It all started with Star Wars.
That’s not quite true, but you can’t beat a beginning in a galaxy far, far away. Geek-themed makeup started popping up a few years ago in small boutique-style lines like Doctor Who Nail Polish. The first time geek-themed make-up went mainstream, however, was with the Star Wars Makeup collection by Covergirl, to celebrate the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now a new force awakens, because the geek makeup trend has stretched to the final frontier and the pages of DC. The Star Trek MAC Collection will debut this summer, inspired by some of the franchise’s most memorable women: Uhura, Deanna Troi, Seven of Nine and Vina the Orion, smart choices that cover the majority of color palettes. The collection includes lip, eye and foundation products, and will be available before the official 50th Anniversary of Trek kicks off in September.
Hitting stores even sooner is a Wonder Woman-themed makeup collection, available in May and exclusively at Walgreens. The colors are brighter and very affordable; in the photo posted at Fashionably Geek, the Strawberry Empower-mint lip balm will go for $2.99 while the bronzer & highlighter will cost approximately $7.
It’s easy to get excited over these products, until you remember the #wheresrey grassroots campaign complaining about the lack of Rey action figures and toys, and wonder if the people in product development thought makeup would be enough to satisfy girl geeks. It’s not, obviously, because we want all kinds of products for all kinds of geek girls. Some wear makeup and cute TARDIS dresses, others wear jeans and roomy graphics tees. But the wide variety has even non-makeup enthusiasts thinking about purchasing a set, especially that oh-so-collectible Wonder Woman makeup bag. Besides, every geek girl is entitled to a bit of color. Even the Night Witches, the feared Russian female pilots who bombed nighttime Germany in World War II, gussied themselves up by using their navigation pencils on their lips.
There are a lot of superhero comics competing for eyeballs out there, but as soon as I heard about Valiant’s series Faith, I knew I had to read it. Faith Herbert is a wonderfully geeky fangirl with the power to fly and move objects with her mind, talents that categorize her as a psiot. As the hero Zephyr, she was part of the Harbinger series but has now struck out on her own to become a gritty, down and dirty superhero.
One more thing.
Faith is also a plus-sized young woman, something not usually depicted in comic books. I steeled myself against the inevitable references to her weight throughout the first two issues, but those references never came and I breathed a sigh of relief. This, so far, is truly a body-positive series that focuses on life instead of looks.
Faith has a timid secret identity as a viral content writer, and the breathtaking art switches between daydreams of gorgeous rainbow fantasy sequences (done by Marguerite Sauvage) and the stark, bold lines depicting reality (drawn by Francis Portela), whether it’s a tedious nine-to-five job writing click-bait critiques of her ex-boyfriend’s reality show or investigating the disappearance of fellow psiots as Zephyr and blaming herself for a fiery tragedy. As she delves into the mystery, she’ll have the chance to show the world what a superhero truly looks like. This short four-issue series is written by Jody Houser, and it has me rooting for Faith at every turn.
The series is easy to jump into without any previous knowledge of Harbinger, and the few overlap characters are clearly defined, like Faith’s ex-boyfriend and another team member who scouts out missions. I hope Valiant has a longer run planned for the future, because I gotta have Faith.
Women’s History Month kicked off with a bang of the gavel, thanks to SheKnows‘ Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book. Since today is International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate by highlighting more coloring books fueled by girl power!
Dover Publishing has a fantastic selection of women’s history coloring books. Famous Women Aviators features 44 women of air and space like Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride, while Famous African-American Women showcases Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, and more. There’s also Famous American Women, covering Susan B. Anthony to Oprah Winfrey; Famous Women of the Civil War; America’s First Ladies; and, for a bit of swagger, Pirate Queens: Notorious Women of the Sea. Color in famous female pirates like Huang P’ei-mei,who had a fleet populated with 50,000 plunderers who answered only to her, and you’ll have a sudden urge to wear a sword and an eyepatch to your next office meeting.
On Etsy, you’ll find Coloring Outside the Kitchen, a hand-created labor of love created by teacher/librarian/artist Casey Landau, which rounds up a host of outstanding women, including Annie Oakley, first African-American female millionaire Madame C.J. Walker, artist Frida Kahlo and many more.
Author and illustrator Lisa Graves has created her own coloring books on Amazon: Colorful Women in History and The Witches. Both celebrate the true stories of women’s triumphs and challenges through the ages. Want something in a different size? Try Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace, a fun, body-positive coloring book by Theo Nicole Lorenz which shows women kicking butt and taking names in the final frontier.