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“I came out when I was 10 years old, and when I hit 14 [or] 15, I started to really question my gender and started to really want to express myself in ways that I felt like I had to as a form of survival, to be honest. And makeup for me was the way to do that,” Smith says, going on to recall a particularly impactful experience at their local MAC makeup store. “I just remember feeling so left out, because I was like, ‘This shop isn’t for me. Makeup isn’t for me,’ and Narisa, the Los Angeles Dodgers Heart Shirt wonderful, wonderful person, basically taught me that makeup is for me, and it doesn’t matter whatever gender you are. It’s a form of expression and it feels nice.” Now, color cosmetics—be they in the form of a shiny lip lacquer from Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs or all-out glitter applied in strokes at eye level—have become an essential part of their ensemble. “Last year, when I changed my pronouns and really spoke out about my gender expression and my gender fluidity, I started falling in love with makeup all over again,” they note.