Hospitals are interesting environments
On a bus with a screaming bus driver and a man eating a pungent hot dog. Happy New Year.
Many people have commented on how “long,” “dramatic,” and “sharp” my eyeliner always is. Whether such statements are compliments or criticisms, I embrace my sharp eyeliner. Growing up as a monolided Asian American, I was taunted in the same way most Asian and Asian American children were, with people pulling back the sides of their eyes to make “chinky” eyes (don’t use this term because it’s a slur), and people asking if I saw in widescreen. Like most Asian children growing up in a hate-filled place, I grew to hate my eyes, since they always turned me into a vulnerable target that tempted taunts. Leering faces in the hallway as they slanted their eyes, students asking if I could actually see out of my eyes, it was enough to grate on a person.
My eyeliner is long and sharp for a reason. One of the beautiful things about makeup is that it can make you turn into anyone and anything. You can draw in fuller brows to appear more youthful, or you can draw them in thinner and arched to become lush and sexy. You can make your skin appear dewy and radiant, or matte, mature, and mysterious. Same thing with eyeliner. You can choose to draw in your eyeliner to make then bigger and rounder. For a while, I followed this trend, creating rounder and bigger eyes with eyeliner and double-eyelid glue and tape to counter their slanted, narrow nature. Now, however, I’ve opted otherwise. Instead of hiding my natural monolid beauty, I enhance it.
The length of my eyeliner emphasizes my monolid eyes’ narrow appearance. It stays close enough to my natural eye shape to further emphasize the shape. My eyeliner wings are sharp and bold, daring those to come forth and say something about my eyes again.
It’s odd to think of my makeup style as being a weapon of war against ignorant racism, but I will proudly wear my sharp and angry monolid eyeliner.
And I will provide more!
It hurts the most when there’s no one to tell.
What a great day spent at the Harvest Festival at El Sol Brillante, a beautiful community garden located right here in New York City! Two of our Leave It Better members, Yuna and Dominique, relaxed and enjoyed their day here at the festival, listening to (and dancing along with!) the amazing music, eating delicious food, and walking around the garden to marvel at the sights hidden all throughout the garden (pictures coming soon!)
For interested and potential visitors, this rich and vibrant garden can be found on 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Here in this video, you can listen to a bit of the amazing music that was cheerfully performed during the whole festival.
(A question we would ask our reGeneration program students: What kind of shot is this video? Answer: It’s a Wide Shot!)