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” Hello! My name is Karla Cornejo Villavicencio ( @kcornv), I’m 30 years old, and I’m an author. For the past 3 years I’ve been working on my very first book. I ‘d call it a punk manifesto about immigration– my family immigrated from Ecuador to New York City when I was five, and after the last election I chose it was time to pay my dues. I have been undocumented for the majority of my life, and I want to assist the kids of immigrants, young immigrants, and grandchildren of immigrants emancipate themselves from the American Dream. The book is a mix of stories from undocumented immigrants– some are my household’s and some I’ve collected from individuals around the country. I went on a lot of reporting trips to satisfy them, and I constantly fretted I ‘d get apprehended myself. Originally I thought it would be best to dress nondescript and blend in, however then I decided to take a Susan Sontag method and look glamorous and mysterious by using a full face of makeup as armor. (Plus my attorney’s telephone number in Sharpie on my palm, simply in case.)
When I’m not taking a trip, I work at house. Or, in your home about two thirds of the time, at a bar a third of the time, and about 3-percent of the time at PF Chang’s. Having the ability to rest in the dark when I have a migraine is a high-end that’s not lost on me. I keep all my skin care at my desk, and do my entire routine there in the morning. As I’m preparing to work, it helps me get inspired. I start with a mask as a timer for answering e-mails. I like to put it on, make a glass of kombucha, and blow through my inbox for 15 to 20 minutes while it works. My favorite is the Leaders Amino Moisture Mask, which leaves my dry skin so plump. After that, I actually love Biologique’s Cream P50 V, which has actually totally suppressed my breakouts– even the hormonal ones. I utilize The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid, followed by CosRX’s Triple C Lightning Liquid I’m not fussy about moisturizer– I’ll utilize whatever sample Sephora has actually sent me– but I regularly like Embryolisse
Then I put on my makeup. I want to appear like you need to lean in near hear me, like my voice sounds like money, and like I’m burnt and delighted. I want to look alive. Glossier’s Skin Tint in G6 benefits when I’m just sitting at my desk, but I use the Covergirl Just Ageless foundation when I want more coverage. I know it’s a rogue pick, but due to the fact that it’s targeted towards mature skin, it’s so moisturizing. Plus, Traditional Tan is my ideal shade– a little bit darker than my natural skin for additional heat. I use the bronzer from Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate in Intensity 01 to contour, but the best bronzer for olive-brown girls is Bare Minerals’ A Little Sun It makes me appear like I have a sunburn. I generally top it with Advantage’s Galifornia blush, which is subtle, or Chanel blush in 320[Ed note: discontinued].
I sometimes tie my hair back to work, and when I do that I like to curl my bangs. From the front I can pretend I have curly hair, and it also helps to take down the Dora the Explorer vibes.
I found out from my mom that beauty is dignity, and I’m grateful that she gave me all her early-’90 s, thick gold Brooklyn fashion jewelry– they’re heirlooms now, darling. I found Vince Maximin a couple years later on, and he’s done most of my tattoos given that.
To loosen up after a day of working from house, I slather my face with Saint Jane’s CBD oil and utilize a jade roller. I’ll also most likely be listening to a podcast about cults, the subject of my next book. I can’t wait to infiltrate some in real life.”
— as informed to ITG
Photos via the author