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This Mexican-American Has Mastered The Winged Eyeliner And Damn

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Meet Albert Bueno, a makeup magician.

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Okay. He isn’t literally a magician but he can do things with eyeliner that defy the laws of gravity.

Some of his looks have left makeup enthusiasts speechless.


Take this extravagant look above. How does one even get a winged liner so vertical, so sharp it could literally cut a bee?!

“I used a quill, una plumita, with the feather part stripped off so it is just the spine,” Bueno told mitú. “A lot of people were asking me about what I used because they couldn’t tell what it was.” So freakin creative! How does he even come up with this? 

Bueno’s skills are so distinctive even Kat Von D is a fan.


“I was really shocked,” Bueno told mitú about the care package Kat Von D Beauty sent him. “It was a validation that there are people in the makeup industry that appreciate what I do because still sometimes with the looks that I do, people consider them silly or not serious.”

His obsession with makeup started when he used to work as a birthday clown.

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Bueno told mitú that the first time he was a birthday clown was for a cousin’s birthday when a clown was unable to show up. “I always thought clowns were kind of funny and I liked how they looked,” Bueno told us. “I’ve always had an attraction to the way they painted their faces and I thought it was so cool.” Since then, Bueno has taken the act of doing makeup on himself for fun and has elevated it into art the reflects who he is as a person culturally.

Bueno told mitú that he draws inspiration for his looks from many different parts of his culture and life including Frida Kahlo.

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Bueno told mitú that he is inspired by Frida Kahlo and her use of “vibrant color.” As for the flowers above, Bueno credits that inspiration to his grandparents and their impressive garden.

“My grandparents’ garden is huge. They’ve always had big gardens. Even in California, when we were there [before moving to Nebraska], my grandpa would just stay outside for hours just watering his plants and tending to his garden,” Bueno said about his floral eye makeup. “I just felt like I would do the same thing but on my eye.”

But his biggest inspiration comes from his mother and her style when she was younger.

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“I always look at old pictures of her in high school and it’s cool to see the different looks that she would come up with,” Bueno told mitú. “I think that back then you didn’t really see too many people with a crazy double winged liner. I just think it is so cool to see that. It is like going back in time when I recreate the look that I used to see when I was little and used to think were so awesome.”

He also draws his inspiration from some of Hollywood’s first Mexican stars like Dolores Del Rio.


Bueno told mitú that he loves the look of Dolores Del Rio who was one of the first to rock the dark lips, dark eyes paired with the seductive hair wave. When he started to do makeup, and paint his hair on, Bueno used Del Rio as a template for how to do his own makeup.

As for other Latino men who have a similar love for makeup growing, Bueno says you should just go for it.

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“There is always going to be negativity no matter what but I also feel like there is such a positive community right now. People who are just cheering you on and I think it is just so much greater than the negative,” Bueno told mitú about pursuing your passions. “If you really love it then you have to go for it.”


READ: This Latina Keeps It 100 With Her Makeup Tutorial And It’s Funny AF

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Remakes Come And Go But Here Are Many Reasons Why Lynda Carter Is The Best Wonder Woman That Will Ever Live

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Remakes Come And Go But Here Are Many Reasons Why Lynda Carter Is The Best Wonder Woman That Will Ever Live

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Lynda Carter has forever written her name in Hollywood history thanks to her role as Princess Diana, also known as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince. She played the iconic superhero in a TV show that ran for four years (1975-1979), but her legacy lives on. She was born in 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides being a great person and an actress, she is also known for being a singer, songwriter, model, and beauty pageant titleholder. Having been born close to the border, it comes as no surprise that she has Latino heritage. 

Here are some of the reasons that make us say that she is the best Wonder Woman in history (sorry, Gal Gadot, absolutely no disrespect to you!). Reading her story one can’t stop but think of the words that Antiope told Diana in the Wonder Woman movie: “You are stronger than you believe. You have greater powers than you know.”

She is genuinely a good human being.

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Just take this photo as an example. Here, she is all smiles with her successor, Israeli sensation Gal Gadot. She doesn’t seem to be too fussed about pasar la batuta and is like the aunt we all wish we had in wishing happy birthday to the new Mujer Maravilla

She is proud of her Mexican heritage.

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Yes, that’s right. Her full name is Linda Jean Córdova Carter! Her dad has Irish-Scottish heritage, and her mom Juanita was the daughter of a Mexican family. 

She married the love of her life, a romantic role-model for us all.

