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Manny MUA Is A Master When It Comes To Makeup And These Stunning Looks Prove Why

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Manny MUA (short for Make Up Artist) is thee Latino beauty boy you need to have on your feed right now. Born as Manuel Guitierrez, Manny MUA has become a beauty guru icon, proving that there are no stereotypes, only creative expression of your true self. In the last few years, people of color have been busting the white heteronormative myths around beauty.

Let it be known that you should authentically live your self-expression, whether you’re a hairy, makeup-less andro Latina, or a hairy, gorgeous, makeup professional. Trust, his story will stun you even more than his looks.

Manny “MUA” Gutierrez was born in a Mormon family.

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He has two younger brothers, along with the most precious papito puppy hijo ever seen. Absorb this photo, because it’s the most natural you’ll see Manny.

His family sent him to conversion therapy as a teenager.

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After six months of ‘treatment’ to “reverse the effects of being gay,” he became clinically depressed. His family let him come home.

At first, he wanted to become a plastic surgeon.

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He went to San Diego State University for his bachelor’s degree and was set on going to medical school. Obviously, things went a different way for him.

Gutierrez was career-inspired after watching his mom do her makeup.

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We’ve all been there: watching our mami’s open their treasure chest of shimmery loose eye shadow, applying glitter with different makeup wands. My own mother puts on fake eyelashes almost every day. It’s a whole production that either inspires or horrifies.

Gutierrez fell in love with makeup and started working at Sephora and MAC counters.

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Are you not yet convinced that this is pure artistry? Give me this Día de los Muertos look ASAP.

He started a makeup tutorial channel in 2014.

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His channel tells you how to get these looks from start to finish. He also shares his first impressions of new palette releases, beauty tips and will collab with other icons like Bretman Rock.

His channel now has over 425 million views.

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His Instagram following has grown to 4 million followers both on Instagram and on YouTube. Where else can you find looks like this?

Obviously, he has his own makeup products.

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He collaborated with Makeup Geek on an eye shadow palette, has some lip products with Ofra cosmetics. Jeffree Star Cosmetics has a couple highlighters and lipsticks created by Gutierrez.

Jeffree Star and he were sued for their collab product packaging.

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Black Moon sued the two for copyright and trademark infringement, alleging that Jeffree Star Cosmetics copied their logo. All we know is that the duo told Cosmopolitan this:

“The issue has been resolved. The Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA collaboration will launch as planned on April 8th. We are so grateful for the continued support of our fans and are excited to share this moment with them.”

He seems to be inspired by any and every thing.

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Caption: “*watches The Walking Dead once*”

Be careful what you show him, comadres. He might haunt you in your nightmares.

Like this Pikachu inspired look:

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Caption: “Just out here… lookin for an Ash to catch me ⚡️-Okay but seriously after watching the new trailer for Detective Pikachu I haddddd to do something 😂 who’s your favorite Pokémon? Mines Milotic and Vaporeon 🤓”

His Halloween looks just get better every year.

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Like, is that a sexy cartoon skeleton? I’m so confused by all these feelings, Manny.

And Día de los Muertos? Bellos.

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When you want to go hard but still be cute and pretty on Nov. 1, you go to @MannyMUA on YouTube. You could also go to cosmetology school because this looks delicate and contoured and beautiful as heck.

It’s hard to beat his 2016 Muertos look.

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It’s one of his most liked pictures ever. That must have taken so much time to sequin your own face. The paciencia he was gifted with at birth is unparalleled.

He shared recently that he was diagnosed with vitiligo.

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That’s when the melanin pigment that makes us have brown skin slowly disappears. Manny isn’t crying about it though. It’ll make his mascara run. Plus, have you checked the vitiligo goddesses on the runway lately? Everyone is beautiful.

In 2017, he was announced as the first male brand ambassador for Maybelline.

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His own Instagram description says it all: “I think boys deserve just as much cosmetic recognition💄😘 ”

He was only the second male beauty brand spokesperson ever at the time.

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James Charles was announced as the spokesperson for CoverGirl in October 2016, but it wasn’t until the following year that another beauty boy was chosen.

In April 2017, he made it to People‘s “Most Beautiful” list.

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He was the only boy to be listed. Do we agree or do we agree that he deserves to be on that list? ✔️

Just last year, he made it to Forbe’s annual list of “30 under 30.”

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The beauty influencer was listed in the Art & Style section which is described by Forbes as “creating and designing the future of fashion and the arts.” He was joined on the list with the CEO of Oliver Peoples, the founder of the Museum of Ice Cream, and other incredible artists.

You can find Manny on YouTube Premium’s “Escape the Night”.

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He’s starring in Season 3 as the Record Producer, pero también se puede ver all of his iconic looks on YouTube and Instagram, captioned with Bad Bunny quotes galore.


READ: Manny MUA Recruited His Brother To Do His Makeup And Fans Are Not Mad About Him Being In The Video

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Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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Here’s How A Goth Makeup Company Is Helping Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Economy After Hurricane Maria

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, businesses all over the island were devastated by the destruction. Some were able to reopen months, to a year later, while others had to close for good. While more established businesses such as resorts and restaurants had backing to get back on their feet, it was the independent companies that struggled to reopen. Necromancy Cosmetica, however, is thriving after resuming business as usual.

Puerto Rico-based Necromancy Cosmetica a gothic makeup company was closed for four months after Hurricane Maria.

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In an interview with Remezcla, Necromancy Cosmetica owners Desiree Rodríguez and Salvador Pérez talked about their joint venture which has a large social media following. The couple launched the brand four years ago but they said they almost had to shut down their store after the hurricane.

