First was the hair, shaved back to the crown to allow more room for eye makeup. Second was the makeup, acres of eye shadow topped by McDonald’s-arch eyebrows; lashes so long they preceded the wearer; and a huge scarlet mouth. Third were the clothes: shimmering, skintight numbers...So coat your teeth with chewed-up potato chip, smear the dirt and egg white on your face, load up that brassiere with lentils: An artist has died.
The entire budget for “Pink Flamingos,” Mr. Waters said, was $10,000.
That left little to spend on costumes beyond sequins (absolutely essential), staples (to hold the costumes together) and lentils (see below). ...
Like his costumes, Mr. Smith’s makeup was the stuff of riotous nightmare. It was often made from common household ingredients, including dirt (used as foundation), egg whites (when dry, they lent the face a scabrous look) and potato chips (the crumbs made teeth appear plaque-ridden).
Then there were the lentils. These, as Mr. Smith discovered after much experimenting, made natural-looking prosthetic breasts for Divine. They moved better than socks.
ADDED: To see the full effect of Smith's design and to hear the answer to the question "Could you give us some of your political beliefs?," click -- NSFW! -- here.