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Check Out These LGBTQ+ People Turning The Beauty Guru World Upside Down

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The LGBTQ community is setting a new bar of strength, unity, and absolute fabulosity. Double tapping the gender-bending, mesmerizingly precise and stunning work of LGBTQ beauty boys, trans models, and pioneers in the industry is an act of defiance against toxic beauty standards and the patriarchy.

Our community is breaking through barriers that have kept us in the shadows. Behold, the beauty gurus of 2019 that will bring you uninterrupted beautiful queer inspo all year long.

Manny MUA

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Manny MUA is the most famous Latino LGBTQ beauty guru, with over 4 million YouTube subscribers and 4 million followers on Instagram. MUA grew up in a Mormon family and was sent to conversion therapy as a teenager. His family let him stop after he became clinically depressed.

Follow @mannymua733 for looks like this:

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At first, he wanted to become a plastic surgeon but is transforming faces without scalpels left and right. In December 2017, he posted a video opening up about his diagnosis with vitiligo, a condition that looks like patches of skin losing their pigmentation.

Carmen Carrera

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We first met Carmen Carrera on RuPaul’s Drag Race before she transitioned. She’s been admired since day one for her natural beauty and is a transgender activist first and foremost. She even called out RuPaul himself for his transphobic segments on the show, since removed after her public protests.

Follow @carmen_carrera to see her supermodel stardom.

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Today, she is a proud Latina trans activist, and has graced magazine covers, walked runways and become an ambassador to elite gym Equinox. Fans have petitioned Victoria’s Secret to invite Carrera to walk the runway, but the company continues to ignore and exclude trans people from their shows.

Gabriel Zamora

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Born and raised in Houston, Zamora’s parents moved from Mexico to Texas to give their kids a better life. English wasn’t really permitted in the house. He told VivaLa about how his bond with his parents has helped him become who he is today: “I know I’m one of the luckiest people in this world to have the mother that I have because I knew many people who didn’t have accepting parents. My mother loves me unconditionally. There are no ifs, ands, or buts — she loves me.”

Follow @gabrielzamora for unabashed self-love.

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“You just have to be yourself, and you have to embrace yourself and find out why you’re different and enjoy that. I think that’s what makes me me because I am Latino, I am a gay male, and I wear makeup. I embrace all those three things and I think my social media family loves that I do. Not because I am that, but because I, myself, embody that and they can hopefully see something in me that they can see in themselves — and they can hopefully like it,” he told VivaLA.

Glam Boy Jay

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Based in Los Angeles, this is as natural as you’ll ever see Glam Boy Jay get on his feed. After scrolling through his feed and being in awe, you will quickly be reminded on his YouTube channel that he is just a nervous, relatable teenage boy like anyone else.

Follow @glamboyjay and try to not be totally entranced by his realness & beauty.

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While his makeup is forever flawless, edgy, y a veces in stunning drag, you need to follow him for his acrylics game. Dale.

Alex Faction

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Known as Alex Rivera by his mother, Alex isn’t going to show you how to look anything but flawless. He graduated from beauty school, unlike all our mothers, and has since delved into optical illusion theatrical makeup.

Follow @alexfaction for pro makeup artist effects.

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Know how we all love J.Lo’s Halloween makeup looks? That’s Alex’s work. Follow his YouTube channel if you’re looking for that dead mariachi or terrifying calavera look.

Kehlani

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Yes, Kehlani is best known for her beats, but don’t tell me you don’t scroll through her feed and drool. She is the pansexual beauty icon we need in our lives. Whether her aesthetic is black and white or giant sunflowers everywhere, she’s inspiring us all.

As if you don’t follow @kehlani already.

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Follow her for that I-should-just-do-whatever-the-f-I-want mood we’re all seeking in 2019. This is your year. Kehlani can help with that.

Patricia Yurena

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Yurena is obviously gorgeous, which might have contributed to her crowning as Miss Spain and Miss World in 2008… and then again as Miss Universe Spain and Miss Universe in 2013. She came out as a lesbian the year after her last crowning, in 2014.

Follow @patriciayurena for femme beauty queen vibes.

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Patricia should be commended for her courage to come out in an industry that so explicitly values beauty for the consumption of men. Her femme vibes are for female consumption.

The Cruelty Free Vanity

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Mexicana beauty blogger, Eli, isn’t going to show you the most dramatic makeup art you’ll ever see, but everything she touches is plant-based and not tested on animals. If you’re interested in natural makeup, but can’t afford to drop the dough on everything you see, the CFV will give you an honest taste.

Follow @thecrueltyfreevanity for natural beauty tips that don’t break the bank.

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Follow @thecrueltyfreevanity if you’re looking to actually apply a few low-key beauty tips in your life. You can forever opt for a natural look and forever need to double tap Manny Mua’s maravilla posts.

