After years of struggling with body image while pursuing competitive dance, Sienna Gomez had her entire perspective change thanks to one insightful judge. She began posting body positivity videos on her TikTok, quickly going viral. Within weeks, she was crowned as one of TikTok’s 12 Trailblazers in the Latinx community. Sienna’s career has skyrocketed exponentially since then and she recently announced a partnership with Maybelline. She is excited to embrace one of her favorite brands and hopes to continue to spread her a message of confidence for all.
Cliché: How did you first become involved with dance?
Sienna Gomez: I started dancing competitively five years ago for a studio in my hometown. I took recreation dance classes for several years before being asked to audition for Company (the competitive program). I made it that first year and didn’t look back! I’m no longer part of Company just given how crazy my schedule is right now, but I try to get onto the dance floor and train at least a few nights a week in either my hometown or in LA, depending on where I am.
Competitive dancers often face a lot of pressure to have a certain body type or look a certain way. How did you learn to embrace yourself and your differences in that environment?
In 2019, I was called on stage during awards at a regional dance competition by one of the judges, Wyndee McGovern. She presented me with a coveted award unique to that competition for my stage presence and power – each of the judges could call out one specific person from the competition. She told me, “You were born to stand out. Have confidence in who you are and what you bring to this stage because I promise, you will be a star.” I literally cried on stage because here was this woman who zoned in on and called out my biggest insecurity: I had spent years comparing myself to my tall, thin friends and always felt so short and big next to them. That day – her words on that stage in front of all of my peers – released me from whatever that insecurity was. That’s the moment I started embracing what made me different – my skin color, my big muscular legs, my curvy figure – and started really loving myself for who I am. I think just being seen and validated and encouraged among the hundreds of dancers there was the fuel I needed to really start on this journey of self-love.
You went viral on TikTok for your body positivity videos. What message do you want to send to your followers about body image, especially now that you have such a massive platform?
The biggest message I want people to take away from my content is that they are beautiful just the way they are and that we are all struggling in our own ways – meaning, no one is “perfect” despite what is depicted on social media. Because I’m on a journey of finding self-love and body confidence myself, it only makes sense that that’s part of what I post on TikTok. I think many people feel alone in their struggles – whether that’s struggling to accept themselves or their body, eating, friends, etc. I want people to feel like they aren’t alone – that we are all more alike than we are different – and that it’s super empowering to put your real self out there.
How does it feel to be chosen by TikTok as both part of their Top 100 list and as one of 12 Trailblazers in the Latinx community?
It fills me with pride. Just a few weeks after my first video went viral, TikTok reached out and told me they would like to include me as one of 12 “Trailblazers” in the Latinx community. I only had 1 or 2 million followers then, and they said they had no doubt that I was on my way to becoming one of Gen Z’s Latinx digital entertainment leaders. Then in December, they recognized me again as a “Voice of Change” in their 2020 “Top 100” list. Both designations mean so much to me. The Trailblazer award really made me feel validated, like I had “made it” on the TikTok app and was representing for so many other people. The Voice of Change designation made me feel proud. It’s not easy being vulnerable on TikTok but that’s what I try to do with my content: to show that you don’t have to be “perfect” to be powerful, or be skinny with a face of makeup to be beautiful. Being considered as a trailblazer and voice of change for our generation is something I definitely do not take lightly.
Tell us about your partnership with Maybelline! Why did you decide to partner with them?
I am so honored and excited to be Maybelline’s newest ambassador. It’s the first time in Maybelline history that they have enlisted a Gen Z, Latinx, digital-first talent for a long-term partnership. I’ve been using Maybelline products since I was a little girl in musical theater, so partnering with them was such an easy decision. I love that they are okay that I like being a little more “natural” looking and also appreciate that our very first campaign together was angled more at teaching young girls how to properly apply makeup vs. assuming that they already knew how (with celebrity makeup artist Ariel Tejada on Maybelline’s YouTube channel). My values and Maybelline’s also really align: that you are beautiful the way you are.
