The equation underlying Sophia “Djarii” White’s Twitch stream is really pretty simple. She loves video games, art, and makeup, so she combines those things to express herself, resulting in intricate paintings where her body is the canvas. White’s talent is immediately clear, and yet, she has courted no small amount of controversy for simply doing her thing. Some viewers insist her art is nothing more than a Trojan horse for illicit nudity on Twitch.
White, who studied art in two different universities in England and Scotland before becoming a Twitch streamer, did not see any of this coming when she first got started. She was content to largely stream video games until Twitch opened the floodgates for “IRL” channels back in 2016, at which point she decided to try face-painting, themed around characters from games like World of Warcraft. It was a natural progression—makeup, she told Kotaku at TwitchCon earlier this month, has always been a core part of her identity.
“I was a very awkward-looking kid,” White said. “I found myself with a bunch of friends who listened to heavy metal and wore big, black makeup and really out-there clothing. That just made me feel like the best version of myself. Ever since then, I’ve been trying crazy makeup.”
After making it to the finals of a major makeup competition but ultimately failing to win, White decided she wanted to up her game, resulting in her more elaborate works on Twitch. These sometimes involve painting not just her face, but large portions of her body. White said the process is not entirely dissimilar from painting on canvas, except she’s looking in a mirror, so everything is reversed. This makes things like calligraphy a nightmare, she said, but mostly, it’s about training your eyes. Well, that and having the mental fortitude to power through painting sessions that sometimes last as long as 15 hours.
Even for White, whose bread and butter is putting paint on surfaces as naturally as regular people put butter on bread, this can take a toll. “It can be very exhausting mentally,” she said. “Makeup and any art is an intimate and personal thing that it’s sometimes hard to share with the world. There are so many judgements and critiques, and sometimes you can’t take Jimmy in chat over there telling you that your painting style just isn’t really up to his taste.”
Body painting was an early target for these sorts of tirades because it represented one of the first instances in which Twitch explicitly allowed a degree of nudity, typically from women. It remains a popular target for angry users to call out as proof of their conspiracy theory that Twitch has become an infernal amplification engine for women’s deceptive wiles.
White, as one of Twitch’s most popular body painters, receives more of this abuse than most. Given that there is nothing intrinsically sexual about her work, she’s disheartened by this response, but not exactly surprised.
“They think it’s really sexual because they think a woman’s body is inherently sexual—which it is not,” she said. “Context is a very, very important thing. I would say that body painting leaves as much to your imagination as a tight T-shirt does. Most people who tune in don’t necessarily notice that it’s a paint for a while, because their brains don’t even recognize it.”
White’s goal is to set an example that viewers and haters alike can learn from, so that things will be better on Twitch not just for her, but for the whole community of streamers who specialize in makeup and body painting.
“I prefer just to educate people on what is and isn’t sexual and why context is very important in this matter,” she said. “And also that being sexual is not a bad thing at all. If you don’t like that part of Twitch, then just don’t watch those channels.”
“Not all body painting includes the entire body, nor is it only on a woman,” White said. “There are male body painters as well, and you don’t see the same comments flying toward those guys.” White will sometimes just do face painting, or paint down to her shoulders, or further down her torso. “All of them are the same as far as sexuality goes, which is non-existent in any way, shape, or form,” she said. “There are ways to get sexuality across that are much easier than spending 15 hours to paint yourself to look like something that isn’t really sexual at all.”
These days, her audience includes many converted skeptics. “Often, I hear ‘I wasn’t a fan of this whole body painting thing, but I’ve really opened my eyes to it,” she said.
Beyond the art of body painting, a woman’s choice of makeup (or to not wear any) can often raise the hackles of Twitch’s primarily male audience. Just look at the overblown outraged and derisive response to top streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys’ decision to go without makeup at the start of a stream last year. After many users mocked Anys’ makeup-less appearance and pointed to this as an example of women using makeup to deceive men, other women streamers also went without makeup in a show of solidarity.
In her time as a makeup-focused streamer, White has found that people often view makeup as some kind of trick. She wishes people could just be “kinder,” and said that she thinks Anys is “beautiful” with or without makeup. But also, she believes, that’s not really what last year’s big makeup blowup was really about. Some viewers freaked out because they realized that what Anys did in that moment wasn’t for them.
