Manny Gutierrez on the State of Range in Magnificence and How Drag Tradition Formed His Line


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Manny Gutierrez (higher generally known as Manny MUA) is likely one of the unique make-up artists to explode on YouTube—without end altering the best way magnificence can be outlined, perceived, and consumed. Nearly a decade in the past, Gutierrez was working at Sephora, serving to consumers comb via seemingly infinite cabinets of product. And by 2017—after accumulating hundreds of thousands of subscribers on his YouTube channel—he turned the primary male ambassador for Maybelline New York. In the present day, Gutierrez is the creator of his very personal make-up line, Lunar Magnificence, however the founder says his mission continues to be the identical—to assist individuals discover the perfect merchandise at the perfect value factors. Forward, Gutierrez shares his full-circle journey, how drag influenced Lunar Magnificence, and the game-changing make-up suggestions he is discovered alongside the best way.

How was Lunar Magnificence conceptualized?

“I used to be interested by Lunar Magnificence for years earlier than it formally began. I wished to create out-of-this-world magnificence. That’s what my model slogan is. I wished to create items that have been completely beautiful, issues I hadn’t seen earlier than. I wished individuals to suppose, ‘Wow the one that created this actually took their time and made some actually superb make-up.’ And at a very truthful value level. For me, I wished to have my very own model and make merchandise individuals would truly love. So, it was extra in regards to the connection to my viewers and making make-up that was high-performing and delightful, however at a very truthful value level.”

Plenty of well-known make-up artists and celebrities launch magnificence strains underneath their very own names—however your line is not referred to as Manny MUA Magnificence. The place did the identify Lunar Magnificence come from?

I’ve all the time been an evening owl. I’ve all the time been the sort to remain up tremendous late and get up a bit late as effectively. I’ve all the time been fascinated with the evening sky and stars and the moon. An enormous inspiration of mine is Sailor Moon from again within the day. I assumed Lunar Magnificence match so completely. I wished to offer my model its personal life and have it’s its personal factor. I didn’t need individuals robotically associating my model with me. The cool factor is Lunar Magnificence has its personal world and its personal life and its personal essence.”

What’s the hero product of the road?

“The merchandise individuals discuss probably the most proper now are the blush palette and the glosses. These are those individuals rave about, they usually promote out the quickest. However I feel my hero product was truly Life’s a Drag, which was my first product. And it was a half-neutral and half-bright palette. It was impressed by my make-up journey—I did drag just a few occasions earlier than. And I wished to create a product that felt like an ode to my expertise as a creator and an artist attempting to come back into the area. For me, Life’s a Drag will all the time have a particular place in my coronary heart.”

Your an O.G. in the case of YouTube make-up artists. In your eyes, how has the area developed with reference to variety? Are we headed in the suitable path?

“It’s been such a wild journey. Six, seven years in the past—there weren’t male magnificence gurus on the market doing issues on a big scale. After I began, I wished to create and do what the women may did—however in my very own means. Since then, variety has come into the sweetness area. It is astonishing and delightful. In the present day, we’ve superb Black creators like Jackie Aina and Make-up by Shayla, and also you see so many superb Black and trans creators, like Nikita Dragun. After which after all extra boys in magnificence. Patrick Starr and I, again within the day, we have been doing it. So it’s cool to see the pioneers that existed again within the day nonetheless doing it, and now there are such a lot of who look as much as them. It’s a way more numerous area.”

Do you suppose there’s nonetheless a stigma round males and make-up? What does society nonetheless have to study?

“In fact there’s nonetheless stigma. After I labored at Sephora, I’d stroll via the mall throughout my lunch break in full make-up—individuals would take a look at me very surprisingly. Even now after I put on full glam on the street, individuals will look. It’s the identical factor, nonetheless the identical seems to be, nonetheless the identical whispering. I’m simply extra assured now than I used to be then, so I don’t care. It’s extra so about self esteem and self-reflection. You should be sure to’re assured with your self, as a result of it’s very easy to really feel inferior when individuals are watching you and whispering.

It’s the identical factor, nonetheless the identical seems to be, nonetheless the identical whispering. I’m simply extra assured now than I used to be then, so I don’t care.

