Today Fran is in high demand for custom orders but still maintains a beautiful online store which has fabulous ready to go necklaces.
When we spoke to Fran, we couldn’t resist asking about ordering our own custom pieces! She explained the most popular request is stage names for queens and they range from around £30 for a basic design and increase with complexity, but prices are discussed when ordering. When you order a custom piece it is helpful to give as much detail as possible - colours, materials (i.e glitter, acrylic finish), the amount of layers, font style and if there are any other graphic elements. Fran sometimes gets sketches if customers know exactly what they want or she is happy to design for them based on what they provide to inspire her. Turnaround time very much depends on the work load but on average you are looking at around 3 weeks from the design approval to shipping.
Lefran Creative has an impressive customer base, designing recognisable jewellery for Alyssa Edwards, Katya, Muthatucka, Crystal Lubrikunt and Charity Kase. Fran also gets requests for phrases and swear words - the Give Face girls were immediately shouting out profanity they wanted to wear – so I put this to Fran. Fran explained she doesn’t mind swear words at all, but she wouldn’t produce something which is intended to cause targeted hurt to a specific person or group of people. We also admired that Fran took an ethical approach not to sell duplicate or queen's branding with things similar to their merch, catchphrases or likeness, with the exception of gifting them herself to the queen the design relates to.
It is clear that Fran loves creating jewellery, she explained how her video game job doesn’t always give her the same type of creative freedom, however creating the jewellery give her an opportunity to flex her design muscles and create something special. “I love to make people happy, turning something they imagine into reality. It’s an amazing feeling when you see someone wearing your piece out or when I get tagged in a photograph where an item is being worn.” She continues “Creating the jewellery is the perfect way for me to be a part of the drag community which I love so much. Working with performers has given me a connection to a lot of wonderful people, some of which are now good friends!”
Just like us, Fran understands how much hard work has to go into making a business a success, last year she set herself a personal goal to exhibit at Dragworld 2018 and she is doing just that! So we look forward to speaking with her after to see if she thinks that should be on our objectives for next year. For the future Fran hopes to be commissioned by queens to create more custom pieces and even look at producing official merch for artists. In the longer term hopes to fulfil the dream of having a beautiful little boutique shop and exhibiting at international events such as Dragcon LA so she can meet more customers face to face.
When we discussed "the perfect wig" we agreed firstly we like wigs with a lace which we can cut the root to reduce (if not eliminate) gluing and concealing excess lace with makeup. I know I would have to keep checking all night if it was still in place and concealed. I also don't think I would have time to clean the lace every time and there would likely be a build up of glue and/ or makeup. Having had both synthetic and human hair, we also agree synthetic wigs are just easier to maintain overall and they hold their style. Even though they don't last as long and they don't look as realistic, balancing the pros and cons, we both would choose synthetic. There are so many different types of synthetic fibers and some of our better grade synthetic wigs are five years old and still wearable with a little maintenance.
We have already found a great manufacturer who understands our needs and we are delighted with the quick progress we have made to source a structured lace and different hair fibers. Andi has worked on creating us our first set of styles to start the range, which will be ready to wear or can be cut into shorter styles with a little experience. We have also submitted a range of colours, again perfected by Andi, individually blended with a selection of fibre qualities and tones to give durability and multidimensional rich colouring. Separated into three cohesive collections, we have an "amplified" naturals range, a "contemporary muted" range which elevates the usual pastel and finally we tackled the "loud, proud and bold" colours which demand attention. All the collections benefit from complimentary and contrast blending of multiple tones and have a varying brown or black short root to move forward from the traditional one tone which can make some wigs look cheap.
We hope to release our wig range in the Summer 2018.
So we are really happy that the first two reviews have been amazing! When we set out on a new project we always aim to deliver the absolute best quality at incredible value and our brush range has been challenging to perfect but seeing these reviews and receiving so many positive messages back from customers who have invested in them is incredibly rewarding. So rewarding in fact that we will most certainly be keeping our eye out for more brush designs to keep the collection growing and already we are planning to add more in the Summer and we may even look at creating a few special release packages towards the end of the year for gifting!
