Takoma Park, MD).
  • Dark lipstick (based on your complexion)
  • Additional extras like face glitter, bindis, etc (optional)
    Source: http://www.urbanimage.tv/highlight_images/world-music-kuti-wives.fela_wife_ab_y.jpg


  • Get dressed and do your hair first! (Hold off on all accessories until your face is done)
  • Prep your face as you normally would. Consider using a primer to prevent creasing or runs as the night wears on. You can use an all-over studio effects type of primer, eye shadow primer or crème concealer.
  • Set your eyes and brows. It is up to you how much color you want to use, but create sections that you may want to enclose in white dots later. Vibrant colors work best, it is up to you whether you want to match your outfit. Feel free to go outside of the traditional lines of eye make-up and fill your face with color. You can hold off on the cheeks at this point if you prefer and add color to them after the dots.
  • Prep for dots. Heads up eyeglasses wearers! Make sure you are aware of where your glasses sit on your face before you apply the dots, otherwise you may end up with a few smudges.
  • Dot application. If possible, pour some of liquid eyeliner in a disposable cup. If not, no worries! Just know that there will be slight transfer, so it is best not to share brushes or the “pot” with others. You can use a q-tip for dot application and adjust for dot size by removing the cotton tip. Use the dots to enhance your eyes and cheekbones. You can also take dots down the center of your face. The dots can create a specific pattern or be random. Either way, have fun with it.
  • Lips and Additions. When your face is complete add any additional facial jewelry such as bindis or glitter and then apply a dark-colored lipstick.

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