Patricia Velasquez

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Patricia Velasquez rose to international stardom as a young woman. She became the first of many titles, including the first indigenous supermodel, the first Latina supermodel and so much more.

After decades in the closet, she came out in a memoir, Straight Walk, in 2014 as an out and proud lesbian.

Follow @TayaBeauty to support her new brand.

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Since then, she’s launched her very own brand that uses rainforest botanicals, no GMOs, no animal testing and no harsh chemicals. Did anyone try these yet? We’re curious.

Karamo Brown

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In the last year alone, Karamo Brown has skyrocketed to fame with Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye. As the culture expert, you wouldn’t expect him listed as a beauty guru, but who says you can’t be both?

Follow @karamo to see this full package in action.

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The truth is that Brown is the guru of many things. He started out as a model, became a social worker, and then jumped back into the entertainment industry. On Queer Eye and in life, he’s completely open about wearing makeup on the daily and guess what? Men wearing makeup no longer has to be a “statement.” It just is, and for all these people listed, we’re grateful.


READ: 22 LGBTQ+ Latinos Who Are Changing The World

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This Latina Beauty Blogger is Documenting Her Acne Struggles To Help Others Like Her

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This Latina Beauty Blogger is Documenting Her Acne Struggles To Help Others Like Her

We live in a culture where hiding who you are, particularly on social media, is accepted as normal. From nip/tucks to Instagram filters, it’s rare social media users see the real “warts and all” picture when scrolling through their feed. That’s why Latina beauty blogger Rocio Cervantes is such a breath of fresh air in the online beauty world. Although her profession makes her part of a world that Photoshops and Facetunes every picture within an inch of its life, Cervantes is upfront about her ongoing struggle with cystic acne.

Cervantes has made it her mission abolish the stigma around acne–a skin condition that affects millions of Latinas.

Cervantes first made waves back in September when she showcased a truly creative way to deal with her acne. In a Youtube video titled “You Are Beautiful, Acne Or Not”, Cervantes created one of her classic full coverage looks with a twist. But this time, she refused to conceal her imperfections. Instead, she put star-shaped stickers over her blemishes and applied her foundation as usual. This technique created a “starburst” effect around her acne that resulted in a face full of beautiful constellations.

Cervantes explained that this creative look of making stars out of her blemishes “came out of frustration” after she was “thinking of how it would be if [she] didn’t have acne”. According to her, shortly after having this thought, she felt ashamed for wishing she was different because she realized that she’s perfect the way she is. but don’t see themselves reflected in the media.

To many, Cervantes is a body-positive role model for people who struggle with their skin.

“I hope acne and this skin acceptance continues to be an open topic,” Cervantes said. “Because it’s important that acne or any skin condition is normalized”.

In her latest effort, Cervantes is experimenting with foundation for those dealing with acne.

Cervantes has continued to break barriers with her honest and candid conversations about her acne struggle, most recently creating a series of videos where she tries out and reviews foundation made for acne-prone skin. The series, entitled “Acne vs. Foundation”, discusses everything from products’ shade range to their coverage (or lack thereof). And if that doesn’t convince you to subscribe, Cervantes even conducts her tutorials in Spanish makeup on occasion.

One thing’s for sure, and that’s that Cervantes has quite a few loyal Latina fans on Twitter.

Rocio you are literally everything this beauty community neeeds.

— M a r c i a 🔮 (@MarciaLanaXO) September 17, 2018

This Twitter user recognized how groundbreaking Cervantes’ work is–and how the online beauty community needs more gurus like her.

This Latina gave Cervantes props for using makeup as a means to uplift and inspire.

Makeup may seem frivolous to some people, but to many, it’s a means of self-expression.

This Latina let Cervantes know that her acne-normalizing look, known as the “Starburst,” was worth celebrating.

You look beautiful what amazing confidence I see in this picture 😊

— J|VE$❤ (@IaChuIa) September 18, 2018

Cervantes’ whole aim behind revealing her flaws is to make a positive impact on the online beauty community.

This Latina just wanted to blow up Cervantes’ artistic skills, which are definitely worth mentioning.

I’m shook at how good it is ..: the patience … the time … the dedication … pic.twitter.com/4kB2FXshO7

— Michelle Mercado (@michmer88) September 17, 2018

Not only is Cervantes a trailblazer, but she’s talented too.

This woman let Cervantes know how her work was impacting her life personally.

This made me feel so much comfortable with myself, since I’m always trying to hide my acne, thank you so much for this

— victoria (@PolarizedDolans) September 18, 2018

Sometimes, all it takes is a role model to make people feel less alone in the world. Cervantes’ transparency with her acne struggle is all some people will need to feel more confident in their own skin.