Thank you again Ellis and Jo for taking the time out to include them in your work and thanks to all of you who dropped us messages to let us know how you are loving your new brushes! Keep watching this space for more reviews coming soon from other artists who are testing them out.
2018 sees the return of "Face Race", a competition ran by the team behind Twitter account @alldragupdates with sponsorship from Give Face Cosmetics and Drag Queen Merch. Last year was a huge success with hundreds of fresh faces submitting fabulous drag looks to enter the weekly themes.
This year is even bigger with amazing guest judges Shangela and Phi Phi O'Hara from Rupauls Drag Race, James Majesty from Dragula, Bible Girl the owner of Drag Queen Merch, 365 days of drag Charity Kase and last years overall winner Freya Grace. The judges have been allocated a week each to view all of the looks and select their theme winner! Winners will be rewarded with a £25 Give Face voucher for each win and on the final week the vote will be handed to you to choose which artist should be spoiled with an extra £50 Give Face shopping spree and prize package from Drag Queen Merch.
As everyone knows we love to support art and anyone participating in the competition is welcome to shop like a pro and replenish their kits throughout the competition with a 30% discount across our own brand products with the special code ADUFACERACE. Please do not worry about rules or your experience - it's all about development, fun and being supportive of everyone's art wherever they may be in their personal journey - there are strictly no critiques or eliminations! We were amazed by how many friendships the face race created last year - so get involved, share the love and most importantly... enjoy it!
The competition begins on 20th March 2018 and to enter you need to create a look featuring our cosmetics for the weekly theme - how you choose to interpret the theme is entirely down to your creativeness. Anyone can enter at any point and you are not committing to compete in every theme/ week, so if you just have a burning desire for just one or two themes - that's absolutely fine, create your look to submit on the week your preferred theme/s fall.
Week, theme and judge allocation:
Week one - Neon Realness - James Majesty
Week two - Flower Power - Shangela
Week three - Glam & Gore - Charity Kase
Week four - Worldwide Drag - Bible Girl
Week five - Your Best Drag - Phi Phi O Hara & Freya Grace
Theme submissions should be submitted from each Tuesday but before the Sunday of the theme week (as judging will take place each Sunday to close the week). The winner announcements will take place on the next day (the Monday), then the new week begins again on the Tuesday! Don't panic.... @alldragupdates will publish updates as we go along so make sure you follow them and keep checking in for your updates.
To submit a qualifying entry, upload a clear, well lit photograph onto your Twitter or Instagram account and make sure you tag the photo physically and also tag in your comments @alldragupdates AND @givefacecos along with #TheFaceRace2. Be sure to include the theme title and list the Give Face products used (even if added as an additional comment) - these should be clear to see in the image and the hero of the look to be accepted - if you choose to create a full length look, include an extra face shot for us to check you out! We will also select some our favourite looks to share as part of normal social media sharing and has no connection to the final judging.
Keep an eye on @alldragupdates for submissions, announcements on the start and end date of each week and to find out if you are a winner! If you win, we will contact you once the entire competition has concluded with your voucher for you to shop!
Give Face in the All Drag Updates Face Race!
I first met Ellis in Liverpool; I was stopped in my tracks by her huge hair with matching outfit and the most detailed, beautifully blended colourful makeup. I was delighted when she broke the ice outside and we exchanged social media contacts to have more in-depth chats about our mutual love of makeup. We began working together shortly after and Ellis surprised me with how she interpreted our products, effortlessly transforming into different styles and creating really unique effects with our cosmetics.
Since then I have religiously followed Ellis’s instagram, noting how she carefully presents her profile of eye candy. Each look unique, but cohesive to document progression and creativity. This artist is completely in control, taking time to learn the logistics of social media platforms, a finger on the pulse of latest trends while experimenting to introduce entire new concepts, often dropping us a message to share new ways of using our products which she has discovered!
