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Equal Pay Challenge

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Welcome to the Supergreat Games! From August 2nd to August 8th, we will be hosting non-stop challenges testing you in the fields of makeup, nails, hair, look recreation, and skincare. The stakes are high; each challenge will have 3 winners. The bronze medal winner will get 300 coins, silver will get 400 coins, and gold will get 500 coins. Every participant will get 50 coins, just for trying. Only one entry per person, per challenge, will be counted. So give each challenge your best shot, and may the best in beauty win!
This challenge was inspired by the U.S. women’s national soccer team and their continuous fight for equal pay. It is inspired by the documentary and the rallying call of the team that cheers “Let’s Fucking Go!” We want to see your best looks inspired by this initiative and what equal pay means to you.


To me, equal pay means compensating people based on their work performance and not their perceived gender. However, I think that language around pay and salary should be shifted from equality to equity. People—especially marginalized people—should be monetarily compensated not only for their performance but for their potential and unique life experiences.
I’m an amateur when it comes to makeup so my look is a combination of being perhaps too literal & the uniliner trend. The uniliner trend really worked to my advantage because an equal sign is literally just two lines. I have this green hydra liner from Suva that everyone is obsessed with—and with good reason! The green and gold colors I used obviously represent the idea of money. The gold eyeliner and glitter I used are from Glossier—RIP color slide and glitter gelee! Even though these two products are no longer available, there’s no shortage of gold eyeliners and glitter that are probably better than Glossier. I unintentionally turned myself into a Superhero who beats up employers who create toxic workplaces and don’t pay their employees well.
I was creatively stumped when it came to coming up with a look for this challenge. Like I said before, I’m no master at makeup. This challenge also has a more serious topic than we usually do so I definitely felt a bit of pressure to do something outside of my comfort zone. I’m really happy with what I came up with even though it’s a bit obvious. That said, I am SO looking forward to what masterpieces this community comes up with!


I think that makeup can be a form of activism for change but it needs to be combined with an action for it to be effective, otherwise, it’s just based on optics. Matt Bernstein on Instagram is one person who might be considered a makeup activist. He does simple makeup looks that generally include a sociopolitical statement. While I think that this type of activism is wonderful for encouraging sociopolitical discourse, I’m left wondering what actions they are taking to actually initiate real change outside of the social media platform.


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