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RED LIPS EVENING MAKEUP || for those who refuse to be silenced

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Here's my full post on Project Ava: http://projectava.org/2016/02/05/red-lips-evening-makeup-tutorial-for-those-who-refuse-to-be-silenced/ Also featured on Angry Asian Man: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2016/02/not-your-typical-makeup-tutorial.html#more This is my first spoken word piece I've written - I'm neither a spoken word artist (obviously) nor a makeup artist, but I thoroughly enjoy and respect both creative genres! For those actually interested in the makeup I used here, I do have them listed all down below! I performed this as the first half of a two-part spoken word piece with my friend (who gave me the idea to write my piece as a makeup tutorial) at NU's 2015 Pan-Asian Formal but unfortunately a lot of people were talking loudly and several of my friends couldn't hear us - so I decided to make this video for those who missed it - and as part of my Asian American Race, Gender, and Sexuality Final Creative Project. The title "for those who refuse to be silenced" refers to the many of us who reject the power of institutions, media, and peers who actively silence the voices of marginalized people. step 1: primer start off with a primer which provides a base- -ic history of why these Chinese and Taiwanese features are only read as “Asian” faces foreign facing racism caricatures of 20th century immigrant bodies excluded, massacred, detained until we were considered desirable for our brains the intellect of the skilled few weaponized to uphold the model minority myth as the basis of what Asian America is supposed to look like step 2: foundation: when you choose a foundation you need to either match your own skintone or be lighter so you don’t resemble those working-class farmers from the motherland you forget about how your darker predecessors fought for your place in America and still how they die because this world sees brownness and blackness as threat, thug, terrorist, illegal these communities of color ignored by upper-middle class east Asian America because it’s easier to look out for our own yellow skin step 3: eyebrows: in class this white boy made a music video centering himself in a rap about overcoming ignorance only to set it to some stereotypical as fuck Chinese tune unironically i could only raise my eyebrows when he claimed he felt “heart” in this soundtrack to Hollywood’s mystical orient step 4: eye makeup make sure you use waterproof eyeliner so it doesn’t melt off when you return to the fatherland of Taiwanese humidity and feelings of humility when you can’t understand the dialect slowly erased by the mandarin of the mainland and your own eroding mandarin once inherent now inChinglish can’t even express to your family the longing you feel for their acceptance because you are two parts too many shanghainese and american step 5: lips: these red lips now speak to counter the era which silenced my wàigōng for political dissent from CPC policy cultural revolutionary separation of family 96 years you lived but too many spent in isolation now resting in peace but never living in power these words i say today are a privilege you never had step 6: reflection finally look at the result in your mirror and wonder when will your reflection show that who you are inside is a girl worth self-love a girl worth more than the number of hearts you’ve captured and worth no less because of your power to destroy the heart of that boy who loved you no, who loved the idea of you and your submissive, exotic, china doll nymphomania reflected back onto the face of the next Asian girl he’ll conquer love yourself because this metaphorical disease of racist desire known as yellow fever will never love you -- PRODUCTS LIST: Primer: Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Primer Foundation: L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte in 107 Fresh Honey + Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup in 7.0 Concealer: Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 25 Medium Setting Powder: Sacha Buttercup Compact Powder Blush: Milani Baked Powder Blush in Ros...