I love pink. I went to art school, and they eventually had to tell me to stop using so much pink because it’s just my favorite thing in the whole world. The main pink that I used on my eyes and cheeks is the pink shade called Level Up from the Sugarpill Fun Size Palette. On my lips, I wore the Haus Labs Rip Lip Liner in Myth, and the lipstick is the Bite Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Amaretto.Around 10 or 11, I started teaching myself makeup. Once I started high school, I was the girl that did all the makeup for musicals. Girls who would go to prom, I would do their makeup – that was my thing. Then, as soon as I turned 18, I got a job at MAC and learned a lot from the actual job. I’ve been freelance since then.Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.As a queer person and as a disabled person, makeup taught me to be proud of myself. I have facial differences. I’ve grown up having surgeries since I was very, very young, so I’ve never had control over my appearance. Once I started playing with makeup, I was like, “Oh, wow. I get to choose what I look like. I get to choose how I express myself. I can learn how to be good at this and feel proud of myself for it.” Now, I get to express how I feel on the inside and make it apparent on the outside and feel really good about it — that changed who I am.And I add chains to everything. I love sticking stuff to my face and being a walking art project. I’m sure I saw Lady Gaga with some sort of chain look at some point in the last 10 years and was like, “Ah, love that.” It makes me feel like a badass, honestly.All of that together makes me feel like me, and that’s what Pride means to me.All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.Read more from Allure’s Pride in Place project:Now, watch Billy Porter surprise a fan:Follow Devon Abelman on Twitter and Instagram.