Angel Merino’s Iconic Beauty Closet Is An Organizational Dream


If you’re not already subscribed to Angel Merino (aka Mac_Daddyy) on YouTube, here’s the need-to-know backstory: after getting a job at a local MAC counter as a permanent artist, Merino felt inspired to begin sharing his work online; “I was finally in an environment where being unique and different was celebrated rather than frowned upon,” he told Refinery29 in a previous interview. “I was showing up to work with eye looks and makeup, and I felt so empowered every single day. That’s when ‘Mac Daddy’ came alive. I work at MAC, and I liked the word ‘daddy’ as being the ‘daddy of makeup.’ I ran with it, and it took off.” In our latest installment of Beauty Drawer, the beauty guru give us an exclusive sneak-peek inside his next-level makeup closet (tucked inside his next-level) Los Angeles home. The space features drawers upon drawers of highly-organized palettes, complexion products, brushes, and more. “My beauty drawers reveal that I’m glam AF,” he tells us. “There’s tons of sparkle and tons of shine.”

Unsurprisingly, some of his go-to makeup comes from brands big in the YouTube community: In addition to luxe brands like Chanel, Nars, and Tom Ford, Merino name-checks companies founded by fellow vloggers in the beauty community: there’s Lunar Beauty, founded by Manny Gutierrez (aka MannyMUA), in addition to Patrick Starrr’s just-launched brand, One/Size. Not to mention, Merino would be remiss to not shout-out his own brand, Artist Couture.

Peep the full tour in the video above and shop a few of Merino’s favorite beauty gems below.


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‘They had to come out of the closet:’ Women and seniors in Georgia rally behind Biden

MARIETTA, Ga. — With a swipe of mascara and a gray Ruth Bader Ginsburg mask, Ruthe Levy was ready for a day of literature drops for a local Democratic State House candidate in Marietta, a suburb northwest of Atlanta.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Biden supporters cheer and take photos of former Vice President Joe Biden during a drive-in event at the Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood in Atlanta on Oct. 27.

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Biden supporters cheer and take photos of former Vice President Joe Biden during a drive-in event at the Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood in Atlanta on Oct. 27.

Levy, 68, and about eight other women and some of their husbands gathered this weekend at the top of a steep driveway outside of the home of their candidate, Sara Tindall Ghazal, munching and sipping on Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee, before grabbing their materials and heading out into their neighborhood.

These suburban women — some moms, some seniors — are the new Democrats of Cobb County, which went blue for the first time in 2016 since native son Jimmy Carter’s victory by supporting Hillary Clinton. They have found their political voices in the wake of Donald Trump’s win and are now motivated to participate in politics in a way some of them haven’t done since college, or ever.

In 2020, they have become a political force to be reckoned with on the local, state and national level as they push to elect Georgia Democrats like Ghazal for the local House seat; Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats; and Joe Biden for president. Their activism has Trump wondering why suburban women, a growing number of whom are not White, don’t seem to like him much anymore.

If Biden wins in Georgia on Tuesday, which polls show is possible in what was once a ruby red state, this new army of suburban women and seniors will be a big part of why.

“I had never had a Democratic canvasser come to our house before … after 2016, we were shocked to see so many people come out of the woodwork, wanting to make a change,” said Rebecca Elliot, a 51-year-old mom who campaigned last weekend for Ghazal.

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After sobbing in a pantsuit in front of the television at a neighbor’s house on election night four years ago after Clinton’s loss, Elliott started volunteering for a range of Democratic causes for the first time since college. “All of a sudden, [Democrats] in the area are organizing and running for office? It’s been an exciting four years.”

“They finally realized that the stakes were too high and that they had to come out of the closet as Democrats so to speak,” said Jacqui Bettadapur, the chairwoman of the Cobb County Democratic Party, of the movement by the women in her neighborhood.

A Washington Post polling average showed Biden ahead by just two points in Georgia, which is statistically insignificant. That’s enough to draw major attention to the state in the campaign’s final days: President Trump is holding a rally in Rome and Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala

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