Meet The Queer Make Up Artists Reclaiming Harry PotterMake up has tremendous power. It can be used to build your confidence, to define your identity and tell your own story. It can be a shield, a paintbrush, a pen, and a tool of rebellion.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It’s tough being a Harry Potter fan right now, especially if you’re in the LGBT+ community. While JK Rowling has a history of using stereotypical minority characters and claiming representation that she hadn’t actually written, she’s recently dove into more active transphobia online. This is by no means the first time she’s engaged with this kind of rhetoric, though it is the most obvious, with Rowling continuing to double down on her views ever since then. While previously Emma Watson and more recently Daniel Radcliffe have spoken up in defence of transgender people, it still leaves Harry Potter fans grappling with the fact that the woman who created their favourite world is no friend to the LGBT+ community. Some queer Harry Potter fans are fighting back though, with the most powerful weapon in their arsenal: make up.Dame WolfeDame Wolfe’s take on Luna LovegoodTrans cosplayer Dame Wolfe spoke about the ways queer people are reclaiming the world of Harry Potter, leaving JK Rowling behind in the process. “There are a lot of reimaginings of the Harry Potter stories being done by many people in the fandom. One of the ones that I am a part of is called Rainbow Sorcery, created by two of my friends where we reimagine canon Harry Potter characters but with more inclusion and visibility in the LGBTQIA+ community. For example, my Luna Lovegood is asexual. It’s taking ownership of characters we love and giving them new life in a way.”Azrai Azrai’s Cedric Diggory alongside queerelfclub’s mixed race trans masc Harry PotterAzrai is another queer TikTok makeup artist who participates in Rainbow Sorcery, and they hit upon a lot of the same points. “On TikTok, we’ve been participating in story hashtags with the specific purpose of taking these characters back, giving them the identities we saw pieces of in them and resonated with.” Through the power of make up, Azrai has been able to rebuild some of their favourite Harry Potter characters with a much more inclusive identity. “My particular cosplays within these stories are Cedric Diggory reimagined as trans masculine, and Remus Lupin as gay and demisexual… Despite JK’s failings, her models of nontoxic Hufflepuff masculinity have been groundbreaking for me personally. I am happier with myself than I have ever been in my life, and these cosplays had a big part in that.”These tags aren’t just one off TikToks either; these stories have been using a mixture of makeup and text for a very long time. Azrai explains that “[fellow queer Harry Potter fans] TTbret and Sirussly have been expanding on the Harry Potter universe for years,” and that their own trans masc Cedric has a whole arc laid out for him; “I’m personally focusing on playing a trans masc Cedric Diggory (who will not be dying) and a relationship between him and Draco (played by lunaclunatic on TikTok), in which Draco gets the de-radicalization arc that Rowling hinted at and then miserably failed to deliver.” Dame Wolfe also spoke about the power of non-traditional masculinity in Hufflepuff, through her own OC crossplay, Felix. “Hufflepuff are seen as rather soft in the HP canon, [but] a few notable characters break the mold or rewrite it in a way to not be mistaken for appearing weak. Which is why I created Felix, my OC. I loved the idea of creating a character in a house that was considered very soft and cuddly, and have him be a very rough around the edges kind of lad. The juxtaposition was terribly fun, but deep down you can see the core values shine through.” Dame Wolfe added that the housing system of Hogwarts is a crucial reason the queer community has connected so deeply with Harry Potter, “ There’s a beauty in the ideal that there is a place for everyone. A literal house of belonging for each person who comes into the doors of Hogwarts. It’s a lovely idea.” Azrai had another theory on why so many queer people found solace in Harry Potter. Whether JK Rowling had intended it or not, it seems like she wrote a boatload of gay characters. “Besides the fact that JK - wittingly or not - queer coded quite a few of her characters, she did write a story about a group of kids battling prejudice and oppression. The canonical discrimination was mostly based on purely fantasy elements, but that allowed us to see ourselves in it. There is a generation of kids who essentially grew up along with Harry and found incredible hope, meaning and community through that world. These stories were formative for a huge amount of people. It’s about the communities and friendships they found through a shared love of that universe, lessons about fighting for justice in an unjust system, and permission to be themselves despite what others perceptions of them may be; all of this being especially meaningful and important for queer people. Or at least, for me as a queer person.” As for the relationship between JK Rowling and the Harry Potter fanbase, it’s difficult to see things improving so long as Rowling avoids growth. “I think people started to become critical of her when they saw tweets she was liking from known TERFs [Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists] and began to parrot their rhetoric,” Azrai explains, “JK Rowling’s world was meant to be a bit whimsical even as it became dark, parodying parts of her culture. But we now know that there are many things about this universe that reinforce an imperialist worldview. Conversations that weren’t necessarily happening at the time it was written, but she also doesn’t seem to have made an effort to educate herself or examine that worldview since.” Azrai points to several examples of this worldview in Harry Potter, such as “Jewish-coded, ‘hook-nosed,’ money hungry goblins, the entire house elf/slave race situation, the fact that Harry Potter was written in the ‘90s around the time of the Troubles and the only Irish character liked to blow things up, the only character of any kind of Asian descent was named Cho Chang which, from what I read, is not a name that makes sense no matter what the character’s heritage is.” Dame Wolfe echoed these sentiments, succinctly explaining “There are quite a few issues, with her being a TERF, and the racist and anti-Semitic tones she’s written with are a few, but over the past few days online we’ve seen more of it come to light. We’ve seen this from her for years now, in honesty. There seems to be no character development for Mrs. Rowling.”