10 Things You Should Know About Acne and 10 Old Latino Remedies To Try Out

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10 Things You Should Know About Acne and 10 Old Latino Remedies To Try Out

Acne is a problem that many of us deal with beginning from puberty onward. Like many health issues, its causes are numerous and varied, meaning it can be much more complex to fix than we’d like to believe. Although it’s unlikely that you’ll discover a miracle cure that takes care of all your acne woes, knowing what leads to acne in the first place will help you make informed decisions about your approach to skincare.

Check out these 10 facts about acne below, and then read up on 10 Latino-inspired remedies that could potentially work wonders for your skin.

Acne happens at any age.

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While acne is often thought of as a problem just for teens, the reality is that it’s common for people of all ages. Sadly, breakouts can still happen well into your 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Diet can affect acne, too.

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They say that you are what you eat, and when it comes to acne, that rule definitely still applies. Some foods, like chocolate and dairy, are rumored to be triggers for acne.

PMSing probably means more pimples.

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As if mood swings, cramps, and bloating aren’t bad enough when it’s that time of the month, acne is also likely to ramp up when you’re PMSing as well. Hormonal shifts during your cycle are the main culprit for menstrual acne.

Washing your face isn’t a surefire way to avoid acne.

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You’d think that taking extra good care of your face — i.e. washing it religiously every day and anytime you’re removing makeup — would essentially guarantee an acne-free life. But acne doesn’t discriminate, and it can strike even if you’re a dedicated face washer.

Makeup can be a culprit.

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Speaking of makeup, as much fun as it is to get dolled up, all of those products can wreak havoc on your skin. Sleeping in makeup is probably the cardinal sin of skincare — it can cause clogged pores, breakouts, and irritation.

Clear skin doesn’t always last forever.

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Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Even when things are going well — and it looks like all is clear — it’s probably only a matter of time before a breakout takes place, simply because your skin makes up such a large part of your body.

Yes, stress is a cause.

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Odds are you’ve heard this hundreds of times before: Stress is not great for your skin. Stress releases the hormone cortisol, which can mess with other hormones and lead to various skin problems like breakouts, irritation, and redness.

Tanning isn’t a solution.

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Wouldn’t it be nice if a sunkissed glow could mask even the nastiest of breakouts? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Even if you’re still rocking that tan from sitting poolside all summer, that won’t stop acne from rearing its ugly head.

Popping pimples isn’t a good idea.

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Although squeezing a zit or blackhead can be incredibly satisfying, it’s not the best way to handle acne. Try to hold off on the popping in order to allow your skin to heal on its time.

Workouts may be worsening your acne.

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Unsurprisingly, sweat rubbing up against your body during a workout can affect the likelihood of a breakout taking place. Taking a shower and changing into fresh clothes ASAP following a sweat session is your best defense against these workout-induced acne problems.

Vick’s VapoRub

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Vick’s VapoRub is basically legendary for Latinos everywhere. It can supposedly cure a whole host of ailments, from achy joints to the common cold. Why not give it a go to help out with any of those pesky acne problems?

Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera contains antibacterial properties that can be beneficial for dealing with breakouts and reducing redness. It also works to keep bacteria from infecting acne hotspots where pimples are most concentrated.

Tequila

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In certain Latino circles, tequila is hailed as a cure-all. It’s often suggested as a remedy for fighting off colds and sore throats, but why not see if it can combat acne, too? Hey, it’s worth a shot.

Manzanilla tea

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Otherwise known as chamomile tea, this popular drink might as well double as a magical elixir. Manzanilla has antibacterial effects, meaning it can help out when it comes to treating acne. Mix it with a little honey to create an all-natural moisturizing face mask.

Onions and honey

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It might seem like a strange combination, but onions and honey can create quite the bacteria-fighting duo. They’re both natural disinfectants that can help you deal with bacterial infections on the skin.

Apple cider vinegar

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Like many other kinds of vinegar, apple cider vinegar has properties that can ward off bacteria and viruses of all varieties. It may also be particularly helpful for lessening the appearance of acne scars, thanks to the lactic acid found in most bottles of vinegar.

Cinnamon and honey

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Yep, honey is making another appearance on the list, proving once again that it’s one of the most versatile all-natural ingredients for fighting acne out there. Combine it with a couple of sprinkles of cinnamon — which has several antioxidants — to help reduce inflammation.

Lemon juice

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Lemon juice is widely thought to be a great solution for dealing with acne. It has mildly astringent qualities that can get rid of oiliness, and its brightening properties may alleviate redness while decreasing the visibility of acne scars.

Ginger

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Ginger is another natural astringent that can help prevent wrinkles and get rid of acne-causing bacteria. You can make a topical ginger juice by mixing it with a little water. Add — what else? — honey for some moisturizing qualities.

Estafiate

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This herb, commonly found throughout Mexico, is often used to deal with cramps and stomach aches. However, it can also be used to make a salve that soothes burns and bruises.

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