"The first time I really felt that on screen was while I was watching Eighth Grade. There's this moment when [Kayla] is watching these YouTube videos and, in that moment, I just vividly remembered doing that growing up. That was only like fours years ago, but yeah, there's something about growing up online and having access to these videos that tell you how to take care of your skin and it feels like this weird, unspoken sisterhood."
"It used to be more oily, but now it feels more dry, so I've started moisturizing more. Acne is definitely stress and period-related for me. I wear so much more makeup when I'm working than I do in my regular life, so it's important for me to have a cleanser that's specifically for taking off makeup, like the Bliss Jelly Cleanser. I have fun with masks, too, like the Mighty Marshmallow Mask. I figure if I do enough face masks, I'll just naturally look awake."
"I definitely play a lot with makeup. Beauty is something that... is just so infinite, but also, so dictated by what we want to look like. It's always been something I'm fascinated by, like using the face as a place to paint. I think there's something very advantageous about makeup, but it's also a way to manipulate gazes, which I'm constantly trying to deal with and play with, like how do I make people look at me like this, or how to make them not look at me."
"It's kind of all over. When I started going through puberty, I became very conscious of how men looked at me. I think that I can still access beauty in a way where I want to look like a pretty woman, where I want to look like something that's beautiful, but without inviting [the male gaze] into my space. It's something I'm constantly trying to play with that, in a way, almost doesn't attract men [Laughs]."
"Solange is the perfect example of how I try to wear makeup. There's something about the way she wears makeup that's architectural and artistic. I've always referenced her looks for how I want to do my makeup."
"Because I grew up on sets and was used to people doing my makeup, I've learned a lot more through Carmen. It's so interesting to watch someone like her, who is younger than me, figure it out. There's something about the particular age Carmen is at now, which is 14, that's so much about trying to look like something. I've passed that time where I feel pressure to really beat my face for the gods every day. But it's interesting to see how she plays with her reflection."
"I literally don't do anything. I've never trimmed them or tweezed them. I've had a lot of makeup people try to and I say no so quickly. That's one part of my face I actually feel comfortable with, so I don't want to change that. My brows are like, 'Fuck yeah, this is me baby!' If you saw my dad, you'd understand my brows. We're Syrian and Armenian, so that's why I have them."
Very interested in cutting my hair and fixing on my appearance during the “revolution” as a survival way of temporarily fulfilling, focused distraction- girls/women/nb people exercising whatever autonomy over own bodies we have left- whatever that means. (Beauty is terror, @arabellesicardi?) (@_hairbylaurie ?)
"Jia Tolentino wrote something to this effect in The New Yorker. I'm not going to fully quote her, but it's something on the idea of young women, in this day and age, making choices about their looks that isn't distracting, but not self-indulgent. Those choices definitely separate you from the rest of the world, but at the same time, beauty isn't so personal; it's so political and public. Making a decision like cutting or dyeing your hair, for me and my friends, is something that has always been a decisive action about how we want to be viewed."
"I've always wanted to dye it platinum blonde, like Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. No one will let me, but I really want to. Maybe I'll get there after I turn 18. I'll go platinum blonde and shave my eyebrows off."