Hedwig and The Angry Inch Drag Dinner

Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens in two days and the cast is doing some fun promotions for it such as a drag dinner on Tuesday April 9th!  Get your tickets here!

I think they missed an opportunity by not calling the event ‘Hedwig and The Hangry Inch’ Drag Dinner.

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Tickets for the show can be purchased here.  Let me know if you go!

Love, Hannah

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T-I-N-G-O!

The harsh Minnesota winter is finally being driven away and yesterday was no exception as the warm spring sun was shining all day long.  Gone are the sweaters and boots, out come the bodycon dresses and stilettos.

I’m exaggerating of course.  Do you think snow and ice can stop us from strutting in four-inch heels and hems that are (way) above the knee?

Yesterday was beautiful and it was also the March event for the MN T-Girls.  This month’s event was something we have never done before…drag queen bingo at Lush!

If you told me at fifteen years old I would have spent my morning getting a makeover so I could play bingo I never would have believed you, but it was one of the most fun events the T-Girls have had.  The day started with us getting our cards and our…dabber things.

 

The day was hosted by two fabulous queens who called out the numbers and kept the day fun.

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We played about a dozen rounds…

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…and we have a winner!

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It was a fun day and I want to thank Lush for being so accommodating for our large group.  The staff is friendly, the queens are gorgeous, the food is delicious and it was just a wonderful day.

Love, Hannah

 

Demystifying Highlighting and Contouring

Corrie Dubay is a makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Femme Makeovers, an amazing transformation studio in Minneapolis.  She is a friend and hero to girls everywhere.  She is beyond talented and I am lucky to have worked with on photo shoots in the past.
Corrie has a newsletter that she sends out with helpful makeup tips like these and is reprinted here with her permission.  I am certain you’ll find this useful!  You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Love, Hannah
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Darlings,

How are you?? Please forgive me as it’s been several months since my last newsletter. I hope this finds you doing well. And….can we get a HALLELOO!?!?!…Seems as though Spring has FINALLY started to show her lovely face. 😀

XOXO  from your favorite makeup guru,

Corrie
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Highlighting and Contouring How-To
Highlight and Contouring: What the hell….why the hell….how the hell….These are all questions I am frequently asked during lessons. I know it can be extremely overwhelming even thinking about adding highlight and contour to your makeup routine.  I mean – even I get overwhelmed when I see some of these YouTubers and Instagramers highlight and contouring every inch of their face. It’s one of those things I truly don’t understand…why? Mainly because it’s NOT necessary!!! Those YouTubers and Instagrammers might disagree, but let’s be real here. How many of you have three hours to put your face on before you go out? I surely don’t. Put it on, blend it out and off I freaking go….end of story. So let’s break this down and get on with our nights, yes?

First – what is highlighting and contouring? Simply put – it’s how we can restructure or accentuate certain features of our face using light and shadows. Remember these two things: contour (shadow) shades or pushes away, highlight (light) emphasizes or brings forward.

Why would I want to highlight and/or contour? For a number of reasons. Let’s say you have a very square jaw line – we can use contouring (or shadows) to soften it and create a more feminine looking jawline. Or – you want your nose to look narrower, a sharper, more pronounced cheek, narrower looking forehead…the list goes on. You can easily do all of that with a little bit of highlighting and contouring.

All of this is great, but do I HAVE to contour and highlight? Of course not. You don’t have to do anything. Do what your comfortable with. In fact – I tell people – get efficient with your basics first (beard coverage, foundation, eyes, etc.) before tackling highlighting and contouring.

Okay – so how do I do it??  There’s a couple ways you can highlight and contour and achieve similar results. Before you can do that – you need to choose colors. For my contour, I typically like to go several shades (2 – 3) darker than my foundation and always choose a matte – no shimmer. I also like to use something that is very cool-toned. Some people say to use a bronzer as a contour. Technically – yes, you COULD use bronzer. However – a bronzer’s purpose is to warm you up – make you look like you were out in the sun. A true shadow has coolness to it, so many times, using a bronzer as a contour can make your face look dirty, not shadowed.

