SAE to host LGBTQ+ History Month quiz and drag masterclass with Rujazzle

10 Feb 2021

As part of SAE’s LGBTQ+ History Month content and events series, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting an LGBTQ+ History Month quiz on 12 February, and a drag makeup masterclass with Rujazzle on 26 February.  

The quiz is a chance for SAE's LGBTQ+ community and queer allies to gather and celebrate LGBTQ+ history and culture. Explore, expand and show off your knowledge on all things LGBTQ+ from past to present on a range of topics. The quiz takes place from 6.00 - 8.00 pm this Friday, and you can register for a ticket to the free event here.

The drag makeup masterclass on 26 February will take place from 6.00 - 8;00 pm and is with a Glasgow-based artist and drag performer called Rujazzle. You can register for a ticket to the free drag makeup masterclass here.

Their artwork has been celebrated by the BBC, the Tate, and the Courtauld Institute, and they have exhibited in the V & A Dundee. As their drag persona Rujazzle, they have toured the UK and Europe and hosts, performs and produces events in Glasgow (including the city’s first ‘Festival of Drag’). Ru completed their MA at the University of St Andrews in 2017, and is a passionate historian of art and queer topics. 

Rujazzle said: "I'm Drag Queen with a passion for visual arts and education of queer topics! I love to teach makeup and have worked as a makeup artist and as an educator of drag skills to young people (including performance, costume making, hair styling and makeup). For this masterclass I'll be going through all the basics for beginners, such as covering eyebrows, contouring, dramatic eye makeup, and special touches for that impactful drag face! 

Drag artistry is a significant part of LGBTQ+ culture and history, and in the age of RuPaul's Drag Race, is a true worldwide phenomenon. For decades, drag has impacted trends in makeup, fashion, music and art, and in 2021 drag artists are truly taking the world by storm! During the session I will also be more than happy to answer any questions about drag history, culture or any LGBTQ+ topics." 

If you’re interested in learning more about drag culture, or you’re a massive fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race then come along and learn more about this incredible performance artform. 

If you’d like to practise along at home or try your hand at drag makeup after the event, make sure you have the following essentials: 

  • Elmers School Purple Gluestick to cover eyebrows (needs to be this brand, others don't work)
  • Primer 
  • Foundation sticks (ideally full-coverage, in 3 shades: One lighter for highlight. One closest to normal skin tone for mid-tone, and one darker for contour). Makeup Revolution (at Superdrug) does have very affordable foundation sticks.
  • Assorted Makeup brushes and beauty sponge
  • Loose Setting powder
  • Black Liquid Eyeliner
  • Brown Eyebrow Pencil
  • Black Mascara
  • Eyeshadow pallet (ideally very colourful, with MATTE (NOT shimmer) shades, needs to have a black, a white, and various colours)
  • Powder Contour Palette
  • Glitter (must be eye-safe, comes in handy to cover up mistakes)
  • Powder Highlighter
  • Lipstick 
  • Lash glue
  • Big Drag Eyelashes

As well as these free events, SAE is publishing a series of content dedicated to showcasing the amazing LGBTQ+ talent in the creative industries. 

So far we’ve interviewed singer-songwriter Anita Gabrielle, who worked with Ed Sheeran collaborator Amy Wadge, on her recently released EP ‘Just Neat’. You can read the interview here

We also put together this practical guide on ‘How to create with LGBTQ+ inclusivity in mind’. Do you have an idea for some content you’d like to see as part of LGBTQ+ History Month? Get in touch: b.kirkbride@sae.edu 

Find out more about events taking place at SAE UK: https://www.sae.edu/gbr/events