The Power of Makeup
On the week of our cover shoot, her very first solo cover, Janina Vela just enlisted in her classes—now completely online. Enlisting in classes is a completely distant memory I have from eons ago. To this point, I didn’t realize how much younger she was than me, and my naturally nurturing, almost motherly, instincts took over; I wanted to protect her at all costs.
Her energy is infectious. A completely endearing figure, she brought the same energy she carried from the start of the shoot past lunch time until late at night after our hour-long interview, all conducted via Zoom. She couldn’t have done it alone, of course, with her “mommyger” and her younger brother, who she acknowledges, “made the biggest difference.”
With our brief beauty direction and her limited products, she created “the look” with such expertise and enthusiasm. Even with, I’m assuming, a number of products delivered to her doorstep regularly, she actually still uses the same products. She’s a Maybelline Fit Me girl through and through, and she’s already hit pan on her well-loved ColourPop palette, a collaboration with another YouTuber, Kathleenlights, which she acknowledges is already past its expiration date. With witty comments like, “My contour contributes to my confidence” and “These cheeks aren’t going anywhere,” we were all so refreshed by her brand of humor. She explains, “I guess, some people don’t understand the power that makeup and dressing up has for a woman, and for anybody. It kind of makes you feel strong, it makes you feel confident, it makes you feel powerful.”