Make-up and masculinity aren’t mutually unique — a truth that’s lastly on full show, colorfully and unapologetically. Regardless of the way you determine, you should play with magnificence, freed from disgrace and secrecy. Make-up is for everybody, and thru Mascara & Masculinity, we’re celebrating simply that. Within the days main as much as Valentine’s Day, we requested males and masculine-identifying folks to share their tales of falling in love with make-up, plus the merchandise that formed their relationships with magnificence — and with themselves.

Glamour exudes from each single picture Moses Alicea posts of himself on Instagram, and that is precisely his intention. Higher recognized to his followers as @comethrumaya, the 23-year-old nurse’s support usually decorates his lids with expertly executed minimize creases and bathes his cheekbones in golden highlighter. He is additionally mastered the artwork of fluffy, lush lashes. And do not even get me began on his hairstyles.

Alicea is well-aware of what everybody should be pondering once they see him. His Instagram bio proudly states in all caps, “I do not comply with gender norms.” Pairing his goatee with prolonged Kim Kardashian-esque waves and baring his chest hair in low-cut clothes, Alicea could possibly be seen as a contradiction of conventional gender norms and expectations. He exudes hyper-masculinity and hyper-femininity wrapped right into a singular superb particular person — one who appears to be like able to stroll a crimson carpet at any given second, at that. All he wants is an invite.

For this version of Mascara & Masculinity, Moses Alicea shares his distinctive make-up journey, a path that has been rocky at instances — because it so usually is it for many who defy societal magnificence boundaries — and the way it’s serving to form his future.

The Comethrumaya Starter Pack

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Moist n Wild’s Coloration Icon Palette, a tinted lip gloss, and his favourite NYC New York Coloration Liquid Eyeliner.

My Expertise Then

After a significant milestone on the age of 15, Alicea began exploring the world of make-up. “I introduced I used to be homosexual to my household and pals, [then] rapidly began dabbling into make-up after,” he remembers. “The second I attempted it, it caught, and daily after that, I went to highschool with my make-up executed.”

On the time, Alicea was infatuated with make-up and grabbed no matter he thought was fairly, however they weren’t precisely objects he liked sufficient to hold onto. “Now that I do know what offers me the look I need, I wouldn’t use the identical merchandise [as] after I was youthful,” he explains. Translation: You undoubtedly will not discover the identical lip gloss and eye shadow palette in his make-up bag nowadays.

Moses Alicea

The one exception is the NYC New York Coloration liner: “‘Til at the present time, I nonetheless use that eyeliner and that eyeliner solely,” Alicea reveals. “Sadly, they discontinued it, so now I’m all the way down to my final one.”

My Relationship Now

Throughout senior 12 months of highschool, Alicea admits make-up ceased being a significant pressure in his day by day routine on account of exterior pressures. “I did cease utilizing make-up for a pair years due to what folks thought,” he explains. “Somebody essential to me on the time did affect me to cease carrying make-up to profit them, and I went together with it to please everybody else.” Though he did not share what precise damaging suggestions he was getting, I’ve a powerful feeling gender norms and stigmas in opposition to males carrying make-up held him again.

Across the age of 20, Alicea picked make-up again up once more after realizing his true connection to it. His ardour for creating glam appears to be like went past the negativity.



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