I am not just a lipstick lesbian.
I am a lipstick/lipliner/four shades of eyeshadow/eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/falsies/liquid foundation/powder/bronzer/highlighter/setting spray lesbian.
It may not look like it on a daily basis—as I like to keep a natural, humble look throughout the week—but on the weekends, I love going full drag and putting on as much makeup as possible, just for the sport of it. I love trying new shades and styles to match my look. I love finding new brands that give me new ways to express myself. I also love supporting queer-owned makeup lines.
For all of my fellow lipstick, etc. lesbians, here’s a list of queer-owned makeup lines to bring your inner beauty to the surface.
Drew Barrymore, noted makeup queen and bisexual babe, started FLOWER to provide women with cruelty-free, high-quality makeup at an affordable price. She is known for hitting the red carpet with classic, fresh-faced looks, and that is exactly what you can achieve with FLOWER’s products. Choose from a variety of face, eye, and lip makeup, fragrances, bags and tools, as well as prepackaged sets to mix and match. I’ve got my eye on the WARRIOR glitter shadow, which is water-infused to create the fiercest, pigmented color all night. It’s exactly the product I need to catch any light, even in the darkest of NYC clubs. I may also need to pick up a Power Up! Revitalizing Sheet Mask to cure my impending hangover.
Shirley Pinkson teamed up with makeup mogul James Walker and cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Reneé Snyder to create cruelty-free, plant-based, organic makeup that is actually good for your skin. According to their mission statement, they are very cognizant that the skin absorbs 80 percent of whatever is put on it. The founders want to make sure that the makeup is natural and good for you, and also looks natural (and good for you). They formulate products that make you look like you’re not wearing any makeup at all. If you’re not yet ready for a commitment, their website offers mini versions and samples of their products. The Expressionist Liquid Liner will create the perfect cat eye without creating any fuss on your skin.
Patricia Velasquez—supermodel, actress, activist, and lesbian—created a beauty and hair care line that literally reflects her down-to-earth values. Taya, which means “I am” in the Wayuu dialect, offers products made from organic ingredients sent directly from the rainforests. The products are free from GMOs and chemicals and are never tested on animals. According to the mission statement, sales of Taya products not only benefit hundreds of families who grow and harvest ingredients but also preserve the region’s natural resources. Taya uses ingredients like clays, collagen, and indigenous nuts and berries to essentially give your hair superpowers. The Amazon White Clay and Acacia Collagen Overnight Plumper is a leave-in conditioner that will have you waking up with plush, luxurious hair—all while saving the environment.
Gloria Noto spent 11 years working as a makeup artist and was disappointed with the chemically-packed cosmetics. She wanted to find a solution. Combining her fine arts and makeup skills (plus her chic AF lesbian vibes) she created NOTO. This line is gender-fluid, natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. Products range from serums to lip stains to highlighters to essential oils. In addition to making a change in the beauty industry, she used this platform to make a change in the world: 100 percent of the proceeds from NOTO Agender Oil goes to LGBTQ centers, women’s centers, and organizations such as Planned Parenthood. So far, they have raised over $12,000 and continue to create good products and good karma.
Fluide founders Laura Kraber and Isabella Giancarlo (one of our 2018 100 Women We Love!) have created what is arguably the most fun beauty line ever. Their main focus was to develop a gender fluid line of products for anyone and everyone to express themselves. Their extensive line of glitter lets you live out your sparkliest fantasies. All of Fluide’s lipsticks, nail polishes, glitters, glosses, and shadows are chemical-free and cruelty-free. The company also donates 5 percent of proceeds to two different nonprofits that support the LGBTQ community: Callen-Lorde and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Callen-Lorde provides a range of healthcare services to New York’s LGBTQ community regardless of income, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project ensures that people are entitled to determine their own gender identity and self-expression. Fluide embodies everything that the LGBTQ community is: fabulous and fierce.
JoAnn Fowler was the on-set makeup artist on The L Word and felt that the chemicals in the makeup were detrimental to the actors’ skin. In response, she developed a line of makeup that is organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally friendly. Her products include natural ingredients such as coconut oil, organic apple juice, organic pineapple juice, and lavender oil. I don’t know whether to put it on my face or in my mouth; it sounds delicious! She has created products for all parts of the face, including brow pomades, blushes, shimmers, and color-correcting creams. Most importantly, the SAPPHO line offers a gentle eye makeup remover that will moisturize your skin and won’t burn the sh*t out of your eyes when you use it.
This brand new line of liquid lipsticks comes from Houston, TX and is infused with sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil to provide moisturizing, long-lasting wear. Each lipstick is made with organic products and is cruelty-free. Amoré Monét offers six different colors for all different occasions. Go for a casual daytime look with the natural shade Fall In Love or rock the hottest hot pink with the Vie shade. To make this line even hotter, 10 percent of the sales proceeds will be donated to a monthly rotation of charitable organizations that benefit the LGBTQ community, including youth and women’s rights.
What are you waiting for? Pile up your cart with these fab, queer-owned beauty products, beat your face to the lez gawds, and slay.