The no makeup movement means different things to different people. Some folks post selfies with no makeup to show that they are perfectly comfortable in their own skin without putting on foundation and highlighter, and that’s great. Other people eschew beauty products for health reasons, because they’d prefer to have as little on their skin as possible. Others still sometimes go makeup free to make a point, and in that group is Resham Khan, a 21-year-old girl from Manchester who posted a makeup-free selfie lately for a reason that you’ll want to hear.
On her birthday this year in June, Khan was attacked with sulfuric acid and suffered burns to her left eye, face, shoulder, arms, and legs. Her story gained traction after a friend of hers created a GoFundMe page for folks to donate to Khan to aid her recovery. Khan has been documenting her recovery on her blog and recently wrote a post about getting ready to celebrate Eid al-Adha. In the process, she decided to wear a full face of makeup. Though the results were gorgeous, Khan revealed that the process hurt quite a bit and there was a lot she couldn’t do because of the damage to her face and the healing that still needs to occur.
She wrote, “In terms of applying makeup, it has become so much harder. It hurts a little to apply, and I found applying eye makeup a bit of a struggle so didn’t do too much. I miss being able to have fun with shadows and liner. And my heart longed for a pair of fake eyelashes. But with time and the help of my doctor, I hope one day it’s achievable.” Hopefully, with more time to heal and the help of doctors, applying makeup won’t cause her pain anymore and will only bring her joy.
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She also spoke to others who may be dealing with healing from acid attacks, saying she didn’t want them to be discouraged by what they see on social media. “Makeup did a great job and so did angles and an edit. But please don’t see my photos and go into despair or try to achieve something that may not be possible. It’s hard. I’ve loved the compliments but the harsh reality is it is not real. It’s been lovely, it’s been great, but I can’t keep pretend to be someone I’m not.” While it’s true that Khan looks fantastic in her Eid al-Adha look, it’s also a good dose of reality for everyone to hear that most things we see on social media are heavily edited.
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