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AOC shares beauty routine in Vogue YouTube video

She talks skincare, how women in the workplace are treated, beauty in politics, and the pink tax.

Aug 22, 2020, 10:42 am*

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Elizabeth VanMetre

While her powerful speeches are at the forefront of how Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-N.Y.) time in Congress will be remembered, certainly her style, bold lip, and sleek hairstyles haven’t gone unnoticed. 

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In a new YouTube video for Vogue, the congresswoman breaks down her skincare routine, how women in the workplace are treated, beauty in politics, and the pink tax. 

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“First of all, femininity has power and in politics. There is so much criticism and nitpicking on how women present ourselves,” she says in the video. “Just being a woman is quite politicized here in Washington.” 

AOC has made headlines for what she was wearing and how she looked. Back in February, the New York Post reported on the cost of the dress she wore during an appearance on The View.

The story caught tons of criticism, people asking the Post to start reporting on the cost of men’s clothes too. 

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“There’s this really false idea that, if you care about makeup or if your interests are in beauty and fashion, that that’s somehow frivolous,” she explains in the Vogue video, posted on Friday. “But I actually think that these are some of the most substantive decisions that we make, and we make them every morning.”

“If waking up in the morning and doing your makeup gives you life, then that is amazing and you should do it.”

When it comes to her skincare routine, sunscreen is king.

Acure’s Organics Rejuvenating SPF Day Cream, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Water Essence with SPF, and Nars’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer top her list of choices. 

And her signature bold red lip, that’s Stila’s All-Day Shimmer Liquid Lipstick in Beso. She caused the shade to sell out after tweeting it out in 2018.

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It’s her go-to when she needs “a boost of confidence.” 

From the big office meeting to the voting booth, AOC has you covered makeup-wise but admits that while the makeup can be a supplement to that confidence you need, it truly all comes from the inside. 

“You cannot get your feelings of confidence from anyone but yourself,” she says. “The key to beauty is feeling beautiful, and no amount of money or makeup can really compensate for loving yourself.” 

Watch her full skincare and makeup routine HERE: 

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*First Published: Aug 22, 2020, 10:41 am