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Just a few human beings are lucky enough to find the love of their life. Lynda married talent agent Ron Samuels in 1977, but the marriage only lasted five years. She then met her everything: lawyer Robert A. Altman, who she married in 1984. After the wedding, she left Hollywood in 1985 and moved to Washington. The couple has two children: James and Jessica. 

She embodied women’s new role in society.

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Lynda has always been a great supporter of women’s rights, and she takes every opportunity, such as International Women’s Day, to sat so. After all, she embodied an amazing female superhero in a day and age when women were trying to break free from the manacles of traditional gender roles. 

She is an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Carter often attends Pride Marches and has used her standing as a cultural icon in the United States to speak out against discrimination. She was the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Phoenix Pride Parade and the 2011 New York Pride Parades. She had the same role in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade in Washington. She has said: “Every gay reader understands the secret self that is full and wonderful and has longing and tenderness and a desire for connection to other people. I think that arguments against gay marriage are just ridiculous! Who cares? People want to get married for the same reason I wanted to get married. They want to do it in front of their friends and family.” 

She is super friendly with fans.

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Even if she left Hollywood in 1985 to raise her family, Lynda Carter is currently a constant feature in fan conventions and Comic-Con events across the country. She is truly different from many of those arrogant celebrities who see fans as a necessary evil. Lynda, on the contrary, is happy to sign autographs and smile for the occasional fan selfie. We love you, Lynda! 

She has recovered from alcohol and drug addiction and helps others stay on the wagon.

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Showbiz brings many pressures and temptations both to those who are looking for a breakthrough and for those who have established a career. Lynda is a recovering alcoholic who found the strength to quit due to her husband’s unmovable support. She stated in an interview: “After 18 years of recovery, I live every day with immense gratitude. I am forever thankful for my family and friends who stood by me and encouraged me… and for those who helped me heal.” This requires true superpowers and belief in oneself. Good for you, Lynda! She has been sober for 20 years and often speaks at events where she encourages others to find their inner strength and do the same. 

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 2018.

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It kind of sucks that a new version of Wonder Woman had to come out in the cinema for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to give Lynda Carter her much deserved Hollywood Walk of Fame star. It happened on April 3, 2018, and it was unveiled by Patty Jenkins, the director of the 2018 fantastic superhero feminist extravaganza Wonder Woman

Boys had Superman, girls had the much cooler Wonder Woman.

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It must have sucked to be a girl in the pre-Wonder Woman era when it comes to role models. Boys had plenty to choose from, with the alien Superman being perhaps the most famous of them all. Wonder Woman was much, much cooler though: she belonged to an ancient tribe of Amazon warriors who lived in a matriarchy, and she passed as Diana Prince, a slightly geeky but also a sexy woman. Superman is a nerd in comparison, and don’t get us started on lame Clark Kent. 

She was a hipster before hipsters existed.

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We mean, just look at how she wears those big frames and that cute choker scarf. Giving us Williamsburg vibes from the past! She was goofy and cute and amazing in her 1970s incarnation of Princess Diana. 

She was a body positivity queen.

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In this day and age when the fashion and entertainment industry promotes unhealthy ideals when it comes to body type, it is a good idea to remember Lynda Carter and how sure she was of her womanly body. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and Lynda Carter just was comfortable in hers. Frame this kickass quote: “My only interest in women’s clothes is what’s underneath them.” 

And now she wears her wrinkles with grace and pride.

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There are few things more empowering than a woman who fills at ease in her body. Carter is 67 and looks stunning: she wears those wrinkles as signs of her wisdom and maturity, as a testament of the many obstacles she has faced in her life, such as recovering from addiction. 

She was a beauty queen and for good reason: brains and looks, she has it all.

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Before becoming a Hollywood celeb, Lynda first captured the country’s imagination as a beauty queen. Carter won a local Arizona beauty contest in 1972, and then went on to win the title of Miss World USA in that same year. 

She has an awesome explanation of why Wonder Woman is an ageless symbol of girl power.

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She says that contrary to other female superheroes, Wonder Woman actually understands female identity. Of other superheroes, she said: “they’re not showcasing any of the tremendous dichotomies that women possess in term of softness and toughness, sweetness and grit, inner and outer strength.” And yes, our dear Princess Diana shows all of these qualities!

