Welcome to Paris!
My name is Nicky Doll
and you've probably seen me in season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race.
I'm the first French drag queen in the competition, and I'll be representing France.
I have a confession to make.
It takes me at least two and a half hours to transform into Nicky Doll.
Do you want to come with me to my room?
Oh! You're already here!
I'll show you how to go from Karl Sanchez to Nicky Doll.
Come with me.
Let's get started!
The first step is to really moisturize your skin.
If you don't have well-moisturized skin, you don't have a good canvas to start with
and the makeup won't look good at all.
The serum I'm using right now is Milk Hydro.
I've always wanted to do that.
Welcome back to my channel.
It's funny because I actually wasn't supposed to be a makeup artist,
I learned everything on YouTube.
To hide my eyebrows, I use a prosthetic adhesive.
You have to work fast for this step
because if you mess it up, you'll have to start all over again.
Some great makeup artists have always inspired me,
like Pat McGrath or Kabuki, who is a great makeup artist from New York.
For a drag makeup,
you usually need a foundation that's pretty thick
and since I have fairly dry skin, I like to warm up the stick beforehand.
The makeup I'm doing here is a really basic, classic Nicky Doll makeup.
Now that I've erased all the features of my face, I'm need to recreate light and shade.
To do that, I'm going to start my contouring.
Usually, a female face is much thinner, so I have to erase 25% of my face.
Now, I'm going to do the complete opposite, I'm going to highlight.
I always tell a drag who wants to start transforming or performing
not to put pressure on themselves, not to compare themselves to others
and to go at their own pace.
Now that I've done all the cream stages, I'm going to set everything with powder.
In English, that's called "baking".
When I moved to the United States, I realized that being a drag queen
wasn't just about knowing how to create a look and perform.
There's a whole culture behind it,
there are terms, terminologies that we don't have at all in France
and that we clearly can't translate: "tea, work, mama, slay, okurrr".
Being a drag queen is really about talking, it's not just visuals.
The eyebrows are the part I hate the most in the makeup,
so bear with me.
You have to have at least two twin sisters.
For me, usually, one is adopted and the other comes from another family.
To do my drag makeup, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand.
It's Alyssa Edwards' new palette,
she's one of the contestants of the show I was on.
Alyssa Edwards is known for her tongue pop.
Oh, I got it!
I'm a drag queen now.
By creating this character and dressing as a woman,
putting on false eyelashes, lipstick and eyeliner,
it really gave me a tool to express myself,
to express my artistic side and also my femininity.
It's actually only when I started doing that
that I really started to assert myself as a man.
I'm not saying that I'm a symbol of masculinity, not at all,
but I'm a little more masculine.
Now it's time for Nicky Doll to possess me.
Look at her now.
Now, to finish the makeup, I need some eyelashes.
I like to use fake eyelashes that are a little spiky
because it gives me that doll look.
For those of you who don't know how to apply false eyelashes,
the trick is to wait for the glue to dry a bit.
Now let's do the lips.
I like to outline the heart first,
it actually lets me decide the shape I want to have.
I'm not just a drag queen, I'm also a makeup artist.
It's my love of makeup that got me here.
Now, I'm going for 90s lips, like Linda Evangelista's lips.
I'm taping my face to give myself a slight facelift.
Now that the makeup is done, it's time to get dressed.
Come with me and we'll try on the outfit.
Today, I'm going for a pretty sober, but sexy look.
I'm going to choose a Balmain jacket
that I'm going to pair with satin high rise pants and tights.
My inspirations usually come from the runways of the ’90s,
the anime I watched - I love manga -
the whole supermodels vibe, like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell.
These people, when I saw them on stage,
they pushed me to explore this femininity that I had within me
because I literally wanted to be them.
Now that the look is complete, let's see how it moves.
So let's go!
And that is how you walk, baby.
I wasn't lying when I told you I became a man by becoming a woman.
Nicky Doll is like the superhero I created for myself
to help me go through life's challenges.
Visually, it's a mix between a lady of the night from the Redlight District of Amsterdam
and the manga superheroes that I watched when I was younger.
You've seen the femme fatale, now I'll show you the show girl.
See you in a sec
I wasn't kidding when I said show girl.
The drag scene in the United States and the drag scene in France are very different,
because we're much more fashion-oriented,
whereas in the United States, they're much more campy,
with more crazy and funny looks.
I chose the name Nicky Doll
because I needed a very feminine and memorable name.
And Doll, precisely because I can wear Balmain,
very black, very vixen,
as well as anime, very bubble gum and very pop clothes.
Thanks for watching the video.
Don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel of Vogue Paris
and follow me on @thenickydoll.
See you soon!