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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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There Are Just So Many Reasons Why We Adore Valentina From 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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There Are Just So Many Reasons Why We Adore Valentina From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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Valentina popped into our world on season nine of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and we were instantly captivated by her eyes. Or we should say, her makeup, round her eyes, or her face, no it was her hair. Let’s just say we love everything about Valentina, and a big reason for that is because she brings so much of her Latinidad to the show.

The 27-year-old LA native, whose real name is James Andrew Leyva, is a star and there should be no question about that. If you need some kind of proof, take this: he only became a professional drag queen roughly ten months before filming “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” How can one transform from hot guy to hot drag queen? Well, Valentina is Latina, and you know Latinas can do anything.

Just because Valentina didn’t win her season, doesn’t mean we’ll never see her again. In fact, she is far from leaving our radar.

We’ll soon see Valentina as Angel Dumott Schunard in the Broadway show Rent in Fox’s live version of the musical that will air on Jan. 27.

Here are just a few reasons why we love Valentina.

A star is born: the creation of Valentina’s name.

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Valentina said she got her name from various Latin cultural references including a character out of a Pedro Almodovar. She also said the name is like the protagonist from a novela. Valentina also said she loves the hot sauce (named Valentina), and Valentino the designer.

How James transforms into Valentina.

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Valentina said on season nine that he loves getting into drag. The whole process becomes like a ritual, he puts on the right kind of music, has some wine, lights a candle, and clearly whatever he has to do to become the goddess that he is more power to him.

Valentina always brings the comedy.

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Valentina basically represents all our moods, but she’s just a lot prettier when showing them.

Valentina burst onto the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stage as a hot mariachi diva.

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“I’m from East L.A. representing Mariachi Plaza.” Yasssss queen!

We don’t know who we love more, James or Valentina. Good thing we don’t have to choose.

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He is so cute without the makeup, but when he becomes Valentina, well, we are blown away.

Valentina’s confidence is sky high.

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On episode two, Valentina came face-to-face with Lady Gaga herself and was not intimidated one bit. Valentina thanked Lady Gaga for her support of the gay community and for being a bad ass drag queen herself. In fact, Lady Gaga loved Valentina as her best Lady Gaga in blue hair. She said she wanted to cry when she was on the runway, which is why Valentina won this competition as Lady Gaga.

She’s an ice princess with a heart.

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From the very first episode of season nine, Valentina was a threat and everyone knew it. Then she started winning competitions, so, of course, people are gonna hate the winners. Despite some seeing her as a threat (or a villain), Valentina’s heart always came through on the show. We especially liked her as Princess Vira, which some judges compared to the legend supermodel Linda Evangelista.

Just because she’s a baby queen, doesn’t mean she can’t rule…in fact, she does!

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Valentina gets a lot of crap for being so young and so successful as a drag queen even though she’s only been in the industry for a couple of years now, while other queens have been strutting down the runway for years. Do not come for the queen just because of her age, when you got it, you know it.

She’s a triple threat.

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Did you watch Valentina as Kendall Jenner? The Kardashians (or Jenners) have nothing on this queen, and it makes perfect senes why Valentina would be cast in the new “Rent” musical. She’s such a performer!

Bold and beautiful

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Valentina as Madonna was probably one of the best moments on RuPaul’s Drag Race, everrrrrr! Why, you ask? When the queens are told to come out as their best Madonna, everyone did a basic look, but it was Valentina who came out as Madonna’s boldest look: NUDE! She rocked that runway with two black strips and a cigarette, looking as fierce and beautiful as ever.

Valentina, the drag queen equivalent to Selena Quintanilla.

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Valentina was confronted about her hateful fans that flat out threatened other queens on the show. Valentina, in a very graceful manner, informed RuPaul that the Latino culture is very protective of people they love. She went further and said her fan base (Latinos) is basically the type of adoration that Selena had in the ’90s. Speak your truth, girl!

Valentina is all about love never hate.

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During season nine, Valentina’s fans — while amazing — talked too much sh*t about the other constants on the show. They went so far as to send death threats to Valentina’s competitors, which is insane. James had to go on his social media to tell his fans to stop it. He said he didn’t want people to think the Latino culture was all about hate, homophobia or transphobia. The poor thing was in tears. But he was such a good example and did the right thing by telling them to stop. The fans, however, haven’t. Though Valentina continues to check them whenever they get out of hand, as they have recently.

Valentina lives for the drama.

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There’s a reason why Latinos get so emotional, we cry about anything! We’re so dramatic even over the slightest things…okay, enough with the generalizations, but Valentina brought that emotion when she played Miss Universe, we mean Miss Colombia. She was epic with those tears!

We were all rooting for you.

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When Valentina was eliminated on episode nine, we finally saw her in her most vulnerable. We have all been there: frozen when the boss tells us what to do. For whatever reason, sometimes, as bold as we might be, we cannot move, and that was Valentina in her final runway. James said himself that he isn’t sure why he didn’t remove his mask before he began to lip sync and try to stay in the competition, he just froze.

She’s an all-star.

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As an “All Stars 4” contestant, we’re loving that Valentina is back and bringing her Latin vibe to the show. We missed her! Will she win the crown this time around? We will just have to wait and see.

Valentina keeps it real during Drag Queen Carpool.

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If you ever find yourself in a car with icon RuPaul be sure to bring your best game face. Valentina worked hard that entire ride. Whether she was speaking about herself and her Latino culture, or working it right along RuPaul, she never stopped. She has tenacity and spirit that is undeniable.

She’s multifaceted.

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As more and more people discover the talent that Valentina bestows, it’s extraordinary to witness her star grow. Later this month, we will see James as a completely different character in the new live version of the musical “Rent” on Fox.

Dreams do come true.

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James has said, since day one, that Valentina’s creation is something out of a movie or telenovela. Next month that creation is coming to life on a theater stage!

A cultural icon.

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Becoming a reality star is never an indication that you will be remembered forever. In fact, they’re usually forgotten. There are some that go on to have burgeoning careers and lives in Hollywood. Valentina is one of those people that is going to be part of cultural radar for a long time to come.

Valentina is our Latina goddess.

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Whether she’s acting out her best Snookie or old-school 90210 character, Valentina is all her own. We have seen her shine, learn, and grow into the Valentina we know and love today. We can’t wait to see what else she brings to the game.


READ: The 24 Slayingest Latina Queens From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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