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From Raccoon-Eyes to Lopsided Lines, We’ve Compiled a List of All the Eyeliner Fails of Our Youth

Not everyone is a natural eyeliner savant. For the vast majority of us, it takes hours (10,000 to be exact) of intense practice and hard work to perfect the ultimate winged tip. Creating the perfect eyeliner look requires a lot of moving parts: hand placement and steadiness, an eye for symmetry, complete stillness, and high-quality makeup products.

The road to the perfect cat-eye is paved with traumatic experiences–most of which happen in your teens. When you’re young and just getting into the makeup game, your mornings are spent battling with pens, brushes, crayons, pencils, and markers. To become an eyeliner master, the price of admission is a lot of failures. FIERCE by Mitu has compiled a list of all of the struggles you have to go through when you first learn to put on eyeliner. Take a peek below!

1. Mind the Gap

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When you first start out applying eyeliner, sometimes you’re so concerned about getting the line the right length and width that you forget all about the actual placement of the eyeliner. That leaves you with a glaring gap between the eyeliner and the actual eye line. So frustrating. 

2. The Accidental Under-Eye Shadow 

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When you first start putting on eyeliner, you don’t even think about the fact that blinking too hard will cause an unwanted ring of black under your eye. Luckily, this is a pitfall that is easily avoided. Most of us learn quickly not to do any sort of blinking when applying eyeliner.

3. When Less Doesn’t Always Mean More

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There are two types of eyeliner beginners: the ones that go full-goth and walk around with two black eyes, and the ones that go the opposite direction. The latter type uses such a light hand that it’s hard to see any makeup on their eyes at all. We chalk this up to doubting their makeup skills. Luckily, this 

4. When You Accidentally Stab Yourself in the Eye

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There’s two downsides to the accidental-stabbing situation (which we’ve all been through). Number one: you’re in physical pain. Number two: your eye is watering so much that now you’ve not only ruined your eye makeup, but you’ve ruined the rest of your makeup due to the tears streaming down your face. 

5. There’s Such a Thing As Too Thick

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When you start on your eyeliner journey, you’re dealing with a lot of mistakes. A lot of newbies try to overcome these mistakes by just putting more product on. Unfortunately, this is another mistake. You can fix a problem by just adding more mess to it. The only thing that can truly make you better is practice. 

6. Investing in Cheap Products

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There’s a catch-22 for when you first start putting on makeup–not only are your skills shoddy, but you don’t even have the budget to invest in high-grade products. That means you’re doomed to have a wobbly eye-line with product that’s prone to smudging, flaking, and running. 

7. Uncertainty

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Sometimes, the problem isn’t necessarily in the skill. Sometimes, it’s all in your mind. When you second-guess yourself when you’re applying your eyeliner, the outcome is bound to be unsatisfactory. Have confidence in your abilities and you’re much more likely to end up with a successful look.

8. An Unsteady Hand

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Developing a steady-hand is arguably the hardest skill to solidify when learning how to apply your eyeliner. It takes loads of concentration and complete confidence in your abilities–two traits that are hard to come by as a young woman. 

9.  Only Applying Eyeliner On the Bottom

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The “bottom-only” look is a look that has almost completely gone out of style (thankfully). But back in the day, it was an unfortunate makeup trend that only those new to the makeup life ascribed to. 

10. Lopsided Eyes

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There’s nothing more frustrating than completing one eye perfectly and moving onto the other and utterly failing. When you’re just starting, the number of times you have to wipe one eye completely off and start from scratch is infuriating. 

11. When You Don’t Know Where To Start the Line

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This is one of those tricky eye-makeup meta-skills you only learn through doing. When you first learn to put on eyeliner, it’s a bit of a challenge to figure out where you want to start your eyeliner. In the corner? Mid-lid? Somewhere in-between? The choices seem endless!

12. The Famous Raccoon Look

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Another unfortunate right-of-passage in the eyeliner world, every makeup aficionado has to go too far before they discover the error of their ways and come back to the good side. We all had that phase in high-school where we looked like we learned to put on our eyeliner from Jack Skellington cosplay tutorials. 

 

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!