What was it like learning to do your makeup with Ariel Tejada?
Amazing – he is literally so talented and kind! Ariel and I still stay in touch and text often. He is one of my very favorite people, and I know we will work together again soon.
What projects do you have coming up with Maybelline?
I make regular content with Maybelline products, which is super fun for me. I’m also really excited about hopefully attending New York Fashion Week this year. I love getting dressed up and going to events, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens! And I recently partnered with them on their global cause initiative around mental health, called Brave Together. I’m looking forward to supporting that initiative however I can.
How can we all learn to be more confident in ourselves?
I get this question a lot. There’s no magic pill for confidence, it’s just something you have to work on every day. I have to work on it every day! I think the most important thing centers around learning to love yourself, whether that’s your body or mind, or both! You only have one body (or mind) and learning to love it or at the very least accept it, even when it’s not perfect, is step one to being happy. Every person in the world has both flaws and strengths but it’s so much better to focus on what you like vs. what makes you feel insecure. If there are things about your body (or mind) that you want to work on, then do it in a fun way. But most importantly, I would focus on what you love about yourself and pour all of your energy into that. Self-love is an awesome step toward confidence.
Read more Celebrity Interviews on ClicheMag.com TikTok Superstar Sienna Gomez on Her Journey to Self Confidence and New Maybelline Partnership. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sienna Gomez.
Nude lips products are all the rage this year, and we can understand why: it’s so effortless, yet polished. Nude lips are pretty much perfect for any occasion and if you aren’t completely won over yet, we’re here to convince you. These lip products are some of the best on the market and their range of nude lip colors for various skin tones is no except. Whether you like lip stains, matte liquid lipsticks, or gloss, there’s a nude lip product here for you.
A Matte Liquid Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Stila’s liquid lipsticks are a cult favorite in the beauty community and it’s pretty obvious why: not only is the color range flattering on all skin tones, but they really do last a long time without budging. The shade “Caramello” is a light nude lipstick perfect for lighter skin tones. For medium to dark skin tones, try “Dolce,” a beautiful chocolatey shade. It even has a little glitter it in for subtle sparkle!
A Lip Gloss: RealHer Lip Plumping Lip Gloss RealHer’s products are more than just pretty packaging: they are reliable and effective. Their Lip Plumping Lip Gloss in the shade “Deep Nude” will make you rethink how you feel about lip gloss. It’s not sticky, lasts a long time, and makes your lips look a little fuller. It comes a part of their Deep Nude Lip Kit, which also includes a Nude Lip Liner and Matte Liquid Lipstick. PS. Use code CLICHEMAG at checkout for 10% off your purchase!
A Lip Stain: LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain Lip stains are perfect for anyone who wants color on their lips without feeling like they are wearing lipstick. Enter LORAC’s Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain. These highly pigmented products contain ingredients like Shea Butter and Evening Primrose Oil to keep your lips hydrated and healthy.
A Creamy Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Loaded Bolds Lipstick Maybelline is another go-to lipstick brand for beauty enthusiasts for many reasons. Not only do their lip products come in a wide range of different finishes and colors, but they work well, too! Their Loaded Bolds Lipstick is no exception. With over 20 super-saturated shades, it’s the nude colors that catch our eye. Who said nude shades had to be boring?
Which nude lipsticks are you loving at the moment? Let us know in the comments below!
