NEW NARS Lipstick Swatches!
left to righttop to bottom: Afghan Red and Shanghai Express
I couldn’t help but post swatches of these lipsticks too since NARS lipsticks have become my absolute fave. I’ll have a review on either these lipsticks or Wet N Wild’s tomorrow but I’m not sure which one. Tell us which one you’d like me to review first!
Reblogging racist shade names isn’t exactly a productive thing for me to do all the time, and I know this, so I am going to take this opportunity to make a few points that expand the problem of racist makeup shade names.
- It’s not just about “Afghan Red” being problematic. Like, “Afghan Red” is probably a lot less racist than, for example, “Lucky Lucky Lavender.” …
- …it’s about the fact that you put “Afghan Red” on you, to become it, to eat it, to consume it. What does that mean? It means a lot of things.
- Makeup is about becoming. Makeup is about becoming.
- Hey so the thing about Shanghai is that it was forced “open” by British imperialism in the mid-nineteenth century and then was essentially a colony of European nations and the U.S. for a really long time. In the 1920s and 30s Westerners called it “the Paris of the Orient” and Americans moved between Shanghai and the U.S. and exported a lot of Orientalist imagery and fashion that was deeply tied up in notions of “modernization” that were unfolding in China and the U.S. If you know much about 1920s fashion, you know that it was really Orientalist, especially when it comes to appropriations and caricatures of Chinese people, especially Chinese feminities. 1920s Orientalism in the U.S. was in large part a product of American occupation of Shanghai. Incidentally, this was about the same time cosmetic mass-culture was created in the United States, and Orienalism was a constant in early makeup advertisements and styles. And, not surprisingly, a lot of makeup technology itself was taken from China.
- Like, Shanghai Express.
- I would argue that Orientalism is completely inextricable from American makeup culture and history. Again, remember: becoming, eating. And Shanghai is at the center of this.
- Even if the “why” is largely forgotten, Shanghai is still very much a part of public cosmetic memory. MAC Shanghai Spice, NARS Shanghai Lily, Chanel Shanghai Red (especially poignant given Coco’s role in all of this herself, not to mention Paris-Shanghai), Buxom Shanghai, Cargo Shanghai Palette, OPI Shanghai Shimmer, YSL Opium Fleur de Shanghai (Yves’s Orientalism is vast and deserves its own post, but lol Opium).
- NARS cosmetics—a French brand—are made in Hong Kong and owned by Shiseido.
“…what helps me move through this internalized shit, bit by bit, is knowing that, I think, for queers, make up is not only about correction and emphasis; it’s also about exaggeration, breakthroughs, and self indulgence. Exaggeration is about making things bigger and more prominent. Exaggeration takes up space. Breakthroughs come with the boldness to try things unthought of. And self indulgence is about treating ourselves well in a world that doesn’t pay us enough (money) nor treats us with all the respect we deserve. We are not always only interested in covering up certain parts of ourselves and then accentuating what we think are our assets. Queer make up isn’t always neat, natural, and pretty; it can also be trial-and-error, freaky, and totally unnatural. It’s like, I love blue and yellow, I should wear them all the fucking time, so why not put it on my fucking face??? And in queers’ fearlessness in pushing the boundaries of aesthetics, I am finally starting to feel like I can “come out” with my make up-obsessing self. In their confidence that is fueled by risky boldness, there is so much to appreciate and to take delight in.”
go read the whole article! it’s amazing.
so excited this babe is coming to visit me TOMORRRRROW
Yesterday Teresa tweeted a thing relating to makeup & I said “please write this blog post” and HERE IT IS AND IT IS WONDERFUL.
“Being feminine is being desired and hated at the same time. A feminine body or mind is expected to be open and receiving to everything from others’ emotional baggage to sexual fantasies of total strangers. At the same time, receptivity (not that this defines femininity by any means) is considered weak and inferior. The result of this is often violence. Femininity is to be present for other’s needs and then destroyed for its perceived weaknesses. Being feminine and of color is especially dangerous. Not just because we are a walking target for racist, stereotyped sexual fantasies but because so often we are blamed for being that.”
crocheted myself a tiara.
femme queen for life.
(ps didn’t use a pattern but it went something like this: chain enough to fit around head and join chain. followed by two rows of single crochet in contrasting colors(I used blue and fuchsia). then a row of double crochet in hot pink followed by a row of scallop stitches and then some single chains to make additional scallops. SO EASY)
I NEED TO LEARN TO CROCHET LIKE TODAY PLEASE.