There is a heat, a sophistication, and a radiance from the dramatic shine on the skin with bursts of fiery pinks and oranges — that aren’t forceful, but make an impact. Just like Kira Conley herself does when you meet her.
She is one of the faces of a new generation of acceptance and defining beauty on one’s own terms. I had the pleasure of working with Kira on a shoot for You Do You Magazine, whose tag line reads: “fashion and lifestyle for everybody.”
It’s a place where girls don’t have to look feminine, and boys can if they want to. Buzz cuts, earrings and lipstick are up for grabs in this “agender” focused fashion and lifestyle site.
In a debut interview for the site, Kira speaks rather nonchalantly about being a transgendered woman who transitioned at the age of 15. There is a level of calm in her responses that give the sense she isn’t hyper focused on it as her identity. She’s just living her life.
Captivating images inspire self-expression in our lives and gives us inspiration to integrate touches of our own idea of beauty that feels authentic and unique.
That’s precisely how I feel about the philosophy behind my work as “sustainable makeup artist”.
For the last five years I’ve been working with a makeup kit filled with natural, organic beauty products, and I proved a ton of people wrong who said eco makeup would never look as good on camera.
So instead of coating Kira’s face with petroleum-based grease (that can potentially harm skin), I used a skin balm from Nourish Organics to get that high-gloss look.
Drinking green juice is great, but it’s not the end of the road in terms of health. There are impacts to consider about what you are putting on your body – both for your wellbeing and that of our planet’s.
The world of fashion is also becoming more conscious of sourcing, pollution, factory conditions, human rights, and what effect those decisions have on the collective.
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Beauty and fashion are the perfect place to show the world how you think it needs to evolve, and you don’t have to give up being a gorgeous creature of self expression.
Below are many of the natural products I used on Kira for you to browse.
As with all of life, be sure to: Have Fun. Be Conscious. Be Authentic. Basically — You Do You.
You Do You Beauty Shoot Makeup Used
- Nourish Organic Skin Solve *** most important for all over shine
- W3ll People Narcissist Foundation #1
- RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Moment
- RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer
- RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Curious
- Gressa Skin Lip Boost in Radiant
- Jane Iredale Lip Liner in Berry
- Jane Iredale White Eyeliner
- Sante Lash Balm
All photos by Logan Jackson. Hair Styling by Casey Geren.