“However I do suppose it’s so a lot better than what it was six years in the past to now. You realize? The extra you see one thing the extra you get used to it. There’s so many extra boys in magnificence and a lot extra variety within the magnificence area, you simply get increasingly used to it. It turns into the brand new regular.”

What a full-circle second so that you can go from being a Sephora worker to truly founding and formulating your individual line. What does that really feel like?

“It’s loopy. Working at Sephora I’d have by no means thought in my wildest desires I’d be the place I’m now. At Sephora, I actually helped individuals discover merchandise to work for them. And that’s sort of what I nonetheless do now, proper? However on a a lot bigger scale. So it truly is such a cool full-circle second. It’s actually cool to see how that journey has unfolded. It’s been a protracted journey, however it feels so quick. It’s been what, seven years now? Nevertheless it felt prefer it glided by straight away.”

At Sephora, I actually helped individuals discover merchandise to work for them. And that’s sort of what I nonetheless do now, proper? However on a a lot bigger scale.


You will have a maximalist strategy to make-up. Do you are feeling most comfy with a full beat or are you excited to take your make-up off on the finish of the day?

“The merchandise I create—just like the Moon Prism Blush and the glosses, for instance—these are issues you possibly can put on full glam or little glam, they usually’re simply going to spruce you up slightly bit. You possibly can add slightly little bit of elevate to any look. There are positively days after I do not need to put on glam. I’m like an all-or-nothing sort of individual—I’m both not sporting any make-up or I’m sporting full glam. Sometimes, if I’m happening a date, I’ll go in-between and put on just a bit little bit of concealer and bronzer. Make-up is what you make of it, that’s the enjoyable half. You are able to do no matter you need with it. You will get a bright-bold palette and incorporate it in refined methods or in large methods. You are able to do no matter you need!”

I am certain you have tried each final make-up remover available on the market. In your opinion, what’s one of the best ways to take away a full face with out stripping your pores and skin?

“I prefer to double-cleanse. If I’m full beat, I’ll use an oil remover—normally I exploit the Tula one, I’m obsessive about it and I’ve already gone via three of them. Then I exploit the Face Halo to take off my first layer. As soon as the vast majority of the make-up is taken off, then I’ll use a standard cleanser. I normally use the Korres’ Greek Yogurt Foaming Cream Cleanser. I like foam as a result of it actually takes all the pieces off. That’s the method—I break down the make-up first with an oil or balm, after which cleanse afterwards. I double-cleanse each time. “

Do you adapt your make-up routine primarily based off of how a lot make-up you have been sporting that day, or are you fairly constant along with your merchandise?

“I maintain the identical routine day after day. The one factor I change out is the serum, relying on what sort of energetic ingredient I would like for that day. I would desire a retinol one evening or a vitamin C the subsequent. I all the time cleanse, all the time put a toner on, apply serum, an eye fixed cream, moisturizer, and observe that up with a mist.

“On days after I’m sporting full glam for a very long time, I exploit a heavier moisturizer as a result of my pores and skin feels dry after sporting make-up all day. My face is like, ‘I want air! I have to breathe!’”


Now that so many individuals are working from residence, many have both given up make-up altogether or actually rely on it for some sense of normalcy. What’s your on a regular basis make-up routine proper now?

“I exploit my Moon Prism Blush Palette each single time I do make-up. I’m truly engaged on one other one—one other blush palette, so there’s slightly unique for you. I all the time use my gloss too, the Selene Gloss is staple for me. I’ve been actually loving e.l.f.;s Hydro Camo Concealer. It’s fucking superb. I’ve been utilizing it each time I do my make-up. And it’s $6! I used to be like, “How did you do that?'”

What’s a game-changing make-up tip you have discovered through the years that applies to individuals at residence proper now?

“I by no means was into the concept of utilizing powder puffs. However do not sleep on powder puffs! I exploit them on a regular basis. A powder puff is so nice for a fast touch-up with out having so as to add make-up. So let’s say you could have a powder puff—there’s already powder in it, proper? And so relatively than having to get a brush or wipe off your basis, you possibly can simply use a puff and press it down. It doesn’t disrupt your basis.”

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