Four New York drag queens dish out crucial love and beauty advice

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Photography Oliver Mint

Published February 14, 2018

NAME: Serena Tea
AGE: 19
LOCATION: Bronx, born and raised.

What is your go-to dating advice?
Remember that you don’t need them, they need you honey!

How do you break the ice on a Valentine’s date?
Being comfortable with silence is key for me. I’m not a fan of small talk. It passes the time, but all we’re doing is exchanging facts as opposed to actually getting to connect on a personal level.

What song gets you in the mood for love?
Throw on any Lily Allen song and you’ll catch me in a corner crying about a five year relationship with a man that never existed.

NAME: West Dakota
AGE: 23
LOCATION: Brooklyn, by way of the DMV.

What’s the best sex-proof makeup?
Tap a bit of lipstick on your cheeks and lips for color followed by a balm for a dewey highlight. Skip the foundation or anything that will stain your pillowcases.

What is your go to dating advice?
Don’t look at your date’s social media beforehand.

How do you break the ice on a Valentine’s date?
Don’t try to seem interesting, just be interested.

NAME: Panthera Lush
AGE: 25
LOCATION: Brooklyn, by way of Hilo, Hawaii.

What’s the best sex-proof makeup?
If any type of makeup you’re wearing lasts through sex, then you are having the wrong kind of sex.

What is your go-to dating advice?
Anything that has to be forced isn’t worth it. Chemistry and connection with a person should feel easy and comfortable, not like a chore.

What’s the best way to get “come to bed eyes”?
Cruising. I feel like this question is about cruising. And the first rule of cruising? Be confident. Confidence is a characteristic that will always be authentically seductive to me.

NAME: DYNASTY
AGE: 23
LOCATION: Brooklyn, by way of St. Louis, Missouri.

How do you break the ice on a Valentine’s date?
Be genuine! The conversation can all flow from there.

What song gets you in the mood for love?
“LetMeRideSoul!!!!!” by 9th Wonder gets me feeling mmm, oh so good.

What’s the best way to get “come to bed eyes”?
After you get that sexy cat eye on, it’s all about what your eyes are saying. You have to stare back deeply into his and say with your eyes,“Hey baby. I’m right here. Come and get it when you want it. But preferably right now.” All obviously in a very seductive way.