“It’s not a trick. It’s not for anyone else,” White said. “It’s not for any dude who I’m trying to impress, you know? People need to remember that we do things for ourselves—not for the men who think, ‘Ah, I’m being tricked.’”
White loves what she does, and finds new angles from which to approach it. This year, she put together a look inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting, which involved painting with latex so as to recreate the painting’s almost raised-off-the-canvas textured effect, something White had “never seen before” in body painting. It’s now one of the works of which she is most proud, she said.
But, she said, there’s still nothing quite like doing body paintings of video game characters that have “significance” to her. “I do a lot of World of Warcraft ones because that game has been a big, big part of my life for the past 11 years,” she said. “It’s hard to put into words. It’s just so badass. When you’ve painted yourself as Sylvanas Windrunner, The Banshee Queen, and you just look so amazing, it’s like, wow. It just feels great.”
“I just love that people will look at me and be like, ‘Wow, your makeup is really spectacular!’ That makes me feel so proud and so happy,” she said. “That’s just how I love the world to see me.”
Growing up, I loved everything about Halloween: the candy, staying up past my bedtime and my small suburban town that came to life at night. But I always struggled with finding the right costume. I’d ask my friends and roam party stores for hours to no avail. One time, I even dressed up as “binary code”—I wore head-to-toe silver and wrote “Happy Halloween” in binary on my costume—in a moment of last-minute desperation.
Had I worked at Google then, I’m sure this idea would have been more popular with my peers, but it didn’t quite land at the time. But thanks to the tech available today, it’s much easier to come up with a great costume idea. Now, a simple search or voice command can lead me to thousands of ideas instantly, and show me step-by-step how to recreate them myself.
Come to think of it, technology has made so many things about Halloween easier. In celebration of that, we’re sharing 13 tips and tricks from Google Nest for Halloween—whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a party or staying in with a scary movie.
1. New! Enable spooky ringtones on Nest Hello. Starting today through early November, all Nest Hello users in the U.S. will have the ability to transform their doorbell chime into a cackling witch, a ghost, a vampire or a scary monster to make your front door a neighborhood destination on Halloween night. And the festive features don’t stop there: Winter ringtones are coming in late November. 2. Get costume and makeup inspiration. With Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, you can watch YouTube videos with a simple command. For costume inspiration and DIY tips, just say “Hey Google, show me DIY Halloween costume videos,” or “show me Halloween makeup videos on YouTube,” and scroll through the list. 3. “Hey Google, get spooky.” Say this command to one of your Google Nest speakers or displays and your device will start an hour-long playlist of “spooktacular” sounds and music to greet your trick-or-treaters or party guests. 4. Enjoy your favorite scary movie. Use Chromecast to cast your favorite scary movie to your TV (media content subscriptions may be required). To take your experience up a notch, you can create a speaker group for cast-enabled speakers around your entertainment center for room-filling sound effects, too. 5. Get the family involved. If Grandma or Grandpa can’t see your trick-or-treaters all dressed up, simply give them a quick video call using Nest Hub Max and Duo: “Hey Google, video call Grandma.” 6. Conquer your to-do list. Busy families have lots to prep for in the lead-up to Hallow’s Eve. As you remember things you have to do, just add them to a running list of reminders: “Hey Google, remind me to pick up cupcakes for school,” and when you head out for the day, you’ll have the reminder on your phone. 7. Add candy to your shopping list with ease. Just say, “Hey Google, create a list,” which you can then name “Candy Shopping,” and your Google Assistant will ask what you want to add. 8. Learn a festive new recipe. Say “Hey Google, show me recipes for pan de muerto” to your Nest Hub display and see a list of traditional Day of the Dead bread recipes to choose from and follow along, completely hands-free. 9. Protect your home from Mischief Night. Nest cameras like Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Hello notify you when activity is detected around your house, and you can talk and listen through the Nest app to deter trespassers and TP’ers. 10. Find one-stop shopping near you. Just say, “Hey Google, show me Halloween stores nearby” to one of your smart displays to see options near you. Once you tap on one, you can say “Hey Google, call this store” to give them a ring (in the U.S., U.K., and Canada only). 11. Hear your favorite Halloween playlist in a heartbeat. Google Home Max is our smart speaker made for music lovers. Use it to blast your favorite playlist—whether your ideal Halloween tunes involve “The Monster Mash” or indie rock. 12. Set up a ghostly guest network for your party. Using Google Wifi, you can create a separate network for your party guests and give it a fun name and password, like “Hocus Pocus.” 13. A party to remember, with help from our partners. Google Nest products work with over 30,000 partners in the U.S.—everything from smart lights to Wi-Fi plugs for smoke machines—so you can throw the ultimate Halloween party with a little help from tech.