READ: Wonder Woman Isn’t The Only Latina Superhero To Be On Display At The Smithsonian In Washington

From Fenty To Lancome, Every Brand Is Jumping On The Brown And Black Skin Glow Express That Is Here To Stay

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From Fenty To Lancome, Every Brand Is Jumping On The Brown And Black Skin Glow Express That Is Here To Stay

If you identify as a woman of color and you possess a skin tone other than “Alabaster” or “Porcelain”, shopping for cosmetics that aren’t too chalky, too orange, or too ashy can be a struggle, to say the least. The problem becomes even more challenging with picking out a bronzer shade, as some brands don’t even keep WOC when formulating their products. But bronzer is great at providing an extra boost of healthy color to your face as well as defining certain features.

Unfortunately, many makeup brands fail at making bronzers for WOC that don’t turn us into oompa loompas or just simply fall short of providing enough pigment for our darker tones. Lucky for you, FIERCE has compiled a list of 17 bronzers perfect for women of color in all of our beautiful shades, from caramel to ebony. Take a look!

1. Milani Baked Bronzers

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Milani’s baked bronzers have developed quite the reputation in the makeup community for being glowy, buildable, highly-pigmented, and of course, affordable. Their shades range from “Glow” to “Dulce” and they are perfect for medium to dark-skinned beauties. By here.

2. Fenty Sun Stalk’r Bronzer

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We’re not the only ones that have to sing the praises of Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r bronzer. Rihanna’s groundbreaking bronzer is creamy, long-lasting, and comes in 8 versatile shades that work with every skin tone. Buy here.

3. Bobbi Brown Bronzer

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Bobbi Brown’s makeup is a line that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and its bronzer is no exception. This bronzer is frequently mentioned on many “favorite” lists for bronzers that work great on darker skin tones. Bobbi Brown Bronzer is available to buy here in 6 shades.

4. Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Bronzer

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Black Radiance is a cosmetics brand specifically formulated for black and brown skin tones, so you know their bronzer will show up (in more ways than one). Fans of the Artisan Color Baked Bronzer call it “smooth and buttery” as well as “underrated”. Buy here.

5. Becca Sunlit Bronzer

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This neutral bronzer with subtle hints of shimmer has a silky texture that fans love. It comes in 5 versatile shades. Buy it here.

6. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer

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Rimmel London Natural Bronzer is a great, affordable bronzer that is perfect for deeper skin shades. Fans say that it’s easy to blend and lasts all day. Buy here.

7. NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer

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NARS’s Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer is specifically formulated to “capture light” and “blur imperfections”, and since it’s NARS, its shades are always perfectly pigmented and complementary to every skin tone. Buy here.

8. Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder

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Iman cosmetics was created by supermodel Iman specifically for WOC skin. Their bronzers are both glowy and affordable. Buy here.

9. bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color Bronzer

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According to one Reddit user, Bare Minerals is the perfect bronzer to go to when every other option has failed you: “I use bare minerals faux tan, which is not orange and not ashy but still deep enough to look like a shadow on my face)”. Buy here.

10. BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer

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BH Cosmetics describes their bronzer as a “silky, blendable formula” that has “lightweight, buildable coverage with a satin finish”. It’s no wonder so many WOC reach for this bronzer for a natural sunkissed glow! Buy here.

11. The Lip Bar Fresh Glow Bronzers

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The Lip Bar is a black-owned cosmetics company that prides itself to catering to a variety of skin tones. They’ve recently released a line of bronzer/blush duos called Fresh Glow which boasts the tagline: “Bronzers for every shade”. Buy here.

12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the premier go-to makeup brands for both amateurs and professionals. Their powder bronzers are in a league of their own with shades that range from Light Golden to Mocha. Buy here.

13. TheBalm’s Bahama Mama

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The Balm’s Bahama Mama bronzer markets itself as the “anti orange” bronzer and has been slowly developing a cult-following in the beauty world. Buy here.

14. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

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Megastar beauty guru Jackie Aina calls the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder one of her favorites, describing it as “the perfect amount of neutral” that’s “not too warm.” Buy the high-end bronzer here.

15. Sleek MakeUp Face Form Contour And Blush Palette

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Sleek Makeup is has become a sleeper hit on the internet, regularly being praised as one of the best brands out there for women of color. Their highly-pigmented bronzer/blush palette is a cult favorite and you can now buy it at your local Target or online.

16. Lancome Le French Bronzer

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Lancome has recently stepped up their makeup game for WOC and now, many of their products look great on darker skin. That includes their limited edition Le French bronzer that has four different shades in one compact for a range of skin tones. Buy here.

 17. Inglot x J.Lo – Boogie Down Bronze

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That’s right–now you can own the J.Lo glow. The much-talked-about J.Lo X Inglot collab birthed the Boogie Down Bronzers that seem to have a color for every skintone. Buy the bronzers here.

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