No products in the cart.
You know the #ITGTopShelfie, our series of interviews that shares the beauty routines of the lovable, consummate, and loyal Into The Gloss reading community. Now we’re bringing them to Glossier bathrooms, cabinets, and makeup bags. These people work in beauty and bring many important thoughts about it to the table. Submit yours on Instagram – post your top shelfie (tag us with @intothegloss!) And add the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie so you can be featured on ITG.
“My name is Angelo, but everyone knows me as Stixx (@stixxinthecity). I live in Brooklyn and I’m from Memphis – I’ve quarantined my family there for most of COVID. When I was growing up, people in my community would watch the Girlfriends show because it was really big, but they didn’t look like America’s next top model. I saw Mr. Jay and Miss J and wanted to be them. Anyway, when people I knew saw girlfriends, nobody understood that Joan Clayton always carried a Birkin bag or Louboutins. I knew what these things were, but they didn’t. I am the only person in my family who went to New York.
I spent my first two years of college at an HBCU in Tennessee. I was studying sociology and thought I was a social worker – I grew up in a really bad neighborhood and I always wanted to help children who were in my situation and couldn’t stand up for themselves. HBCUs are rooted in black Christian culture and students were expected to meet the standard that a man or woman should be. At least then. At the time, I was wearing a lot of express button-downs, pants, bowties … it was horrible. The thing is, I wanted to promise brotherhood and that is what I achieved. I was a brotherhood person! [Laughs] I was out and about, but only among my friends, and although I had started experimenting with beauty, I kept it hidden. Wearing makeup was just something guys shouldn’t be doing. My roommate wore a little mascara, drew tightly on his eyebrows with a pencil, and used a little pressed powder. That made me give it a try. He was letting me know what he had and even though he was three or four shades lighter than me when we went to clubs, I felt great.
I graduated from college in Paine, another HBCU in Georgia. When I moved school I had a little more breathing room – I didn’t care what people thought of me because I wasn’t switching for the social scene. I was totally out and that was different too. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta, the closest major city, and started a social work job. At that point, a lot of the people I grew up with did very well and moved to Atlanta too. I had a lot of friends who were rappers or who were exotic dancers and knew rappers, and when I was around them I got into styling. I started with well known dancers like Blac Chyna – they had wig or bathing suit lines and they didn’t really know how to put together outfits for a start so they hired me to do it. Then the news spread – someone would ask who did the styling and my friends would say, “Oh, his name is Stixx, he lives here, he can do it for you.” Eventually styling became more of a job than a sideline. One day while I was working with K. Michelle on the set of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, she told me that someone at BET was looking for a stylist. It was for Rocsi Diaz, the host of 106 & Park. I was interviewing for the job and the agent said, “Can you move today?” I literally got on a Greyhound bus and came to New York – that was six years ago.
In New York, my surroundings were suddenly full of people who went to school to study fashion. I can switch between male and female, and they give me a hint like, “You look like Grace Jones from Studio 54, May 1977.” That really helped me give my style a name. Now I research everything and I can do that too. Like this haircut – it’s a half fade reminiscent of Givenchy’s 2017 men’s show. I go to a little Dominican barber shop every Friday to have it touched up, and of course they wouldn’t call it that, but it is. I still do styling, but now I’ve become an influencer myself. Since I can get my street style pics in magazines, brands will reach out to me to showcase their merch. I’m busiest in the fashion months when I’m out on press trips and zipping around to get the backstage information, but I also work at Glossier HQ every day. They have been very flexible on my schedule – it helps to have the stability that comes with a regular job so that I can do what I want to do.
I wear makeup when I go to work – I don’t really cover up, but I like to clean up. Even if my face is pounded like a birthday cake, I want to have the illusion that it is my skin. For a while I had this problem where within four hours of leaving my house I looked like I was melting – I was spending so much money on erasing papers that I finally thought there had to be a better way . It took me a couple of times to get the cadence but once I discontinued this method it worked. I apply my primer first, or when I go out I use the Dior Backstage Face Illuminator because I want to look like a trophy. Next, I use Wowder in Medium Brown. After that, I go with the Kosas Tinted Oil in 9.5, which for me is actually almost complete, and hide it wherever I need it with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Finally I put my face and the makeup stays! I have very long lashes, of course (boys, of course), but I like to use three coats of Glossier’s Lash Slick followed by one of the Dior Pump ‘N’ Volume mascaras to make them look thicker. Then I do my brows. I get them threaded and tinted, but because they’re sparse at the ends, I prime the hair with a glue stick. If I fill it in with a pencil or use Boy Brow afterwards, it looks hairier. It really is a game changer.
I always end with a lip. Once during NYFW I was leaving a show and Rihanna told me my lip was on fire. I kept this comment forever – it came from THE QUEEN! My first red lipstick was MAC Ruby Woo, but it’s too dry for me now. I can’t. I look like my lips are chapped all the time. My favorite is Tom Ford’s Cristiano. I also like the Christopher shade, a soft brown with a neutral finish, Leo von Glossier, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Iconic Nude Pencil, which I use as a whole lip.
I have a very simple skin care routine. I use Glossier Milky Jelly for my PMD facial cleansing brush day and night. The brush is antibacterial and vibrates. I just roll it over my face to break up the oil or makeup. I don’t like touching my face after I put my makeup on – once I feel like it’s clean enough not to stain the whole house, I’ll clean twice to really get rid of everything. Of course, if you’re getting makeup on your clothes and can’t afford to bring it to dry cleaners, you can always grab some dish soap, blot it off on the spot, and let it sit. After a while, you just hand wash it and let it air dry. As soon as I finish cleaning I will apply a sheet mask. I keep all of my masks in my fridge and mask them every morning and night. That started during the pandemic. The one I really like is the Weekly Reset Mask from Loops Beauty – after taking it off, I dab whatever is still on my skin and follow with a serum. I use Super Glow in the morning and Super Bounce in the evening. Finally, I seal everything with either my Noto Deep Serum or Sunday Riley’s CEO Glow Oil.
You know, in beauty, fashion, and in life in general, I think it shows when you try too hard. The cooler you act, the more effortless you look, the stronger your general pull will be. “
– as ITG said
Photos about the author