What I really love about Ellis is the way she is so open. I admire artists who take time to inspire, push and help others on their journeys. Ellis explains how drag was an experiment (like so many of us do) to see how it felt wearing makeup. Makeup, especially years ago was a very woman only industry and social views of anyone other than woman wearing makeup were often that it was a deep desire to be a woman. I feel sometimes that anyone who experiments with makeup or drag is often questioned about being confused about their gender. When I chatted with Ellis we found common ground that before experimenting with makeup we were so deeply conditioned by this, we had already started to face personal gender confusion. However like myself, Ellis discovered the drag community which embraced the art of makeup and we found our home where we could slip in and out of drag without questions that in reality never applied.
Ellis has actively tried to make drag normal, attending events, walking down the road and hopping onto public transport in drag. Like Ellis explained to us, we are all just normal people with a fascination of makeup, we simply just love being able to step in and out of a character without the complex dissection or justification. Typically when people think of a drag queen, they usually expect a comedian, dancer, singer or mime artist who wears makeup in a pub or club. But the art of drag has evolved where it is becoming house-hold, we are seeing a rise of drag social media and YouTube stars, drag queens are becoming business owners and at the click of a few buttons you can quickly develop the art. Drag is becoming accessible; it’s no longer a secret art which is only passed on through generations where mothers’ heels are followed onto the stage. The new generation of drag have more opportunities; we can earn a respectable wage through making videos, becoming a makeup company’s representative and we can build a good career as “a brand”.
Ellis has had fantastic opportunities working in top brand makeup stores, who years ago probably would have never considered a male assistant. Consumer acceptance has changed too, many ladies are borrowing drag skills such as contouring, highlighting and baking, some of which have been claimed by celebrities as a new concept and makeup companies are producing products similar to those drag essentials which we have used for years and years. But the drag roots are surfacing, they are being credited and drag artists like Ellis are being sent fabulous goodies from makeup brands to work with and we are reclaiming our art. This is where Ellis wants to continue heading to help makeup brands embrace artists and help makeup become genderless for future generations.
When we asked Ellis for her top tip - “!@?* anyone who is negative and trust your own initiative!” Not in the sense of becoming rude or egotistical, but have faith and trust in yourself, allow your brain and imagination to guide you to where you should and want to be. She explained often we listen too much to what we should or shouldn’t do, we allow people to drain us and stop us doing what we want. But in the world of makeup and drag, if you are smart and you focus on what you want to achieve, you can do a lot more than you could ever have imagined. I think Ellis has certainly lived by that, applying for jobs which stereotypically would not have been labelled as male roles and she has made a choice to live her drag career through the internet rather than the stage.
As my own path is so similar to Ellis’ I agree with her sentiment, consider what is right for you, you can choose to lead a career in drag. I personally know myself that I don’t have the skills or persona to captivate an audience on a stage, I feel that is a special quality only certain people possess and I am fairly confident that isn’t in me. However that doesn’t kill my drag existence, I have photographic and theatrical makeup experience and that gives me an understanding of how to formulate special effect products. I have years of professional negotiation skills from the insurance industry which helps to get a foot in the door of the world’s best manufacturers and agree very best prices for the finest ingredients available. I understand the struggle of budgeting a drag career through my drag experience as a DJ and event organiser. Like Ellis I am trying to make a difference for our community, making fantastic makeup accessible and not just accepting that big brands can take what they want from our purses, we can access it at better prices! If we continue to diversify in different careers, we all benefit as a community, so go for what you want and respect others drag career choices.
We have been over the moon to see Ellis has recently turned out incredible looks featuring our new range of theatrical and star glitters. We asked Ellis which one of our products she loves the most and as you probably guessed looking at her instagram, she chose our glitter! “The size and colour range Give Face Cosmetics hold makes it difficult for any other brands to compete, there are so many different effects, reflects and finishes which are so unique, there’s just so many I haven’t seen before!” And with that.. we can breathe a sigh of relief as she has been sent and seen A LOT of glitter! Ha.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ellis for featuring so many of our products in her fabulous looks and sharing tricks (like adding oil to the bio glitters to make liquid metal – WOW)! I love the Atlantis stamp of approval and her expertise in social media has been a huge help to us to get better (especially Instagram – arrrggghhh!)
Check out more of Ellis’ work (Instagram @ellis_atlantis) but most importantly, join her on her internet journey and show her love!
