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I'm a Makeup Artist, and Here's the 1 Beauty Move That Makes Me Feel Empowered

Since I'm a makeup artist, saying that the "no makeup"/"go natural" beauty movement is what makes me feel very empowered is kind of weird, but yes, it does. I have always been pro wearing makeup if it makes you feel beautiful, confident, and feminine, but I've also supported women who don't, and here's why.

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My Least Favorite Facial Feature Growing Up Is Now One I Put on Display Every Day

I'll be the first to admit that I love my thick eyebrows. They're easily my favorite thing about my appearance, but it wasn't always this way. You see, for years I struggled to accept myself for who I am and my Latina features. Growing up, I used to hate my brows, and now I couldn't be more thankful for them. However, it was a long journey to get to this point of self-acceptance and self-love, with a couple of mishaps along the way.

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Wearing Nail Polish Is the One Beauty Move That Makes Me Feel Like a True Badass

Nail polish may be a beauty product, but for me it means so much more. It's my way of letting my inner self shine through and keeping my family, both near and far, close to my heart. When my mom first let me use nail polish, I was in kindergarten, and little did she know the monster she had just created. If I wasn't raiding her collection, I was spending my allowance on it.

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How Experimenting With Beauty Helps Me Feel "Como una Princesa"

As a Latina Asian-American woman, I've relied heavily on playing "dress up" with makeup my whole life to help embrace my mixed features. It was sometimes difficult to accept my brown skin growing up in the suburbs at a time when "bronzed" (read: not too dark) beach babes were in vogue thanks to shows like Laguna Beach and The O.C. (and no hate — Kristin Cavallari is my girl!).

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My Mamá and Abuela Taught Me the Power of Perfume

I'm a Latina girl, born and raised in Venezuela, eating arepas and all the good stuff. My mom and grandma are my rock. All the good memories I have as a child are with them around me, spoiling me and making me the woman I am today.

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Wash Your Face in Rice Water, and More Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Abuela

"Abuela! What are you doing?" I shouted. My grandmother had taken the water leftover from when she washed the rice for dinner earlier in the evening and appeared to be lathering her face with it. "I'm washing my face, mija," she told me in Spanish. "This is probably one of the best things you could ever do for your skin." I was perplexed. Had this lady lost her mind? It was at that very moment, standing in my grandparents' kitchen at 5 years old, that I learned my first beauty lesson — skincare is everything.

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Here's How I Highlight My 2 Favorite Features Every Day

Since I became a makeup artist, I became more aware of how important is to also take care of your skin so your makeup looks flawless. Whenever I wear makeup, I like to make sure my skin looks natural and radiant.

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