April 21, 2017 05:16 PM
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Beauty influencer Manny Gutierrez is having a standout year.

The social media star, (known as Manny MUA online), became the first male featured in a Maybelline campaign, and now is the only man to make PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful List.

So, what does the 26-year-old think of his trailblazing status?

“It been crazy because I never thought of myself as a pioneer. It’s been pretty cool.” says Gutierrez, who now boasts over 3 million Instagram followers. ” I was one of the first male influencers in the beauty world, and I had to fight tooth and nail to get any brand to recognize me as someone in [that world]. It was hard to get my name out there, but luckily I have an awesome following who would not stay silent and helped me get to where I wanted to be.”

And, his passion for makeup is more than just skin-deep. “I always thought makeup was a beautiful thing, the transformation of it,” says the San Diego native. “If someone felt insecure about something, they could put on concealer, and it would change their entire day.”

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With all of the makeup tricks he’s learned over the years, does Gutierrez have a favorite? “I love using blotting paper when people are oily in the T-zone,” he says. “

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And of you forgot the handy beauty tool at home, not to worry, Gutierrez has a genius tip:  “You can always use a toilet seat cover from the stall. It will absorb access oil, and if you add powder on top, your makeup will be completely refreshed – even if you’ve been wearing makeup for 6 hours. It’s a cool trick to get your makeup looking perfect all over again.”

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