We have almost 200 different varieties of glitter at Give Face Cosmetics and our range is ever growing as I find more amazing colours and finishes! We are often asked which glitters are best, safest, the difference between cuts and effects, and how to apply and remove them.
Biodegradable Mica Glitter - Mica glitter flakes are high sparkle, can be applied direct onto a crème base for a traditional glitter effect or mixed with an oil base to turn it into a "liquid metal"! It is so super fine it can be mixed in with highlighters and other powdered products for extra metallic shine. If applied with a water based gel or glue, the finish will be a metallic leaf effect, however it may crack and flake so oil and crème based products work best with this type of glitter.
Microfine Glitter - cut at 0.04 microfine is our finest traditional glitter, extremely rich in colour coverage and luster with less sparkle distraction. It can be used for all cosmetic purposes and excels when creating glittered lips due to its fineness. Microfine is so fine is can be mixed into other formulas for glittery effects (ie liquid glitter lipsticks, glitter soaps and glitter gels).
Ultrafine - cut at 0.08 ultrafine it is the most common glitter, readily available across many brands. Ultrafine is often used by artists as it is very sparkly and a good size to work on all cosmetic uses. Ultrafine is often used for glittering lips for stage and studio work, however it may feel less functional for normal (all day or night) lip wear.
Theatrical - cut at 0.40 "chunky" glitter has more surface to capture light so rewards with lots of sparkle! Because flakes are bigger, colour mixes work better as they are individually more recognisable. Iridescent and Holographic theatrical glitters appear multi-coloured as the flakes naturally reflect and absorb light at different angles. We call it theatrical glitter because of its use for special effect work, glitter beards and larger glitter designs, it works great on the stage and in the studio where bright lighting makes the sparkle easier to see in imagery and from distance. Depending on the use, you may need to use a cosmetic glue rather than a gel to secure flakes.
Colours and effects vary on the quality of the film used in production and sets all glitters apart across the market. Glitters are commonly one metallic colour for single colour sparkle, however there are also matt, neon, pearl, white and clear which rely on the smoothness of surface and cut to create a glossy shine. Holographic glitter is created by exposing the film to different lasers to create extra surface depths for spectral light reflection. Iridescent is multi-layered tinted film which absorbs light creating a beautiful colour depth, a different colour shift and/or light reflection can be seen when the flakes move.
Glitter use depends on the grade of film used, cosmetic grade is very thin and should feel smooth, silky and escape easily when gently rubbed between your fingertips, if your glitter feels grainy - you are most probably not using cosmetic grade. Cosmetic grade is very lightweight and different dyes and coatings are used to finish the product. One of the main issues with glitter supply is finding manufacturers who understand the use of the suppliers' customers. Unfortunately some suppliers will approach general manufacturers and unknowingly buy standard glitter (craft glitter). You can often spot this glitter is priced extremely low - good quality cosmetic film is not cheap! Craft grade is sometimes thicker and often not fully finished with cosmetic coatings, sometimes making the glitter sharper and scratchy when applying or removing, you may also notice it doesn't apply well or stay put with cosmetic gels. Craft films cut into Microfine and Ultrafine will appear to lack lustre, shine, sparkle and sometimes will appear dull and clumpy in the pot and on skin.
So now we have covered the glitter itself, the use is extremely important. No manufacturer or supplier can guarantee that glitter is completely cosmetic safe - especially "eye safe"! It simply doesn't exist, if applied badly or care not taken any glitter can scratch the eye surface. Everyone uses glitter at their own risk, if you are worried about damaging your eyes, apply it extremely careful, not too near the waterline and check regularly you are not getting particles in or too near your eyes. One way of applying glitter more safely is to mix it with a base product such as a glitter gel before applying to so it is no longer loose. The other way is to apply the gel or glue to skin, then carefully press glitter on top, but take your time and check for loose particles on lashes or near the waterline as you go. Applying glitter without securing with a gel or glue will just result in the glitter falling off. You should avoid using glitter shapes (ie stars, strands etc) around the eye area as they may have pointed edges and may be more difficult to see and remove, they should be applied singularly and secured with a cosmetic glue away from the waterline.