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Let’s Debunk Some Skincare Myths
To say there’s a plethora of beauty information out there would be an understatement. It can be difficult to determine what are good tips and what are myths, especially if there’s conflicting information. Let’s debunk 3 common ones that I still hear/see around the web/beauty community. ￼￼If your makeup contains SPF you don’t need SPF underneath. Why is this myth incorrect? You would need to apply a lot of foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB/CC cream to get the proper amount of SPF needed to protect your skin. For example, I have the ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation with SPF 40. I only apply about the size of a dime for my whole face, and this product only provides sheer-light coverage. I would need multiple layers of this to protect my skin from UVA/UVB. You should apply SPF underneath your makeup (at least the size of a quarter!) to ensure adequate protection. I love the Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 because it’s good for all skin types, doubles as a makeup primer, reef-safe, and is cruelty-free. ￼￼Face wipes clean your face as well as cleanser. Nope! Face wipes may seemingly remove all your makeup and SPF residue, but they don’t have the ability to properly cleanse your face. I don’t usually use face wipes, but I received these RAWGANIC - Pure Refreshing Facial Wipes for Christmas from a family member. I use them to remove makeup before heading to the gym or at the end of the day. If using at the end of the day, always follow up with cleanser to remove excess residue!!! Face wipes would be a good option in the AM if you have extra dry skin and want to feel clean without having to wash. ￼Don’t mix vitamin C and niacinamide. Why is this a myth? It was believed that combining anything with vitamin C, especially niacinamide, would negate the effects of vitamin C. Vitamin C is awesome for brightening and fading dark spots, and niacinamide is great for enlarged pores, dull skin, and acne scarring. Combining these two powerhouse ingredients, such as in the GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Brightening Toner , is a match made! That toner makes such a difference in my skin’s appearance (pores, dullness, scarring). Don’t want to combine but still reap the benefits? Use vitamin C in the AM (such as THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream ) and niacinamide in the PM (such as PURITO - Centella Unscented Serum which contains niacinamide). You can have your cake and eat it, too! I personally will use these serums (or other ones in my collection) one right after another, but everyone’s skin is different. About me: DRYYYYYY acne-prone skin
Charlotte Tilbury’s Setting Powder Can’t Hang?
**I’ve only used this product once so this is my first impression of it I have been an admirer of Charlotte Tilbury’s products for quite some time now and have been dying to try its Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. As its name suggests, it has a reputation of making the skin look airbrushed and free of shine, which I need in my life. More deets about the powder: This breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like a luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, perfecting finish. Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and enable the powder to blend on flawlessly, while reducing shine. Nourishing actives work to soothe and restore skin, while light-reflecting ingredients diffuse light as it hits your face for a luminous complexion and even finish all day. The powder costs $45 which i think is a lot so I’ve always been hesitant to try - but I got as a gift for my bday and was so excited to try. I haven’t really found a powder that I truly liked or that has actually kept my makeup locked in/prevented shine. My review: The airbrushed effect is no joke. When I first applied it, I was in awe of how smooth and radiant my skin looked. But as the day progressed, my T-zone got a bit oily and I noticed the product had caked into some dry spots — also does anyone have suggestions for hydrating primers/how to not make my foundation/powder cakey? Since I started using prescription retinol it’s been so hard to figure out!! I have to keep using this product to see how I feel about it. I really want to love it. As anyone tried it?!
Eye Cream Is NOT A Hoax!
