Gorgeous, Gorgeous Girls Love Glamour

Once that gate is open, you don’t need a lick of mascara to feel it.5 Beauty Products Annahstasia Can’t Live Without: Devon Lee CarlsonDevon Lee CarlsonWho is your biggest beauty inspiration? Beauty is about the self and people that inspire me to be myself are people that are so boldly themselves.How has beauty transformed your life? The smell of my mother’s makeup drawer, watching her get ready, trying to repeat the same mesmerizing ritual on myself. Beauty led me to drag, which gave me the confidence to pursue it as career. I am currently mourning the loss of this beauty icon, damn. Obsessed. That obviously shaped me into the over the top, “never too much” type of woman I work towards being every day. Illustrating this for PAPER is photographer Daniel Sachon, who drew inspiration from the “mystique and allure of Los Angeles in the ’70s and ’80s,” while makeup artist Sam Visser worked with hairstylist Jake Gallagher to bring the glam to life. I always knew I was beautiful, but I didn’t always know I was powerful. I love lining my eyes with sormeh (an ancient form of eye-liner still used today). Beauty has entered an era of maximalism: over-the-top shimmering lids, bold lip colors and teased out hair. It’s giving rich Bel Air girlie in 1979.Below, six of the most beautiful people on the internet — Annahstasia, Devon Lee Carlson, Symone, Staz Lindes, Savannah Hudson and Leila Rahimi — model the trend and share with us their love for all things beauty. Now I’m able to make a living from it. I’m constantly inspired by the girls at the checkout lines in grocery stores across America, to the punk rock girls that come to our shows. Growing up as a competitive dancer, doing my hair and makeup has always been a big part of my life. I love seeing how other people use makeup, as well. Baby, beauty did an overhaul on my life.5 Beauty Products Symone Can’t Live Without: Staz LindesStaz LindesWho is your biggest beauty inspiration? That is such a hard question to answer. We are in such an important and limitless time of expression and individuality, right now. Being able to express yourself, be whoever you want to be, is just fun.5 Beauty Products Devon Lee Carlson Can’t Live Without: SymoneSymoneWho is your biggest beauty inspiration? Beauty is effortless for her. Seeing powerful women defying boundaries by doing things for themselves and because these things make us feel good is most important.How has beauty transformed your life? Beauty for me was never about emulation. I found self-expression in beauty and makeup at such a young age, honestly. I could never pick one, I have too many. It’s such a powerful thing, and I feel so excited that I get to learn and express myself through beauty by seeing what works for me. It is also used as spiritual armor protecting those who line their eyes from evil eyes. Beauty in a way helped me hone that. As an artist, seeking to create beauty is a way to shape something that can be dark or painful into something beautiful. I love mythology and ancient stories of love, so I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from tales of heroines and star-crossed lovers and how I feel they might adorn themselves. Beauty is play and an extension of one’s fantasy and character. Beauty transports the us to a higher realm; there is no use for it other than to bask in its wonder and contemplate. How has beauty transformed your life? I fell in love with lipstick when I was about seven or eight. I think I’m going to have to say Naomi Campbell. I love you, Ronnie.How has beauty transformed your life? She also showed me what’s possible as far as drag goes.How has beauty transformed your life? She was the first model I remember seeing and just being blown away. Beauty can transform sorrow into joy. Sometimes it’s hard for me to recall one, but I remember growing up and watching my grandma get dressed up every day, decked out in pearls and fur just to go to the market. My babysitter gave me a winged cat eye, she called them angel wings, when I was probably nine. I feel that I am inspired by so many things when it comes to beauty. Indeed, full-throttle glamour is officially back. Kate Moss, Rihanna, Brigitte Bardot, my mom, my sister, RuPaul and Cher. At the moment, my biggest beauty inspiration is Ronnie Spector. It’s a long list but they’re at the top of it. I feel hopeful that the generations after mine will be even more free to express themselves authentically.5 Beauty Products Savannah Hudson Can’t Live Without: Leila RahimiLeila RahimiWho is your biggest beauty inspiration?My inspiration for beauty comes from many sources. But when there’s no makeup, no dress, no fanfare, there must be glamour, as well —glamour and strength that radiates from within you. Beauty and how you make yourself up is really one of the biggest forms of expression without having to use words. I also find a lot of inspiration from my Iranian heritage. I used to do my friend’’ glam for homecoming and prom, and it’s always just brought me so much joy. Besides my grandma, I’ve always been inspired by classic, strong beauty characters in entertainment like Caterina Valente, Cher and Monica Belluci. Throughout the decades she dressed amazingly, kept her beehive teased to the heavens and usually had that sexy smokey black thick winged liner. Makeup and fashion especially gives you a superhero mask as a gateway to that power. I love talking about makeup and I love trying new things all the time.5 Beauty Products Staz Lindes Can’t Live Without: Savannah HudsonSavannah HudsonWho is your biggest beauty inspiration? Honey, how did beauty not transform my life? As I’ve grown my relationship with beauty, the world has become more harmonious. AnnahstasiaAnnahstasiaWho is your biggest beauty inspiration?I’ve never had one particular idol, but some of my favorite beautiful people are Pat Evans, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Carl Anderson (in Jesus Christ Superstar), Cher. I’m still trying to perfect it to this day. I find that makeup for me can be used both as a form of fantasy and as armor.How has beauty transformed your life? It is cosmic.5 Beauty Products Leila Rahimi Can’t Live Without: 
Photography: Daniel Sachon
Makeup: Sam Visser
Hair: Jake Gallagher
Styling: Mimi Wade
Photo assistant: Andrea Riba
Production: Mara Weinstein
Makeup assistant: Adriana Gonzalez
Vintage clothing and accessories: Lidow Archive
Millinery: Piers Atkinson
Jewelry: Darius Jewels

