Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE shared her skin care and makeup routine in a video released Friday, explaining how she links politics and beauty habits. 

“Welcome to life in politics. We are trying to get people health care, making sure that they are taken care of in a pandemic, people are fighting too much, and so I have bags under my eyes,” the New York Democrat joked in the video published by Vogue magazine.

Ocasio-Cortez shared her toner, vitamin C serum, moisturizer and sunscreen picks, saying she frequently receives questions on social media about her skin care routine and makeup and said that traveling between Washington, D.C., and her New York City district takes “a huge toll on your skin.”

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“The reason why I think it’s so important to share these things is that, first of all, femininity has power, and, in politics, there is so much criticism and nitpicking about how women and femme people present ourselves. Just being a woman is quite politicized here in Washington,” she said.

“There’s this really false idea that if you care about makeup or if your interests are in beauty and fashion, that that’s somehow frivolous. But I actually think these are some of the most substantive decisions that we make, and we make them every morning,” she continued.

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Ocasio-Cortez also addressed her signature red lipstick, which rose to fame during her 2018 primary campaign against former Rep. Joseph Crowley. The Stila brand “Stay All Day” lipstick in the shade “Beso” sold out following her victory over Crowley.

“When you’re always kind of running around, sometimes the best way to really look put together is a bold lip, and, of course, being Latina, this is like, very much our culture, where we come from,” she said. “I will wear a red lip when I want confidence, when I need a boost of confidence.”

“Our culture is so predicated on diminishing women, right, and kind of preying on our self-esteem, and so it’s quite a radical act, and it’s almost like a mini protest to love yourself in a society that’s always trying to tell you you’re not the right weight, you’re not the right color, you’re not the right whatever it is. When you stand up and you say, ‘you know what, you don’t make that decision.’ It’s very powerful,” the first-term lawmaker continued. 

Ocasio-Cortez also called out the “pink tax,” or the higher prices that people pay for products marketed as feminine, such as pink razors.

“In my opinion, a pink tax is not just about money. It’s also about time,” she said.

“If waking up in the morning and doing your makeup gives you life, then that is amazing, and you should do it. But, what we are also seeing all too often is that women who wear makeup, there are studies that show that women who wear makeup or regularly wear a decent amount of makeup, kind of show up to the office in glam, also make more money, and so, at that point, these calculations and decisions stop being about choice, and they start being about patriarchy,” she continued, calling for beauty to be “about the person who is applying it.”

Ocasio-Cortez added that if she had to give one piece of advice on the subject, “it is that the key to beauty is the inside job — the key to beauty is feeling beautiful, and no amount of money or makeup can really compensate for loving yourself.”