The Diversity Photoshoot

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities." -Stephen R. Covey 

Embracing diversity is beautiful. When I was younger I always looked for someone in the media that resembles characteristics like my own. It wasn't always an easy task to relate to people in the media when I was younger, but I do remember all of my favorite shows and movies highlighted diversity.

We tend to seek out familiarity because in a way it validates us as a non-outsider. When you give a monster a reflection you get rid of the monster.  Modern social media platforms  has allowed for more reflection and relatable validation, which has inspired my collaboration with the talented photographer Mary Dee Mateo ( 

I had an idea to showcase my makeup work on various skin tones and types to celebrate diversity. We should celebrate how diverse our culture and our city is! 

As a makeup artist I like to enhance natural beauty, so in these shots I used light makeup to enhance their features. Products Used: MAC Face and Body, Charolette Tilbury Powder, Anastasia Brow Dip, Anastasia Contour Palette, MAC Lip Liner in Soar, Lancome Mascara, Maybelline Gel Liner, and Coastal Scents Blush Palette. 

MODELS: Maddy Pinkerton, Laurel Lawitt, Ivy Chen, and Glen McCree


MAKEUP BY: Yours Truly, Vanessa Ronquillo (Contour & Blush)

<3 Vanessa