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"You cannot get your feelings of beauty and confidence from anyone but yourself. That is one of the ultimate gifts that you have to give to yourself." My favorite line from Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez during her makeup routine video for Vogue.


She starts with applying her daily Sunscreen, which I was so proud of to see. SPF is so important! For her base, she'll choose between Estee Lauder's Double Wear (when taking photos) or NARS Tinted Moisturizer for usual days.


She moves on to use the following in her routine:

  • Beauty Blender for blending her tinted moisturizer or foundation

  • Color Corrector under eye and around nose - she likes using fingers because the warmth of fingers breaks down product

  • Tarte's infamous Shape Tape Concealer

  • Fenty Beauty contour stick, accentuating existing features as she doesn't try to change the way it looks with contour

  • Brushes brows upward with what we like to call a spoolie aka a brow brush

  • Anastasia Beverly Hill (ABH) brow pencil fill in lightly

  • ABH GLOW highlighter palette (one of my faves!)

  • Tarte shadow palette all over lid from the Flirt palette

  • Pencil eyeliner on lash line

  • Eyelash curler

  • Tarte mascara


Cortez goes on to admit she loves to experiment with glittery eyeshadows but she used to fear those shimmery colors, afraid she would be judged by her colleagues and it would diminish her voice. "As the youngest woman in Congress and as a woman of color, its so hard to be taken seriously."


I really commend her for showing us her routine to show that every day women, who are not professional makeup artists, like myself, actually CAN do their own makeup. Even though the MUA in me really wanted to pass homegirl a blending brush through the screen for her eyeshadow. But still...kudos to AOC! She did a great job. So great that I was pleasantly surprised at how well her winged liner came out...with a pencil.


During her grand finale, she shares with us the popular red lip color we've seen her wear multiple times in the news. The Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso by Stila Cosmetics. It's her go-to for longevity since she doesn't have time to touch up throughout the day. She reminded us of our days of knocking on people's doors during her preliminary campaigning and she knew the red lipstick would help her shine, and bring out her confidence. After all, red lips is the Latina way! Her technique is a smart one for a lip color of this texture: she starts in the middle and works her way out.


If there's anything to take away from this video, it's "The key to beauty is an inside job...No makeup can compensate for loving yourself...That is the one foundation for everything."

Updated: Sep 25, 2020


before and after makeup for wedding guest

Meet my God Sister, Jacqueline. She attended the same wedding my company was hired for hair and makeup last week. If you're up for laughs, check her prior makeover video on my IGTV. ๐Ÿ˜


๐’๐ค๐ข๐ง:


๐ŸŒŸ Jacqueline here has a few sun spots from all her years spent on sunny ๐Ÿ vacations. The easy way to prevent them is a face SPF. ๐Ÿงด


๐ŸŒŸ Got them already? You can apply a brightening serum & moisturizer during the day, which usually has ๐ŸŠ Vitamin C. I like those that contain Vitamin C ESTER โ€“ because its more potent than traditional Vit C, less acidic, and safe to wear in the sun.


๐ŸŒŸ I recommend the @PerriconeMD Vitamin C Ester Photo Brightening Moisturizer (contains SPF 30) and the @OneLoveOrganics Vitamin C Serum (which can be used as a moisturizer as well).


๐…๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง:


๐ŸŒŸ If you have sun โ˜€๏ธ spots, I recommend a full-coverage foundation. I used the Ultra Foundation in # 8 by @FaceAtelier โ€“ sheโ€™s pretty tan right now but most of my Latina clients ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพfall between a number 4 and 7 range with this line. My friend Stacey put me on to this foundation about 3 years ago and I never went back.


๐ŸŒŸ I usually use it on my ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿพ bridal parties since it is pretty water resistant and lasts longer because itโ€™s silicone-based. So itโ€™s great for long โฐ daysโ€ฆ


๐ŸŒŸ It is a dewey ๐Ÿ’ฆ finish, but if youโ€™re oily like me and Jacqueline, youโ€™ll want to set it with a powder. My fave setting powder? Easy. Translucent Setting Powder by @LauraMercier.


๐„๐ฒ๐ž๐ฌ:


๐ŸŒŸ In case you were wondering, I used 2 colors from the ๐Ÿ‘ 35V Stunning Vibes eyeshadows, one of the original @MorpheBrushes eyeshadow palettes.


๐ŸŒŸ Lid: color โ€œIn The Zoneโ€ ยท Crease: โ€œVixenโ€ ยท and A LOT of Black Eyeliner.

Updated: Sep 25, 2020


If you have puffy eyes from being a stay-at-home mom for the last 6 months, hereโ€™s a few tips below you can try. ๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐‘๐ž๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฒ๐ž๐ฌ.


๐ŸŒŸ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. Apply a wet, cold ๐Ÿฅถ washcloth under the eyes for a few min.


๐ŸŒŸ๐„๐ฒ๐ž ๐†๐ž๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ. I love the Rejuvenating daytime patches by Patchology because they have caffeine ๐Ÿต which reduce puffiness, and the Cucumber eye gels by Peter Thomas Roth, which are also cooling and detoxifying. Leave on for 10 min.


๐ŸŒŸ๐‚๐ฎ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ. Make sure the cucumber ๐Ÿฅ’ is cooled from the fridge and after cutting in slices, apply them on your eyes until they they no longer feel cold.


๐ŸŒŸ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐“๐ž๐š ๐๐š๐ ๐ฌ. Because the caffeine โ˜•๏ธ increases circulation, this is a great home remedy. Wet the 2 bags and refrigerate for 20 min before putting the eyes for about 15 min.


๐ŸŒŸ๐„๐ฒ๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ. Roll back and forth to reduce inflammation. You can also do this with your eye gel patches on! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like to keep my roller in the fridge as well.

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