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Beauty Look to try: get ready the AOC way

Sep. 25, 2020
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Is there literally anybody better than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I’ve always suspected not, but now she’s confirmed her position as the best human on the planet. How? Well, not only does she offer refreshing progressive and compassionate political beliefs, but the girl loves beauty, too. She shared her general routine this week and it was everything. So, let’s get ready with AOC; afterward, I bet the world won’t seem quite so bad.

Ocasio-Cortez starts with a toner on a cotton pad, which gently cleans off the skin while infusing it with beneficial ingredients. I love the Banilaco Dear+ Hydration Toner for an early morning step, as it immediately smooths, softens, and plumps skin while leaving it ready for any more skincare you apply.

Like any beauty addict, she then goes in with a Vitamin C Serum. My favorite is the Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, but if you’re on a tighter budget the Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% is surprisingly similar for a fraction of the price.

Follow with moisturizer. AOC is a natural-born rule-breaker and actually uses a night cream during the day. Opting for something a little thicker and more nourishing tends to be great if you want your makeup to apply more flawlessly, too. The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream is perfect for a luxurious experience, while the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre offers a similar emollient richness for a fraction of the price.

She’s also evangelical about sunscreen—and she’s not wrong. Applying a lot of the stuff will undeniably help you look younger for longer, so getting into the habit now is a good idea. Many sunscreens can feel heavy and sticky, but there are options out there that are light as a feather. The Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 and Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel SPF 30 both go on clear and sink into the skin like a serum, offering protection that feels barely-there.

Let’s get into makeup—and one wonderful AOC hack. Mix a bit of your favorite tinted moisturizer (she likes Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and we aren’t going to argue) with a more full-coverage, long-lasting foundation (the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in this instance). When blended in with a beauty sponge like the Real Techniques Expert Face Sponge, you essentially get the best of both worlds—a light, dewy, natural finish, but a little more coverage and lasting power.

AOC also goes in with a color corrector under her eyes and around her nose, which can help you wear less foundation and get an overall more natural finish. The Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector is her product of choice. Follow with a concealer (in AOC’s case, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer)—but since you’ve already color-corrected, it’s likely you’ll have to use less. 

Like any good millennial, AOC contours with the Fenty Beauty Match Stixx, then goes in with the Glossier Cloud Paint in “Dusk” to add definition and flush to her cheeks. Who would have thought two of my everyday products are the same as hers? I’m so proud. A little highlighter (the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in “Sundipped” is used here) on the tops of the cheekbones can wake up the face and give a soft, glowy look. This is also the point to add some structure to your brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer.

Ocasio-Cortez rocks the natural eye makeup look, with a shimmery champagne eyeshadow across the lid blended into a soft, neutral brown shadow in the crease. Add some brown kohl liner (the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in “Smog” is a go-to) across the upper lash line to make lashes appear thicker. Curl lashes and apply black mascara—I’m pretty sure AOC is using the Maybelline The Falsies Lash Lift Mascara, which I also love.

AOC also waxes lyrical about the delights of wearing glitter. There’s something undeniably cheerful about having your eyelids reflect the sun, and anyone who thinks you’re a “trivial” person for enjoying that is lying to themselves. I say whack on a bit of the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in “Kitten Karma” and screw the naysayers.

Finish the look with a sweep of bronzer. AOC uses Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, but if you’re more of a cream fan, the Kosas The Sun Show Baked Bronzer is ideal—and of course some red lipstick. In what must be the scoop of the century, she’s revealed her signature red is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Besos,” so I’ll certainly be adding that to my cart immediately. 

For the total AOC effect, you’ll also need a cow-print blazer (which I think I might actually need), a pair of small hoop earrings, and some supernaturally sleek hair. Smooth any flyaways with an oil, like the Inkey List Shea Oil Nourishing Treatment.

Now, go out into the world with this mantra: “Our culture is so predicated on diminishing women and kind of preying on our self-esteem, and so it’s almost like a radical act or a mini protest to love yourself.” Amen.

Photo by Mark Peterson for The Guardian