For highlight – I like to stick to a shade or shade and a half lighter than my foundation base (also in a matte form to start). You can over-highlight, making your face look like it’s glowing…but not in a good way!!! Many highlighters have shimmer in them – which is totally fine. We just want to use the shimmer highlighters in specific places (top of the cheek bone, a light touch on the forehead, etc.), otherwise you may end up looking sweaty or just shiny all over…which is not what we’re after.

Back to products….the first (and my personal favorite) is to use a creme or liquid product (in conjunction with your creme or liquid foundation). Start by applying your base (foundation). Before powdering the foundation, apply your highlight and contour and blend out with your sponge or brush. You want to blend in, not away, making sure you don’t have any hard lines between the foundation/contour/highlight. We’re looking for a nice gradient when we’re done. Once blended, set with powder and continue on with your application. I prefer cremes because I can create a very natural looking contour and highlight.

The second is to do your foundation and set with powder, then apply your highlight and contour in POWDER form over. Remember – we need to keep like products with like products. For example – if you want to use a powder highlight/contour, you need to be putting it over powder (a powdered creme or liquid foundation). A creme or liquid highlight/contour has to go over a creme or liquid foundation (BEFORE applying powder). If you mix the two or flip back and forth, you can end up having a difficult time blending and run the risk of your foundation cracking/flaking because it got too heavy. I generally use a powder contour and highlight as a finishing touch if I need to bump up my existing creme contour or highlight a touch.

Let’s talk about a few of my favorite highlighting/contouring products and then we’ll move on to placement. I really like the Sephora Highlight Lowlight Face Contour Duo. It has both a contour and highlight color in stick form (creme). Application is super easy, blends nicely and is super affordable.

I also really like using the Graftobian HD Glamour Creme Hi-Lite Contour palette. It has both highlighting and contouring colors you can mix and blend easily. It comes in a light and dark version depending on your skin tone. LOVE Graftobian!!!!

For Powders – I’ve been OBSESSED with Smashbox lately. They have these great little three color highlight/contour palettes that blend like BUTTER when you put them on. I just got the Cali Contour Palette (this has highlight/contour, blush, bronzer and a shimmer highlight – so lots of bang for your buck) and it is my new fave!!!

MAC also recently came out with these great highlight and contour palettes. They are six-color palettes available in light/medium or medium/dark depending on your skin tone. Super love these as well.

Okay – let’s talk placement. Now as I mentioned before – you can watch videos and tutorials with people going bananas applying highlight and contour. That is not necessary. I suggest you only highlight/contour what you want to emphasize. You want a more pronounced cheek, do the cheeks, you want your nose to appear narrower, do your nose. You can so as little or as much as you want or have time for.

Generally speaking – unless someone asks for specific highlighting and contouring, these are the areas I normally do: cheek bone, forehead, jawline and nose. I also like to throw a little highlight under the eyes to brighten things up a touch. Here’s a diagram of my general highlight and contour placement:

Lastly – I want to touch on blush quick. We don’t want to forget our blush. Blush adds the color back into the face we’re missing. It gives us a nice glow we all need – especially this time of year. I like to put the blush on the apples of the cheek and blend up and out. You can check out my tips and tricks on blush application here.

Earlier on, I mentioned how I do like using shimmer highlighters but in specific places. I mention blush as well because I like to put my blush on first, blend, then add my shimmer highlight after. I like to apply the shimmer last because it can lose it’s shimmery-ness (?) if I’m putting something matte back over the top.

Okay – are your heads spinning yet?? I realize this is a lot of information to take in so if you have ANY questions at all – please ask (I can be reached here)!! I know it seems kind of scary at first but give it some time and practice and you’ll have it down in no time.

Alright my darlings – I hope you’ve been well. If you have any questions or want to book a session – holler!!

Questions or want to request a session? Call/text (612-860-6739) or email Corrie at: corrie@femmemakeovers.com

Be sure to check www.femmemakeovers.com for more info.

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Love, Hannah

Transformation… Transformed!

The world is a more beautiful place thanks to Corrie Dubay.

Although the world has many talented makeup artists, I can’t imagine anyone better than Ms. Dubay.  Corrie is the owner and makeup magician of Femme Makeovers, a makeup and transformation studio wedged comfortably between Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  I have had the honor of Corrie doing my makeup many times and she has also given me a private lesson as well.  She has also invited the MN T-Girls into her studio for private makeup demonstrations on several occasions.