Some of us are blessed with perfect, acne-free skin that is always clear and never causes any problems. The majority, however, are not that lucky. It’s estimated that 80% of people experience acne outbreaks between the ages of 11-30. Of course, genetics or your environment play a big role in how your skin behaves, but there are things you can do also to put your best face forward. Here’s how to begin a great skincare regimen: Healthy Habits No matter how great your routine is or what products you use not leading a healthy lifestyle will always have a negative impact on your skin. This means cutting out habits that can trigger your skin’s problem areas. Cut out smoking because it causes under eye bags, wrinkles, and an overall dullness to your skin. Also foods that are salty, non-organic, or fatty will have a direct impact on the glow of your skin and will definitely increase acne. Routine is Key With the multitude of products and methods available it may seem that achieving a clear face is a really complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting your routine down is the most important part. Breaking things down into 3 steps and repeating them in the morning and night will ensure that a change will appear not only your skin’s clarity, but it’s overall healthiness as well. Every morning you should first cleanse your face. Then, lightly exfoliate to remove the build up from your sleep. Lastly, use a light moisturizer and apply sunscreen to your face and you’re ready to start your day. At night, these steps are repeated (sans the sunscreen) to bring things full circle. How easy is that? These steps apply regardless of what type of skin you have. Less is More Putting on a face full of makeup is necessary from time to time, but don’t make this a habit. If you must pile on the foundation make it a light one. MAC, Maybelline, and Clinique all make lightweight foundations that won’t weigh on your skin and cause breakouts. Also, break the habit of sleeping with makeup on; you’ll regret it when pimples start taking over your face.
Using these easy tips are guaranteed to make a HUGE change in the way your skin looks and feels. Once you get your routine down, you will be well on your way to confident, clear skin living. Follow more Beauty articles on Clichemag.com Photo courtesy of Zenspa1 on Flickr
Beauty brands are notorious for launching new products each and every month. Amongst the hundreds of liners, lippies, blushes, bronzers, and other cosmetics, there are a few that have captured my beauty heart. Here are a few fabulous products of the moment that I have been crushing on and using like no tomorrow. Trust me, once you try these beauty babies out, you won’t want to put them down either. Holy grail purchases? I totally believe so! Check out our beauty crushes below!
Blend It Out It’s true that the Beautyblender has been in my beauty collection for quite some time now, as with many other beauty junkies out there. As of late, though, I have been using it non-stop—more than any of my other beauty tools at my reach. I love applying BB cream and blending out cream blush (and even bronzer) softly onto my skin with the Beautyblender slightly wet. It easily helps any product melt into my skin and appear as organic as possible.
Elephant Love Okay, I must admit that what drew me to this brand was the elephant logo. If you know me at all, you know I am literally obsessed with elephants. Luckily, this beauty brand not only has that adorable elephant logo, but skincare products that work wonders! I have been using the Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 all summer and it has kept my facial skin sunburn- and redness-free! It is also super lightweight, not making my skin feel oily, sticky, or hot! That’s a check in my beauty book.
Go Big or Go Home I love a dependable dry shampoo product like no other girl out there. Not only does it allow you to make your hair last days without shampooing or conditioning, but it allows your hair’s natural oils to produce. Remember, you shouldn’t wash your hair every day, but more like every two or three days, especially if you have curls like me! I love Garnier’s original dry shampoo formula and have been trying out their Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo, which I have equally fallen in love with. It keeps my curls wild and voluminous without having to wash them every day.
Go Nude The versatility of the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette is limitless due to the pigmented colors provided in it. Whether you are going for a day or night look, it can easily be achieved with this eye-opener! The build in color is absolutely incredible and you can always come up with a new look every day. It has become my go-to palette of the summer!
Cream Blush A blush with a creamy formula is my go-to during the summer heat, since I find that they are easier to apply either lightly or intensely. They also last throughout the day without me having to reapply as much as I would with a powder blush. One of my favorite cream blushes is Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise. I adore the bright shade of this cream blush. It goes beautifully with my sun-kissed skin from these hot days!
Bring the Heat Usually in the summer time, I stay away from using any type of heat on my hair for as long as possible. However, there are days where a bit of structure from a styling tool does create that extra ‘oomph.’ Always remember to use some type of heat protecting product before using heat against your hair. When I crave a bit more bounce in my curls, I spray heat protectant over them and then go in with a curling iron, curling a few pieces here and there in different directions. Then I just tousle them all out and am off on another adventure!
