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RIN: One time, I went to a gas station, and this guy asked if there was something going on that day. I was, like, “No, this is my makeup today. This is just me.” I’ve never gotten anything negative, like glares, though. They are just very surprised, but they compliment me.
I usually tell people that this is just my face. After a while, you stop paying attention to people staring at you, right?
RIN: I forget sometimes, and I’ll be with my boyfriend and ask him, “Why do feel like people are staring at me?” And he’s like, “Rin, you have bright orange hair and your makeup is a little crazy right now.” Then, I’m like OK, that makes sense.
Did you teach yourself how to do makeup?
RIN: Absolutely. I learned the shape of my face, which is why I’m not a makeup artist. I think that a lot of people get that very confused. I’m a makeup enthusiast. I love the art of makeup. I love doing makeup, but if you asked me to do it on someone else, it would be really, really bad because I only know the shape of my face.
Same. My friends will ask me to do their makeup, and it will come out terrible. I’m too used to the angles of my own face.
RIN: If they have a different eye shape, I’m like, I’m fucked. I can’t do that. No, hire someone else.
Do you purposefully use your Instagram as a platform to spread this message of using makeup as a form of art and self-expression?
RIN: I do want people to know that you can have fun with makeup, and it doesn’t have to be so standard. But at the same time, I am someone who identifies as nonbinary, and that has such a stigma on it. People think that when someone identifies as nonbinary, it’s a short haircut and very androgynous, very boyish, and I don’t represent that. I tried to be masculine, and it didn’t make me happy. I want to share the message that I’m still nonbinary. I still go by he or they, but I’m feminine. I’m not going to lose my femininity. There’s nothing wrong with embracing your femininity but also being nonbinary.
Did makeup help you define your identity?
RIN: Not really. I always knew since I hit puberty, when I was about 13, that I really wasn’t ehhhhh, you know what I mean. I have been experimenting with my gender since then. By the time I started doing makeup, I was already going by Rin, and I was already going by he and they.
What’s the one makeup look that you feel best represents you?
RIN: That’s a hard one. I like very hard blush. When I’m wearing super high, high, high blush, and when I wear pinks, orange, and yellows. I did a look with those sunset colors recently and felt like the baddest bitch ever. Blush is really important to me. One of my favorite looks ever was yellow blush, and I drew these pastel-colored shapes on my face as a tribute to Paramore’s “Hard Times” [music video].
Why is blush so important to you?
RIN: I feel like I was so scared of blush for so long. I was always afraid of being that person who puts on way too much blush. I literally would not touch blush because I thought I would mess it up. Now, it makes me feel good. I look more joyful [with it on], and it brings a lot of edginess and an abstract, high-fashion [vibe] to any sort of look. If you do a look with your eyes, and contour and highlight, OK fine. If you add some heavy blush, that completely turns it and makes it into something more high fashion.