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This Mexican-American Has Mastered The Winged Eyeliner

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.”


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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

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Armed Police In Tulum Arrested A Gay Couple For Allegedly Kissing On The Beach

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico has remained a popular tourist destination as people seek out places with fewer restrictions. However, Mexico’s popular beach destination of Tulum apparently still has some restrictions – for LGBTQ folks – that the police are quick to enforce.

A Canadian couple was briefly detained by police for allegedly kissing on the beach.

Police in the popular resort town of Tulum, about 90-minutes south of Cancun, briefly arrested a gay couple for kissing in public on a beach, alleging that the couple was not allowed to kiss in public because children were present.

According to local media reports, police said they were reacting to a report by someone else on the beach who had claimed that the men were “committing immoral acts.”

The couple were handcuffed together and ordered in to the back of a patrol vehicle until a crowd of onlookers formed and began to shout disapprovingly at police after one of the men explained to the crowd why they were being detained.

Outraged bystanders gathered around the couple and urged the police to let the men go.

The crowd began shouting in support of the couple, calling the actions homophobic and demanding the couple’s release.

The pressure from the crowd apparently prompted officers to release the men after a few minutes of dialogue. The presence of Escalante herself might also have been a factor.

In response to the arrest, Quintana Roo Tulum Police said: ‘We are an inclusive and impartial police both for residents and tourists who visit the state of Quintana Roo. So no abuse of authority will be tolerated.’

Video of the incident quickly went viral on social media with outrage being the common reaction.

Video and photos of the arrest went viral after on social media accounts, including that of local politician Maritza Escalante Morales, who denounced the actions of the officers. Escalante happened to be at the beach with her family when she noticed the officers approach the couple, she said, and joined the crowd to advocate for the couple’s release.

“I want to file a PUBLIC COMPLAINT, because the treatment and type of authorities we have in our municipality is inexcusable. Yesterday while I was on the beach with my family, we noticed around 4:30 that 2 police squads in their ATVs approached a group of young foreigners. After about 20 minutes, a patrol arrived and proceeded to arrest them with handcuffs,” she explained on TikTok.

“The policemen were VIOLENT,” Morales added, “and gave arguments such as ‘there are families and children and they cannot be seeing this. I am FURIOUS because it is not possible that in the XXI century this type of oppression against the LGBT+ community continues. We all deserve the same treatment, and appropriate sanctions must be applied to these authorities.”

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

The pageant world is popular in communities all over the planet. From Russia to the U.S. and across Latin America, beauty queens (and kings) strut their stuff on runways and display their many talents. But the pageant world is also known to suffer from a more sinister side that often lands itself in the headlines.

In Mexico, beauty pageants have long been connected to organized crime and international human trafficking rings. Now, one former beauty queen has landed herself in jail in connection to these terrible crimes.

A former Mexican beauty queen has been jailed in connection to a kidnapping ring.

A former Oaxaca beauty queen has been jailed without bail on suspicion of being part of a kidnapping ring operating in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Laura Mojica Romero, 25, was Miss Oaxaca in 2018 and the 2020 International Queen of Coffee in Colombia, a beauty pageant at which she represented Mexico. She was arrested Thursday with seven other people in a raid conducted by a federal anti-kidnapping unit after two months of investigation.

A judge on Saturday ruled that Mojica and the seven others will remain in prison for the next two months while authorities continue to gather evidence. Members of the group each face up to 50 years in prison.

Romero had tried to position herself as unique among beauty queens in the country.

Laura Mojica Romero defined herself as “more than a pretty face” during a interview she did in 2019. The 25-year-old, who at that time had just won the Miss Oaxaca contest for the second time, said that the contest had taken an important turn because it highlighted aspects that went “beyond” the contestants’ own beauty.

She put herself out there as an example when remembering that she participated in the delivery of supplies (sweaters, blankets and coats) in remote Indigenous communities and announced that among her future projects included support for the musical education of children from impoverished communities, as well as the formation of women’s entrepreneurship cells; a strategy that she claimed was to combat gender violence.

“We cannot stand idly by, we have to eradicate violence against women, through campaigns and talks that make men aware of this problem,” said the also graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) to Newsweek Mexico.

Mexico is an international hub for human trafficking.

In its most recent report, the organization Alto al Secuestro warned that the states with the highest incidence of kidnappings are the State of Mexico, with seven; Veracruz, with 12; Oaxaca, with six; Guerrero, with five; and Tabasco, Sinaloa and Mexico City, with four respectively.

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