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With the last of the frost melting away and the buds from the first flowers sprouting, the transition from winter to spring is officially in the works. Thank you, mother nature! It’s been a long and snow-filled winter for us on the East Coast, so as the weather begins to warm up, we’re happy to do the same. Not only are we bringing out our warmer weather wardrobe, but also our favorite beauty products made to be bright and full of light.
First on our list is none other than an important base to all our makeup needs (well, besides primer) — foundation. It’s safe to say that we’ve all been rocking that pale/light skin tone throughout the winter, and now it’s time to amp up our color for the spring without looking over-baked or unnatural. How do you do this? Just kick your winter shade up one or two notches. This will give your skin a natural glow that blends in beautifully with these upcoming warmer months. Just be sure to blend, blend, and blend some more.
Here are the best foundations for spring. Check them out for yourself in a shade that will compliment you beautifully. Remember your blenders, gals!
We welcome back crisp, fall mornings filled with the smell of pumpkin spice lattes and warmed by cozy, oversized sweaters this season. Finally being able to enjoy delicious hot beverages and fuzzy apparel aren’t the only fall factors we’re excited for. It’s time to replace the bright, bold colors of summer in our makeup bags with the moody, shimmery shades of fall. Think dark liner, metallic eyeshadow, and rich, colored lips for a little preview of what fall beauty is all about. These beauty trends are what we really have been craving! Well, next to the free candy given out on Halloween, of course. Now if only we could score beauty products along with that candy!
(Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba, Revlon.com)
(NYX Matte Lipstick in Merlot, $6, Nyxcosmetics.com)
Our favorite lips shades all hold that dramatic factor that we can only get away with during the autumn season. Now is when we can adorn the wildest, moodiest colors on our lips. If you’re new to bold, dark lips, check out some of our favorites: Nars’ Satin Lipstick in Afghan Red, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba, and M.A.C’s lipstick in Rebel. Rich hues of maroon, bright pigments of pink, and the deep, satin effect of purple are what we sure are taking advantage of each week—it’s safe to say my shade of Nyx’s Matte Lipstick in Merlot will be all but gone by December!
Shimmery, Metallic Eyeshadows Let your eyelids flutter with a metallic sheen of gold, nude, silver, or even green. It’s a must-try trend this fall because it can easily be added to any makeup look. Stila provides gorgeous cream-to-shadow products in full-on metallic shades from Metallic Dusty Rose to Titanium. With these shadows, add some shimmer to a smoky eye for more depth or to an everyday look for some allure. Metallic eyeshadows bring that extra touch of glam that makes our beauty techniques even more fabulous. Try this shimmery trend this fall and see how many eyes will be on yours!
(Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $18, Sephora.com)
(Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, $24, Bobbibrowncosmetics.com)
Dark Liners Brightly-colored eyeliners were all the rage this past summer, but it’s time to welcome back the classic black. Black will always be the new black. You can’t go wrong at all with a long-lasting ebony eyeliner. Some of my must-haves are Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. Each one is a definite keeper for being bold, smudge-proof, and easy-to-style. You’ll be rocking liner just as mod as Twiggy’s was in the 60’s!
Even though the summer has passed, our handy bronzers are still kept in tow. They add that extra glow we want year-round in hundreds of shades that we can’t get over. For fall, it’s all about warm undertones in shades of cocoa, buff pinks, and gold finishes. Pat down your cheeks with a touch of Benefit’s Sun Beam, a blend of Marc Jacobs’ O!Mega Bronze, or a sweep of Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. Your cheeks will be as bright as ripe apples this season. “Fall Beauty Trends” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2014 issue.
It’s that time of year again, when the sound of alarm clocks replaces that of crashing beach waves, and homework threatens to trump hanging out with friends. Each September, reality sets back in again, and we all fall into crazy routines that will never measure up to the frivolities and pleasures of summer time. This autumn, look out for your style; the temperature may drop, but that doesn’t mean it too should fall short.
