Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t running for president—at 30, she’s got another five years before she’s even allowed to—but she has been spending some time on the campaign trail lately as a high-profile endorser of Bernie Sanders. The congresswoman went to Los Angeles with the campaign on Saturday, December 21, where she spoke at a rally, but before greeting the crowd, she greeted her Instagram followers with a little look into her makeup routine and why, though she’s great at doing her makeup, she wishes it wasn’t considered a necessity for women in politics.
“So, first and foremost, I do not have a glam team. I don’t have a hairstylist, I don’t have a makeup artist that I take on the road with me. I do my own makeup,” Ocasio-Cortez says in a makeup-free video taken with her phone’s front-facing camera, explaining that the only time a professional does her makeup is when TV station makeup artists do it so it shows up correctly on-camera. “So it’s all very DIY, especially if you’re a woman running for office. You just have to learn how to do your own makeup. And I did it with lots of YouTube tutorials.”
She then shares a photo of the makeup she brought with her to L.A., and while she didn’t list the specific products, it appears she’s using Huda Beauty’s Easy Bake Powder and Matte & Metal Melted Shadow, the Allure Best of Beauty and Readers’ Choice award-winning L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and what appears to be a Nars blush, a Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour palette, Fenty Beauty Match Stix, a Glossier Haloscope highlighter, as well as few other items, including her go-to Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso—the red she famously wore throughout her own Congressional campaign in 2018.
Along with the photo, she wrote, “This is what I used today. It’s more than usual (for me) but campaign stops have a zillion lights, lots of cameras, etc and it needs to stay on for a very long day.” She also noted, “Most of these products have excellent dupes! I also use dupes/drugstore bb cream for everyday makeup too.”