RIN: Once I went to a gas station, and this guy asked if there was something happening that day. I was like "No, this is my makeup today. This is just me." I've never gotten anything negative, but glares. They are only very surprised, but they compliment me.
I usually tell people that this is just my face. After a while you stop paying attention to people staring at you, right?
RIN: I sometimes forget, and I'll be with my boyfriend and ask him, "Why do you feel people are staring at me?" And he is, "Rin, you have bright orange hair and your makeup is a bit crazy right now." Then I'm OK, it's sensible.
Did you learn how to make makeup?
RIN: Absolutely. I learned the shape of the face, why I'm not a makeup artist. I think many people get so confused. I'm a makeup enthusiast. I love the art of makeup. I love to make makeup, but if you asked me to do it to someone else, it would be real, really bad because I only know my face.
Same. My friends will ask me to make their makeup, and it will be terrible. I'm too used to the angles in my own face.
RIN: If they have a different eye shape, I'm like, I'm fucked. I can not do it. No, hire someone else.
Do you use your Instagram as a platform to spread this message about using make-up as a form of art and self-expression?
RIN: I want people to know you can Have fun with make-up, and it does not have to be that standard. But at the same time I am someone who identifies himself as non-binary, and it has such a stigma on it. People think that when someone identifies himself as non-binary, it's a short haircut and very androgynous, very boyish, and I do not represent that. I tried to be masculine, and I did not make it happy. I want to share the message that I'm still not binary. I'm still walking by him or her, but I'm feminine. I will not lose my femininity. There is nothing wrong with embracing your femininity but also being non-binary.
Did makeup help you define your identity?
RIN: Not really. I always knew when I met puberty when I was about 13 years old, that I really was not ehhhhh, you know what I mean. I have experimented with my gender since then. When I started making makeup, I already went to Rin, and I already went by him and they.
There is nothing wrong with embracing your femininity but also being non-binary.
What is the makeup you think is best representing you?
RIN: It is difficult. I like very hard redness. When I wear super high, high, high redness, and when I wear pinks, orange and yellow. I recently looked at these sunset colors and felt like the badest bitch ever. Blush is really important to me. One of my favorite pictures was ever yellow mess and I drew these pastel-colored shapes on my face as a tribute to Paramore's "Hard Times" [music video].
Why is the blush so important to you?
RIN: I feel that I was so afraid to blush for so long. I was always afraid to be the person who put on too much redness. I would literally not touch the blush because I thought I would destroy it. Now it makes me feel good. I look more happy [with it on], and it gives a lot of edginess and an abstract, high-fashion [vibe] to some form of appearance. If you look with your eyes and contours and select, okay. If you add a lot of redness, turn it completely and make it more proud.