Out-of-the-box is the only way to be for this l.a. multihyphenate.
Save for some dramatic, wobbly winged eyeliner and three tiny gold decals that spell out “O-V-E” on her bottom front teeth (the “L” fell off), Alanna Pearl’s face is nearly bare. “It’s the anti- Kardashian beauty that I love: imperfections and artsy stuff,” she explains while posted up at a homey café in Los Angeles’s Echo Park. “I usually don’t cover up my pimples because I think they’re cuter than having perfect skin.”
Twenty-six-year-old Pearl is something of a poster child for the aesthetically askew, recently appearing in a campaign for alternative beauty mainstay Milk Makeup in a smeared lipstick look. “As soon as I start to look like other people, that’s what drives me crazy,” she says. Today, there’s little risk of that with Pearl’s Raggedy Ann red hair, lime green sunglasses, black-and-white tube top, navy pinstriped pencil skirt, and—the pièce de résistance—a leather purse shaped like a pig, which she pierced herself with hoop earrings. “I’ll create a character for each day,” she says of her eclectic fashion taste between sips of an iced almond milk latte. What about this look? “Eighties slutty businesswoman.”
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