I know exactly what you’re thinking right now: you have no time to get ready in the mornings. You’d rather spend those few precious extra minutes in bed. Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s a way to have it all. Aim for an A+ in style this semester. Mark these beauty tips on your cheat sheet and you’ll be sure to turn some heads by the time grades are posted.
When it comes to makeup, the key is keeping it simple. Say goodbye to the rigorous routines and heavy products and hello to the simple and easy-to use. There’s no need to cover everything up. This semester, use products like these that will highlight your features and give you all day coverage and comfort.
Photo courtesy of Maybelline
1. For daily use, forget those thick liquid foundations. Instead, choose a powder such as one from the Bare Minerals Broad Spectrum line. You’ll find that powders are easier to match to your unique skin tone, and they absorb natural oils more efficiently. Not to mention, they can be applied and blended in a matter of seconds.
2. Forget traditional eye shadows. This year, try out eye creams and gel shadows. These products can be applied with a brush or just the tip of your finger. They’ll do all the same things powder shadows do, but without the mess or the hassle. Gel shadows stay on right where you place them all day long. You won’t have to worry about spreading glitter all over your face or dealing with shiny and faded eyes by the end of the night. These products will give you a flawless finish in any shade and I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
3. There is nothing wrong with a vibrant lip shade, but let’s face it, 8am college algebra doesn’t exactly scream sexy red lips. Go for a neutral shade with a touch of sparkle and a hint of shine for a more natural and understated look that will not need to be touched up all day long. Products from the Baby Lips line from Maybelline will even moisturize your lips as they shine. How’s that for saving time? HAIR
When it comes to the perfect back-to-school hairdos, there’s no need to fret. Curling and straightening irons can do wonders, but embracing your natural locks will save you time and keep your hair shiny and healthy all semester long.
4. On those days when you simply have to run, you’ll find that fabric headbands are the perfect solution to any hair dilemma. Find patterned and embellished ones that will add a sassy pop of color and flair to any outfit. Use them to pull back bangs, flaunt loose straight hair or natural waves, or wear them with a messy bun. Either way, these headbands will give you a put-together look that will have everyone thinking took you all morning to perfect.
5. For those in-between days when blow drying and scrunching just won’t cut it, why not rock a braid? Braids provide fun and versatile ways to change up your look. Choose a simple hairline design to keep your locks away from your face in the lab or playful hipster hidden braids for study group. The fun doesn’t stop here! Pick up all of your hair in French or fishtail braid for those late night runs to the gym.
6. For a more sophisticated look, ballerina buns are surely your best bet. Cut and roll up one of your mix-matched socks and form your ponytail around it for a full and crisp look that is sure to demand authority and attention.
September means a return to mundane reality, but remember, style doesn’t need to suffer too. With this as your guide you’ll be on your way to all things studious and fabulous!
I remember the day I gave up eye shadow like it was yesterday. I was up before sunrise, wasting precious hours of sleep sitting in front of a mirror, attempting to cover my eyelids with a thin film of beige, sparkley dust. Frustrated with the tedious task, I finally decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. I threw down the brushes, three to be exact, and walked out the door without the sparkles. Sparing 20 minutes to create a look that would fade in a few hours and leave a trail of glitter down my cheek just didn’t make any sense.
There did come a point in time, when dull, shadow-less eyelids did start to bother me, but that time was short lived. You see, just when I was about to return to the routine I’d dropped, I was introduced to eye cream shadows. Growing in popularity, these products have a smooth gel consistency and can be applied in a matter of seconds with a brush or simply the tip of your finger. Apply as much or as little as you like and even blend multiple shades to make a statement that will resonate from dawn to dusk. With cream shadows, you’ll never have to worry about running glitter, using specialized brushes, or wasting time. Your biggest decision will be choosing the right shade to slide over your lid!
Don’t waste another second on eye shadows. Find a gel or cream that’s right for you, like one from Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow, for fierce eyes that will have everyone thinking took you all day to create. I assure you once you try cream, you’ll never dream of anything else. Pretty soon you’ll be screaming for eye cream too!