“The store was full of mold. It was total chaos,” Rodríguez told the publication. She adds that they had “like two free days. We got to work before we even knew how our families were doing. My family is from the west side of the island, and I didn’t hear from them for almost three weeks.”

The couple said that they had help locally, and abroad during the rebuilding process. They were able to sell their product online while they continued to work on reopening.

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Like many local businesses after the hurricane, Necromancy Cosmetica has survived because of loyal and proud Puerto Rican customers. While many people might think of colorful and tropical scenes when they think of Puerto Rico but the goth community needs representation. Just because you live on an island doesn’t mean you will look like you live on an island.

Puerto Rico’s economy is struggling as the island continues to recover from a storm that devastated everything and everyone. As the Puerto Rican economy tries to build up, it is the local stores like Necromancy Cosmetica that are giving the island the support it needs. The company might not be donating money to the recovery effort but pumping their money into the local economy creating a stream of tax revenue that the government relies on.

The owners take pride that their makeup line is vegan and cruelty-free.

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If you need more reason to check out the company, how about their stance for animals?

“These and all other Necromancy Cosmetica brand lipsticks are made with 100% vegan materials that have never been tested on animals, that means you can rest easy knowing that your wicked lips will always be on the up-and-up if you decide to join the Necromancy cult,” reads the Necromancy Cosmetica website. “Des and Zal work hard from their crypt in Puerto Rico to fulfill all the orders themselves and have high hopes for their independently owned, produced, and distributed non-liquid lipsticks. So take a look at their witchy works and get inspired.”

Necromancy Cosmetica is located at 59 Calle Arzuaga Local #3 Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Click here for more information on the products.

READ: Here Are 13 Latino Innovators That Prove Latinos Can Do Anything They Put Their Minds To

Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

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Support Women Of Color Businesses By Buying From These Fire Brands

There are a million reasons to love the summertime. Not only is it the season of ice cream and minimal clothing, but it’s also the time of year when our favorite brands release exciting collections in time for the hot months. And there’s arguably no collections we look forward to more than summertime makeup collections.

But like most major brands, many makeup collections are predominantly owned-and-operated by rich white men, which can be problematic if you’re trying to be more conscious about using your dollars to support women of color entrepreneurs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of new summer makeup collections in which women of color are the ones who are calling the shots. Check out the collections below and be sure to have your wallet ready!

1. Beauty Blender’s Limited Edition Yellow Sponge for Pride

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On June 1st, Latina-founded makeup company BeautyBlender launched a limited-edition lemon-yellow blending sponge called “Joy” in honor of Pride Month. Hurry and buy it before it runs out!

2. Vive Cosmetics Cremosa Matte Lipstick in “Rosita”

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Latina owned-and-operated company Vive cosmetics is releasing a new “muted rose pink” shade of their Cremosa Matte lipstick called “Rosita”. It currently retails of $17. Hurry up and snatch a tube before it sells out!

3. Melt Cosmetics “Impulsive” Pressed Pigment Palette

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Co-founded by Latina businesswoman Lora Arellano, Melt Cosmetics just released its Impulsive Eye Shadow Palette for Summer. It is described as a “18-shade palette” that “features two sides that tells the story of Melt Cosmetics and the customers who made this dream a reality”. Buy it here for $65.

4. Rizos Curls “Refresh and Detangle Spray”

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This Latina owned-and-operated natural hair line recently released an award-winning curl-refreshing spray just in time for the Summer heat. Buy it here for $19.99.

5. Reina Rebelde’s “The Perfect Labios Kit” by @Viva_Glam_Kay

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The “Makeup for Today’s Latina” brand is owned-and-operated by Latina businesswoman Regina Merson. Recently, she collaborated with Puerto Rican vlogger and makeup artist Kay-Lani Martinez to release an exciting makeup collection called “The Perfect Labios”. Buy it here.

6. Fenty

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On May 10th, Rihanna-owned beauty line Fenty launched a Summertime collection that included Satin Lipstick, Vivid Liquid Eyeliner, Lip Balm and a Lip-Loving Scrubstick. You can browse the new collection here or buy them at any Sephora location.

7. Lipmatic “Lipshines” Collection

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Black-owned cosmetic line Lipmatic is releasing their LipShines collection on June 15th. Buy the collection here.

8. Juvia’s Place “I Am Magic Foundation”

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Black-owned cosmetic company Juvia’s Place will be launching their “I Am Magic” foundation line. The product will be available in 42 shades and four undertones. Buy it here.

9. Ella’s Eve

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Latina-owned indie makeup startup Ella’s Eve Cosmetics is releasing new lipstick shades “Forever”, “Sweet”, “Melissa”, and “Naked” in time for the summer. Buy them here.

10. Huda Beauty “Neon Obsessions” Palette

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Not only is Iraqi-American makeup mogul Huda Kattan constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to new ideas and new products, but she’s an incredible example of what a WOC is capable of when it comes to business. Most recently, the makeup world is abuzz with her newly-released “Neon Obsessions ” eye shadow palette. You can buy the collection here.

11. Pat McGrath Blitztrance Lipstick in “Full Fantasy”

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Pat McGrath is a legend in the beauty industry. In 2015, she officially launched her makeup brand, Pat McGrath Labs which is now the premiere makeup line owned by a black woman in the US. Her most recent Blitztrance lipstick shade, “Full Fantasy” is a “mid-tone nude rose lit up with a golden sheen”. Buy here.

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