Subverting gender norms and playing with boundaries of colour, texture and glam is London-based makeup artist Byron London.
RuPaul’s second season of Drag Race UK saw a superstar emergence of names from non-binary babe Bimini Bon Boulash to Welsh-born sensation Tayce and stylishly naughty Awhora. If you follow any of these queens on social media you’ll be presented with fresh and diverse makeup looks – some more editorial, others more camp as well as those which perfectly marry the two.
Young Byron is the name behind all these faces subtly subverting the fashion industry’s idea of gender normativity one palette at a time. Recent ventures include covers of Notion and Gay Times magazine for Bon Boulash and Awhora respectively. The makeup created for both covers features bold and acidic colours, bleached brows, glossy lips and a thick black eyelash line. Byron’s looks blend camp and extravagant elements of underground queer culture and drag with editorial trends such as the 70s and 80s inspiration which we are seeing right now as we move away from the pandemic and towards a desire to socialise, party and dress up.
Never boring, we can’t wait to see what creative snack Byron serves up next.