Painted With Raven, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race icon and Emmy-winning makeup artist, Raven is the first competition of its kind where makeup artists from across the country will compete remotely — from the comfort of their own homes! They’ll serve face in a series of challenges that will snatch wigs, and inspire makeup enthusiasts everywhere. The artist that emerges on top at the end of the season will be crowned the winner and receive a cash prize of $25,000.
Ahead of this Thursday’s new episode, we chatted with Matt Perkins (aka Crimsyn) one of the fiercely talented makeup artists competing to win the title of the Next Makeup Superstar this season.
What was your earliest memory of makeup?
My earliest memory of makeup was that my mom owned this huge silver makeup box in her bathroom. When you opened it up, it unfolded into 6 different compartments all holding eyeshadows, lipsticks…the whole shebang! And I was so fascinated by the box and everything that was in it! Funnily enough, when I started doing makeup 3 years ago, she actually gave me the box to store my makeup in! I cannot believe she kept it around for over 20 years!
What about makeup made you become passionate about it?
I am extremely fascinated by the aspect of transformation. I am a sewer, crafter, and costumer so makeup was just the next step for me. What draws me to makeup, even more, was the fast pace you are able to work in comparatively to creating costumes. It used to take me 3 months to create a large transformative costume, however, I can turn myself into a crazy, wild alien creature within 4-6 hours using makeup! So it really entices my ADHD in that aspect.
What is one of your favorite looks ever?
I’m not sure I have a favorite per se, however, I enjoy creating my large forehead alien creatures the most! It is a process I created all on my own, and it’s something I am proud of and really enjoy every time I get to use that technique!
Who do you look to for inspiration?
For inspiration, I typically will Google search things in nature. I love being inspired by the amazing things that are already living and existing. My Google search history literally states things such as “10 most amazing sea creatures”, “wonky forest plants”, “colorful birds”, etcetera. I love the patterns, textures, and color combinations that nature provides and I take inspiration from them!
What does being on Painted With Raven mean to you?
Being on Painted With Raven is such an honor! I sometimes reflect back on myself and feel so silly for slapping on makeup in my basement and pretending I’m a weird drag alien or something. However, being on the show creates a sense of validation that tells me that I am pointed in the right path in life.
What message do you hope viewers can take from seeing you on the show?
I hope to instill inspiration and creative vibes to the audience, but most importantly I hope the viewers take away that passion and dedication are so incredibly important! Being able to be passionate, dedicated, and putting in hard work will always pay off!
Watch more of Matt’s stunning looks on Painted With Raven Thursdays at 12 p.m. (EST)/9 a.m. (PST) on WOW Presents Plus worldwide.