Willy Chavarria Celebrates Latinx Power With ‘CUT DEEP’

CUT DEEP posters are available on the Willy Chavarria site now for a limited time with 100% of proceeds benefitting the work of Project Q. Traditionally and even currently, the term “Latinx” has been used as a catch all term to simplify what is an extremely nuanced and multi-dimensional culture. We encompass the full gamut of American culture. For Black and Brown communities, the barbershop has long served as a communal space functioning as a common ground for conversation, expression and identity. There is a creative and cultural Renaissance happening in Black and Brown spaces currently. Going into 2022 and firing on all cylinders, POC creatives are not only commanding a seat at the table, but are at the head of it.Marcus Correa is one brightly emerging star of this movement, who speaks his prose through creative direction and fashion styling. His latest work in collaboration with fellow photographer Carlos Jaramillo, aptly named CUT DEEP, is a cultural statement channeled through the classic barbershop poster. The fire of Latino/ Latinx creators in the US has reached new levels of talent and visibility in recent years (and even months). Just as a barbershop serves a cohesive base of individual customers, Latino culture is a monolithic force comprised of a myriad of different backgrounds and experiences.The project itself is comprised of 30 portraits and 30 full body looks, a visual representation of the sheer collective strength and beauty of the Latinx force which permeates, color, gender, sexuality, body type, age and, of course, hair. Whatever label you want to give to us and however you want to group us, we will continue to take it and redefine it. With vision that pushes beyond the confines of cultural tradition, a surge of cutting-edge thinkers is creating a fresh perspective on fashion, music and more. CUT DEEP visually contextualizes this digging deeper beyond Chicano, Mexicano or Latino to show the humans that define these terms and not the other way around.Echoing the ethos of the Willy Chavarria brand, CUT DEEP goes beyond fashion and is rather a take on society. We can take on whatever label is placed upon us: We are Latino/x/e, we are Chicanx, we are Mexicanx, we are immigrants, we are indigenous, we are educated, we are hood, we are punk, we are queer. These places act as an integral piece and microcosm of the ever-evolving Latinx identity in this country. Creative direction: Marcus Correa

Styling: Marcus Correa

Photography: Carlos Jaramillo
Photography assistant: Luis Jaramillo
Styling assistant: Erica Campos
Hair: Madin Lopez and Project Q
Makeup: Martha Quintero
Grooming: Carla Perez

Co-production: Ozzie Juarez
Graphic Design: Paul Flores
Location: Tlaloc Studios Gallery shows such as Shattered Glass, music collectives like Papi Juice and creative spaces like Tlaloc Studios have culminated to create a movement that is transcending both art and pop culture. In a time of historical transition and shift in the world, our communities are realizing our strength and utilizing it to shape our own narrative within this country. We are the American culture.CUT DEEP was created at Tlaloc Studios in Los Angeles in collaboration with Project Q, a Black and Brown-owned organization that provides free gender-affirming haircuts, hair color, and wigs to LGBTQIA+ folx dealing with housing insecurities.

BIA Just Dropped a Makeup Line

This week, BIA launched her first dabble into the beauty industry: a product line, called “Beauty For Certain,” as a play on her 2020 EP, For Certain. BIA puts on her blush just to go to the bodega. “So to be able to build my own brand in this space from the ground up and partner with Dolls Kill for the launch is a dream come true. I can’t wait to share it with the world.” To celebrate, BIA threw an exclusive launch party with Dolls Kill at their Los Angeles location, where the rapper performed and Tommy Genesis joined her on stage to perform the recent single, “a woman is a god.”

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You can shop the collection exclusively at DollsKill.com and in DollsKill stores. All of BIA’s makeup is cruelty free and packaged in an environmentally conscious way. While most celebrity-led beauty brands play it safe, BIA wrapped her face all over the packaging and said “fuck it.””Beauty For Certain” features matte liquid lipsticks in nine shades, a cream highlighter in three shades and a cream blush in three shades. “I’ve always loved makeup,” BIA says in a release. Available exclusively on Dolls Kill, BIA’s collection gives us the baddie energy we’ve been missing from beauty at large. After reaching mainstream success for “Whole Lotta Money,” complete with a feature from Miss Onika Maraj herself, BIA has become the latest rap queen everyone’s crushing on — and now she’s dropping her own makeup. Photos courtesy of Beauty For Certain