Alumnus Nathan Dennigmann Does Makeup Despite the Attention


Credit to Mackenzi Durrett

Alumnus Nathan Dennigmann applies lips gloss as his final step. Dennigmann usually spends two hours applying his makeup to make it look perfect.

By Anna Lindquist, Copy Editor

He closes his blinds and turns off the lights. He opens up his trifold makeup mirror, flicking the switch, lighting up his face. The shadows disappear, and he starts his meticulous makeup routine. Two hours ahead of him.

Moisturize. Sculpt eyebrows for 10 minutes while the moisturizer gets tacky. Saint Laurent foundation over the moisturizer.  Conceal, cream contour, powder contour nose. Move to contour jawline, forehead and chin with bronzer. Cut contour cheeks with powder to add seamlessness. Bake and wait. Then to highlights, to fake eyelashes, to lips.

December graduate Nathan Dennigmann has been practicing his makeup routine since the beginning of his junior year, starting with eyebrows but eventually moving to full-face. By the end of the summer of 2017, he had his routine down, getting inspiration from beauty gurus and YouTubers.

“I view my makeup as a form of self-expression,” Dennigmann said. “I like the way I look in it, especially doing only one eyebrow or my nose. I like looking at the difference in just my facial structure and what I can do.”

It’s uncommon for men to wear makeup, the aversion to femininity a big issue in society, according to Dennigmann. People see him in makeup and stare because of how out of the ordinary it is to see men outside of social media wearing makeup. He flaunts his makeup despite the looks, radiating confidence.

“It doesn’t bother me unless somebody would say something,” Dennigmann said. “It’s not something normal, it’s not an everyday thing that you see very often. I know people will pay more attention to me or stare because of it, so I’m not offended by it, but if someone says something, like whispers something to their friends, I do find that somewhat offensive. I decide to be confident as a response. I do hope someday that it’ll be more casual and it won’t be praised or frowned upon in any other way.”

Sometimes though, people are more forward. At Smashburger recently, someone came up to him after his friends left him at the table to grab drinks. The guy pulled out his phone and asked to record Dennigmann while he was in his full-face makeup, thinking it was funny, according to Dennigmann. The guy had claimed that he had a popular YouTube channel where he recorded random people for fun and Dennigmann was skeptical, calling him out.

“It was a big joke to him, and he was making fun of me,” Dennigmann said. “I told him no.”

All his friends and family were very supportive about his makeup, though. He started going through his mother’s makeup when he was a kid. It wasn’t too much of a surprise to his parents when he started getting into it more, developing his skills.

“We don’t compare in makeup abilities, so he didn’t learn anything from me at all,” his mother, Kim Weber-Dennigmann, said. “I do more minimalistic and conservative. It’s not near the amount or done with the level of skill that Nathan does his. His makeup is flawless, and he’s good at it. I think he enjoys seeing the finished product.”

Right now, he works at Beauty Brands, a salon on Mid Rivers. Eventually, if that’s the way his life goes, he wants to go to school to get his esthetician license and open his own salon. Until then, though, he is going to continue practicing makeup styles, improving and learning.

“I’m proud of Nathan,” senior and friend Kyleigh Macmann said. “He doesn’t care what anybody thinks, and he does his own thing. I know he gets so much attention for it and I know that can be hard sometimes. He’s also improved a lot from where he started. He’s gotten really good. I’m just proud.”