If you do get glitter in your eye (this happens to me frequently because I rush and apply too much at once), wash the eye with drops to encourage the glitter to come out or - if visible and safe to - my trick is to use a damp clean cotton bud to gently pick up the particle from the surface and this saves me having to reapply washed off makeup from rinsing. Avoid rubbing your eyes wearing glitter and if you do feel a particle on the eye surface or under your eyelid do not rub because this can scratch the surface, find the particle and gently capture or rinse to remove. If you are concerned about any damage caused you should seek medical advice. Mica Glitter is considered less risky, but it is super fine and fly away, so it will have much more drop out and spread when applied loose without a crème base.
To create a glitter lip, you will need a good base product to adhere to, a complimentary coloured lip product is best. Apply your chosen product, then press a glittered fingertip on to the lips to create your desired effect. You can either leave the glitter as it is or seal in with a clear lip gloss or top coat.
When it comes to removing glitter, our artists preferred way is to use sticky tape. Carefully place the tape over the glitter and gently press to adhere, then gently peel back so the tape pulls the glitter away and dispose of the tape responsibly to reduce the environmental issue of glitter going into water waste. Once you have removed most of the glitter with tape, use makeup remover on a cotton wool ball to gently and carefully remove any remaining glitter. Trying to wash glitter off with soap and water can sometimes just spread it further around the area and it will go into water waste which we do not encourage. Mica Glitter is biodegradable and can be removed like normal everyday makeup.
Charity Kase shares secrets from amazing 365 days of drag through incredible YouTube tutorial channel!
Charity certainly knows how to delight her audience and leaves us all gagging for more! This incredible artist has done it once again, opening 2018 with a brand new YouTube channel to share transformation instructions, tips and product recommendations! The first video which we had to watch several times to take in all the visuals is shot from several angles with soft lighting. The overview footage is cut with detailed close ups and fabulous fun (even seductive) moments when Charity is appreciating the products, capturing the charm, humour and allure of Miss Kase perfectly.
So, enjoy this innovative and creative video, give it a lot of love and hit that subscribe button for future releases! And again from all of us here at Give Face Cosmetics... congratulations Charity on your 365 days... thank you for the love you give us and the art banquet you continue to feed us!
Products featured: Grimas - Eyebrow Plastic, Fix Powder, Liquid Foundation G1 and B6.
Give Face Cosmetics - Face - Foundation Powders in Porcelain and Dark, Highlighter Vivienne, Blush Dolly, Mica Glitter Fae. Eyes - Matts in Polaroid, Acid, Hoochie, Atlantis and China. Micas in Pearl and Aphrodite. Glitter Gel and Ultrafine Glitters Leia, Jasmine, Pagan and Wish. Theatrical Chunky Glitter Supernatural coloured with Mica Gig. Lips - Lip colour Meangirl. Finished with Rose water setting spray with added duo chrome Gabriel.
Also features some of new product samples including theatrical chunky festival glitter coming out in February, brushes (March), Lashes (June-July) and pencils which we hope to release in the summer. For the latest news, sign up to our news letter!
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We have been extremely busy throughout December working with one of the world's most respected and popular cosmetic tool manufacturers to bring our customers a set of ethical and vegan cosmetic tools which give outstanding quality with affordability.
Our brush range is hand crafted using renewably resourced wood finished in crisp white with silver aluminum ferrule and blend of super soft Nylon and Taklon fibres. Each brush is bonded with vegan-sourced adhesive to ensure every brush is both ethical and kind.
We have produced twenty four different brushes, which have been uniformed with matching synthetic hair, ferrule and handle as well as complimenting beauty blender to help you create your own bespoke professional kit.
We have now approved all proofs to go into production and we hope to have them available for purchase towards the end of February to mid March, just in time for the Spring clean!
We are currently working on bundle package deals which may only be available for a limited quantity or period of time, to be one of the first to receive news subscribe to our mailing list today!
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Director: Johnny (aka drag queen Dirti Denise)
"I founded Give Face Cosmetics in 2016 working in my editorial photography business Outside the Box Photography, I researched and sourced incredible ingredients to create an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free products designed especially for artists who need amazing pigmentation and effects with no additives to reduce allergic reactions and irritation. I want to bring artists affordable, amazing quality."