There is no hoax about eye cream. I’ve been seeing a lot of misinformation about how eye cream isn’t needed or it is just overpriced moisturizer. Sadly this is the spread of uneducated opinions not backed by the proper background in cosmetic chemistry. One of my goals as a Licensed Esthetician? Skin Fitness Expert, and now Cherie Creator is to empower you all to make educated decisions about your skin health and wellness by wiping away the lies and taking the BS out of the beauty industry with simple nerdy posts like this one backed in science. Let’s go ahead and chat facts about the eye area, eye creams, and how this all works so you can make your own decisions on whether eye cream is for you or not. FACT: The skin around the eyes isn’t like the rest of the face. It has no pores. FACT: Pores are the primary way that products are delivered aka get into the skin. FACT: Delivery systems are high tech skin science. They are like the SpaceX of skincare. Anyone can put products on the top of the skin. It’s the company that can get those products ingredients delivered to the exact place they needs to go without damaging anything along the way or having them lose potency that’s a rock ⭐️. FACT: Since the skin around the eyes doesn’t have pores to get product through it needs high tech science 🔬🧬 and ingredients to work on the eye area. FACT: Eye Creams are formulates especially for delivery to the eye area to repair eye issues. FACT: Eye creams aren’t miracle workers. They don’t fix genetic problems like bags, dark circles, etc. They can improve their appearance. OPINION: You may want to skip eye cream for some genetically predisposed things like dark circles which are often caused by pooling blood, poor circulation, shadowing of the upper brow ridge, and diet and try other solutions first. OPINION: Hydration can help your eye area look better! This means any moisturizing will help. Drinking more water💦 applying basic moisturizer will hydrate the top layers of the skin and make them appear better. Understand the deeper layers are not improved. It’s a temporary fix and isn’t repairing or stopping future damage. FALSE: Moisturizer is just as good around the eye area as specially formulated eye cream. TRUTH: Regular moisturizer will not penetrate the eye area skin. It will stay on the orbital bone or in the top dead layers of skin superficially as just hydration. But it most likely won’t repair anything more deeply. Specially designed delivery systems are needed to get into a pore-less area like the eyes. TRUTH: Crows feet don’t need special eye cream. This is where there’s a lot of misinformation! Wrinkles on the sides of the eyes, outside the orbital bone, is regular skin So nope you don’t need special cream per say. 😘 #cheriecreator #eyecream #anti-aging #eyeareaconcerns
The Truth About Antioxidants, Hyaluronic acid, and Salicylic Acid
As someone with very dehydrated skin on the inside but oily looking on the outside, I’ve had to deal with the effects of this type of skin for years and the way it makes me look. Dehydrated skin can look tired and fine lines and wrinkles get accentuated; you would think the fact it’s oily would counteract that, but it doesn’t. My oily skin just looks shiny and that makes everything so much worse and because I live in a hot country my skin can suffer more. I work as a makeup artist and it’s work that’s under pressure. Sometimes I’m outside in the hot sun all day; or under photographers’ lighting. This means I’m constantly hot and sweaty. My skin is expelling water from the inside of my skin to lower the outside temperature. This makes the inside dehydrated and the outside too moist. Combined with that, it’s a fact that as the temperature rises the skin produces even more oil, making me look just horrible. In desperation, I consulted a dermatologist and she advised me that to help combat these problems the only thing to do is add some active ingredients into my skincare routine, by way of products with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid. To explain what this means to you and me I’ve outlined how they work like this - Antioxidants are ingredients that block off the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the toxins that damage the skin: so pollution and sunrays, UVA and UVB, lifestyle by-products like alcohol or cigarettes. They are often found in food and always in nature and they work by anti-aging, brightening, and evening out skin texture; leaving skin radiant and glowy. An amazing product filled with antioxidants which I really love because of its gorgeous texture and easy applications is - My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Hydrating Cream CLARINS - RE-BOOST Refreshing Hydrating Cream Based in both science and nature: vegan, filled with antioxidants, natural ingredients like coconut water, and goji berries, with the added bonus of eco-friendly packaging. Hyaluronic Acid is based in nature: a gel-like substance that has the capacity to soak up and keep over 1000 times its own weight in water and to put this water into your skin cells. Its purpose in beauty products is to keep your skin plump, soft, and hydrated. Used widely in skincare it’s nature’s gift to the dry and dehydrated skin type. With this in mind, a lovely product filled with hyaluronic acid I would definitely recommend because of its lovely silky texture and amazing results is - Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum CAUDALIE - Vinosource SOS Deep Hydration Serum An ultra-light texture using concentrated grape water and hyaluronic acid to restore the level of hydration and dehydration - has 96% natural ingredients and it smells great. Salicylic Acid: this ingredient gently exfoliates away dead skin cells and oil build-up in the pores. This ingredient is highly recommended because it’s gentle enough not to dehydrate the skin, but it works well. Perfect to use on an oily T-zone or any skin that suffers from excess oil problems. My choice would always be - Dr.Brandt Skincare Pores No More-Skin Primer dr. brandt - Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer The great thing is it’s a 2 in1 product: It makes your makeup base look flawless but also helps diminish the look of pores and imperfections leaving a super-smooth canvas. Controls shine throughout the day by using salicylic acid in the form of Red Clover which has oil-absorbing spheres. Ignore all hype around these ingredients. All you need to know is that they work, and don’t be put off with the word ‘acid’ in the name. Both Salicylic and Hyaluronic acids are not actually acids as we know it but active ingredients that give the products the edge over basic skincare.
My Favorite Sunscreen ☀️
I have combination skin that is sensitive and acne-prone. I’m also someone who doesn’t like anything with a sticky feeling on my face! 🌱This is the Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen and it is gorgeous. ✨First of all, it passes the Not Sticky test and doesn’t leave a white cast at all. It’s basically another hydrating moisturizer for your face in the way it applies and interacts with the skin. For this reason, reapplying doesn’t feel gross or heavy and this is one of the few sunscreens I actually enjoy reapplying throughout the day which is so important! ✨This has Hyaluronic Acid in it as well as Centella to enhance the skin barrier which provides protection from ultraviolet rays and any external stressors. It also avoids things like fragrance and essential oils so it is good for sensitive skin. ✨This is $16 for 2 oz which in my opinion is great for what you’re getting. What’s your favorite sunscreen? 🌞
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