I’ve seen many makeup tutorials, but none quite like this. Lauren Luke is a professional makeup artist with a YouTube channel called panacea81. She has more than 550,000 subscribers who look forward to her tutorials on a regular basis. My guess is that her followers weren’t exactly prepared for Luke to post a tutorial on covering up bruises as a result from domestic violence. Most of Luke’s tutorials teach people how to recreate celebrity looks or how to use particular products, so she was definitely making a statement with this one!
The British makeup artist partnered with an organization called Refuge that campaigns for women to break their silence when it comes to domestic abuse. According to the video, 65 percent of women who suffer from domestic violence keep it hidden. That’s why Luke’s tutorial is so powerful, since she’s literally hiding her (albeit fake) bruises, which is something that thousands of women do every day. According to Safe Horizon, one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. It’s time to spread the word, and put an end to this terrible behavior. SF Globe applauds Luke for partnering with Refuge to create such a powerful video, and we definitely think it’s worth sharing!
Luke is passionate about this issue because she was once with an abusive partner herself. In an interview with AdWeek, the makeup artist said, “The bruising on my face for the video wasn’t real, but my emotions in that video were. I had a bad experience in the past with a previous boyfriend. He never physically hurt me but I did sometimes fear what would happen next if I said the wrong thing. He could be overprotective and embarrass me in front of my work colleagues or friends because of his aggressive behavior. Sometimes it was like living with a volcano which could erupt at any second—I felt I was walking on egg shells just to keep him from exploding and smashing something across the room.”
Watch the gripping video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.