So where have my blogs been?! I have been probably the busiest I have been for two years and I wish I could tell everyone about the amount of work that's been going on bts, but I'll start with some of my favorite new pieces!
So a few months ago I was approached to interview for a tv show + create some new content as a beauty expert, contributing to publications in the UK + in the US and I was really excited but somewhat apprehensive about the opportunity. This is not the first time I've been asked to interview and I have had a hard time trying to orchestrate how I wanted to go forward. If you've been following my work for some time now, I really have been very open about my opinion on how social media drives the wrong messages and whether you go viral for a positive or negative reason, it doesn't have much difference to the way people are spinning it. But what it does, is it keeps you in a circle of the same people who are so far from my ambitions it's hard to even articulate. I have seen the 'boy in makeup' storyline go viral time and time again and I've found it to be very silly, I also have seen only one viewpoint of a trans experience and ultimately it hasn't served us as a community. I have been so selective on how I transition, pun not intended, from the online world into the mainstream because you get one first chance to introduce yourself and I am never going to be introduced as a youtube makeup artist.
So I got the opportunity to speak to a gorgeous lady who asked me to discuss facial feminization from my work on Youtube, and I really took the opportunity to discuss a lot of issues pertaining to the mainstream understanding of what trans is. Firstly, trans as a prefix identifies someone who is in the process of moving from one state of being to the next. It's not an all-encompassing title for anyone that doesn't fit in which is the perception that the mainstream media is giving to the unaware population. Secondly, that these labels mean next to nothing in any context other than a legal one. And I truly believe that. If you call me he, she or a goat, it's about the intonation and the intent and even still it's not that important. What's truly important is the impression it gives to the people who vote for our rights. That's the core point of contention. So my motivation has been from the start, to speak to the person who does not know anything about trans and the interview proved my point.
I began to mention how the gender council assesses four times a month, thirteen cases of people who have been admitted to a gender specialist through their doctor, and the limitations in that process. The fact that your legal gender identity is dependent on a two-year folder of your behavior from the perspective of a medical doctor, or the fact that no information on your chromosomal count, pre HRT hormone tests, an MRI scan, an observation of your anatomy and whether hormonal displacement has caused you to naturally grow in a way outside of the blueprint of your given gender... None of this is taken into consideration. There are minor hormone tests that go into place, yet this is more so for the monitor of your liver health. These situations are incontrovertibly why we discover a feeling of dysphoria, they are also things that are factually proven. If one person went into the media and conflated the hormonal discord that causes gender dysphoria, with menopause, we would have seen empathy from that start. And this has not been mentioned.
So for the majority of my interview, I focused on these points of contention and the lived experience of trans people. The fact that the majority of trans people have no self-awareness that organically they were in a gray area, to begin with, prior to any medical intervention. We built up an hour of real core info and I'm excited to be leading into that direction with my work because we are too evolved as a culture to believe in myth and I'm not sitting back and ignoring the fight for my equal rights any longer.
So to begin this process I began by describing my personal journey, I spoke about the fact that I naturally grew breast tissue as a teenager and despite being male formed, was clearly enduring a different experience. I spoke about how later in life I had to discover where I wanted to go with my gender, whether I wanted to continue to live every day in feminine guise or to try a masculine guise for fit. I spoke about the reality of my trans sisters growing up and the options on the table if you don't have the support of a medical professional. Then we began with the makeup!
So my recommendations for trans people were really more so about the fact that we are taught a heavily contoured diagram of how our faces should look when really we should be working holistically. Not all women have petite jawlines or features like thinner eyebrows, Cara Delavigne and Angelina Jolie would never be mistaken as men for having these features so work through trial and error to find what fits you best. I recommended looking at your mother or sister, trying to find complementary colours and start with your natural features.
I wanted to establish that early on in transition when we're getting laser, beard texture is the devil and highlighter exaggerates any textural flaws. A dewy foundation is the same as using shiny paint over woodchip, you're just going to exacerbate the problem. I spoke about using colour corrector to counter under eye circles and again shadows, the lighter you are the less saturated your contour and colours should be, the deeper the skin tone the more saturated. I also spoke about the need to reshape the features with heavy contour which can actually exaggerate. I use and have always used, highlighter to slim the features. Instead of brown lines, try using your highlighter all the way up against the line you want to create with the contour and blend it out. There you see the same slimming effects that are practically invisble to the eye.
So here are some new images that will be ran with the next rotation!
Thank you, Elle Magazine and Marie Claire for being kind enough to showcase my work. Halloweens a'comin' and we have some interesting new developments on the team JH. I cannot wait to show you ALL that I've been working on. Karmaaaaa can be a transformative bitch, but she makes it look expensive.