If Corrie can make me look this good, imagine what she can do for you.

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Photography by Christi Williams

 

Like many of us, Corrie’s studio is forever evolving.  She has recently completely renovated her space and has added more clothes and more heels and more wigs.  I had a chance to see her new studio and was blown away by what she has to offer.

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The waiting area (perfect for a photo shoot!)
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Time for a wardrobe change!
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Some of the clothes and shoes Corrie has to offer
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It’s time to put on makeup!  It’s time to light the lights!

If you are looking for an experience like no other, I encourage you to reach out to Corrie for a makeover or a private makeup lesson.  You’ll have the time of your life.

Love, Hannah

 

PFLAG Events for March

PFLAG’s mission is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.  PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

PFLAG was the first support organization I heard of when I was growing up.  I attended their meetings a few years ago and found it was a supportive and inclusive community.  PFLAG is a wonderful group, especially for our spouses and family members and I am happy to promote the events the Twin Cities chapter has scheduled.

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Have you ever heard someone say that it’s not possible to be transgender AND a Christian?  Do you have questions about the verses in the Bible that talk about things like clothing and gender roles?  Not sure how to hold on to your faith and love your nonbinary teen?

Join Austen Hartke as he leads a journey through Christian scripture, digging into the passages used against transgender people, and highlighting the stories of the Bible’s gender-non-conformers.
Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution.
Austen also enjoys working with gender-diverse youth and families as the Faith Coordinator for the nonprofit organization Gender Spectrum.
As a transgender person of faith, Austen’s greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.
Austen Hartke is the author of “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians,” a new book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018.
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 Please join us for our March program and support groups.
Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30 – 8:45 pm.
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Theater Latte Da will be performing Hedwig and the Angry Inch this spring!  It runs from March 27th until May 5th at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.

From the press release:

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) Theater Latté Da announces the cast for John Cameron Mitchell’s genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing sensation Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Winner of 2014 Tony award for Best Musical Revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch features music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Annie Enneking and Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein co-direct the production with Music Director Jason Hansen. Performances begin March 27 at the Ritz Theater (345 13th Avenue NE in Minneapolis). Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003.

“Groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time,” says Entertainment Weekly, this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing rock score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Winner of the 2014 Tony award for Best Musical Revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an inspiration to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Peter Rothstein co-directs Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Annie Enneking, who shares, “I’m obsessed with notions of transcendence, the problems of love, and the vitality behind radical self-definition.” Rothstein adds, “I have long admired this radical piece of musical theater and am thrilled to re-imagine it with this extraordinary team of artists.”

The production stars Tyler Michaels King as Hedwig and Jay Owen Eisenberg as Yitzhak. Michaels has starred in several productions with Theater Latté Da including Assassins, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, and Cabaret.  This production marks Eisenberg’s debut with Latté Da. A director, actor, and teaching artist, he has appeared in productions at Children’s Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, and Open Eye Figure Theatre, among others. Joining them live on stage as the Angry Inch band are Chicago-based guitarist Jakob Smith, bassist and multi-musician/artist/producer Mayda Miller, and drummer Jendeen Forberg, founder and leader of Wolverines Big Band.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch features scenic design by Michael Hoover, costume design by Alice Fredrickson, lighting design by Mary Shabatura, sound design by Alex Ritter, and properties design by Abbee Warmboe.

Theater Latté Da is an award-winning Twin Cities musical theater company that combines music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. The company seeks to create new connections between story, music, artist, and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater.  www.latteda.org

Hedwig and the Angry Inch contains strong language and adult themes and is not intended for audiences 13 years and younger.

I hope to see you there!

Love, Hannah

Little Black (Mesh) Dress!

This is the second outfit that I wore for my teeny-tiny photo shoot with Shannonlee  last month.   When I first started to dress beyond lingerie, I was really, really into little black dresses.   I have quite a few of them but every once in a while I find one that I HAVE to have.  This was one of them.  The slit is a little high but I don’t mind at all. 😉

Makeup expertly done by the fantastic Corrie Dubay.

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Love, Hannah