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Preview: Rubbed The Right Way: New York City Drag Artist Joey Arias Creates MAC Cosmetics Makeup Remover Wipes Art

Preview: Rubbed The Right Way: New York City Drag Artist Joey Arias Creates MAC Cosmetics Makeup Remover Wipes Art

We’ve all heard it before: Beauty is an extension of one’s artistic expression. It’s not just about the lipstick and falsies we so readily apply each morning, but what that red lip says about the person it enhances.

So, if you’re no stranger to a bold lip or feisty cat-eye, then you’ll appreciate the use of makeup remover wipes as your actual canvas, as demonstrated by Joey Arias, New York-based performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artist, and MAC Cosmetics.

Preview: Rubbed The Right Way: New York City Drag Artist Joey Arias Creates MAC Cosmetics Makeup Remover Wipes Art

Back in June, Joey Arias and MAC Cosmetics allowed us to take a closer look at some of Joey’s art and premiere of Z Chromosomes, a short film by Manfred Mulger. Part concert, part museum display, a larger-than-life Joey Arias head took center stage as the room was awash with video footage and displays of Joey’s latest visionary piece: his MAC Cosmetics Wipes, depicting hundreds of old wipes that Joey’s partner, Scottish painter Juano Diaz, saved and dried overnight of makeup looks.

We usually take our makeup removing routine for granted, but Joey saw this nightly ritual as “recycling what you’re using.” Preserving Joey’s usual 1940‘s-inspired makeup of a bold red lip and exquisitely contoured eyes and cheeks, the wipe imprints were all different, depending on how Joey took off his makeup, of course:

“It all depends on how you feel that night when you’re taking your makeup off. It might be a little aggressive or it might be gentle.

Sometimes it’s like a rush. It all depends on how I want the eyes to come out, or do I want them to look like more of a mask, or do I want them to marry each other, do I want them to be more abstract like two people kissing or something from outer space? It all depends on how I rub the wipe. People are just blown away.” — Joey Arias

Preview: Rubbed The Right Way: New York City Drag Artist Joey Arias Creates MAC Cosmetics Makeup Remover Wipes ArtWe tried our own MAC Cosmetics Wipes art. What do you think?

Already a brand himself, Joey sticks to what he knows works when it comes to color. So when he’s not relaxing at home with a clean face (he simply wore powder on his wedding day!) and watching the SiFi Channel, he keeps his 15-minute to 3-hour makeup application simple with key products like MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo and Russian Red. And if he’s feeling extra spicy, why not throw on a layer of Red Glitter Dust on top. Go on. You know you want to!

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So, will you beauties be playing Picasso and create some exceptional makeup wipes art tonight?

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Theresa Romano, Managing Editor | Follow Theresa on Twitter & Instagram @there_esa

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  1. For sure sounds like fun and very creative.

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