When you do your makeup drunk, you might as well be doing it in the dark.
That’s what sisters Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian learned when they filmed a video called “Drunk Get Ready with Me” for Jenner’s YouTube channel.
Posted on Thursday, the video — which sees Kardashian drink 11 shots while Jenner has 7 — was a way of celebrating the launch of Jenner’s new Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Collection, which is set to be released on her 22nd birthday on Saturday August 10.
Jenner gets the party going before Kardashian even arrives, showing the camera a glittering pink personalized bottle of Don Julio 1942 she received from her sister when she turned 21 before taking a shot from another bottle.
When Kardashian arrives, she hands her a Red Bull to take a shot of in the garage.
“You really are 22,” 35-year-old Kardashian says. “I used to do a Red Bull and alcohol too, but now I’m 703, I don’t.”
The pair eventually sit down to start doing their makeup using various products from the new collection, which Jenner promotes throughout the video.
“I have taken five shots, Khloe has taken four,” she says as she starts to take her full face of makeup off in front of the camera.
“We are going to do our best, to our ability, Birthday Collection looks,” Jenner tells the camera before the pair start applying concealer on top of their foundation.
“So honestly, I’ve never done my makeup intoxicated, but I’m doing pretty good,” Jenner says.
Telling her sister to use a “loose illuminating powder,” she says: “Use it to set your face, it’ll just make your face shiny.”
“No, no, my face shines like the top of the Chrysler building already,” Kardashian responds. “I am an oily b—–.”
When it’s “brow time,” she adds: “I think with brow time, shot time,” and takes another.
“The fact that I’m not getting this right is crazy, but I’m just going to do it as best as I can,” Jenner says of her brow efforts.
When she applies black eyeliner, she adds: “I’m really good at my liner, but when I’m intoxicated, absolutely not.”
Throughout the video, the sisters call a number of friends and family — including their mother Kris Jenner, Kardashian’s best friend Malika Haqq, model Sofia Ritchie, and their other sister Kim Kardashian (alongside husbands Kanye West and kids Saint West and North West) — to try and convince them to join the video.
When none of them initially come, Kardashian says: “Have you ever had this much trouble getting people to hang out with us? It’s so rude.”
She adds later: “If our mom expects any commission in this, she should have been here.”
However, towards the end of the video Richie Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner’s boyfriend, both appear and join the fun.
When the makeup looks are close to complete, Kardashian says: “I think we did too much.”
“Honestly, I am so drunk, but I’m so over it,” she says before taking her 9th shot.
Soon after she takes her 10th, saying again, “I’m over it.”
She concludes: “You guys, this was the worst idea.”
Forbes reported in March that the 21-year-old had finally achieved billionaire status thanks to 9% revenue growth in her $900 million business in 2018, fueled by a partnership with Ulta that brought her products to its more than 1,000 US stores.
Ariana Grande’s ponytail is so iconic that it makes headlines when she switches its position. Grande keeps her hair straight, high, and tight, even when she’s just posing for the ‘gram. But every so often, she decides to (literally) let her hair down. This weekend, she reminded fans that, no, she didn’t exit the womb with a high ponytail. In fact, her natural hair is short and curly.
Grande shared a photo of herself at five years old with shoulder-length hair in ringlets and curly bangs. “This is still exactly what I look like without lashes and my pony,” she wrote. “The only difference is that hand now says bbq grill finger,” she said, alluding to her misspelled Kanji tattoo.
When a fan responded asking Grande for pictures, she obliged. Grande tweeted out a video of her playing with her natural hair — which is indeed shoulder-length, curly, and cut with bangs.
The video proves two things. First, one should never underestimate the power of a good hairstylist and lots of hair extensions. Second, Grande looks lovely with her natural hair texture. As one fan responded, “please throw away the extensions, your real hair is so cute.” We won’t hold out for her to ditch the extensions permanently, but maybe someone in Grande’s camp can temporarily hide her ponytail holders.