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These Makeup Looks Spotlight Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health Illnesses

A few weeks ago my partner and I attended my Christmas staff party. After dinner I experienced an anxiety attack and we decided to leave. I chose to disappear quietly without drawing much attention to myself. I spent the rest of the night holding on to my partner and crying, mentally battling the anxiety until it went away. The next day I was incredibly worried that my workmates were going to question my quick disappearance. I asked my partner what to say when faced with these questions, and without much thought she said to say that I had a headache. I agreed but quickly questioned my decision. Why did I have to be ashamed and lie about my anxiety attack? So many wonderful and amazing people suffer from the same mental illnesses that I do on a daily basis. Why can't we just talk about it openly? This experience along with many others inspired my "Inside Out Challenge". Mental illness shouldn't have to be hidden away, let's start to talk about it. ❤️ #endthestigma #letstalkaboutit _______________________________________________ PRODUCTS USED: @katvondbeauty "Shade+Light Eye" palette + @morphebrushes 35P palette, @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_canada black liquid liner, @limecrimemakeup "Fetish" velvetine, @hudabeauty "Scarlett" lashes, @kryolanofficial Aqua colours palette _______________________________________________ #kvdlook #katvondbeauty #morphebrushes #morphe35b #nyxcosmetics #kryolan #kryolanprofessionalmakeup #limecrime #limecrimemakeup #makeup #instamakeup #bellletstalk #beauty #instabeauty #mua #makeupartist #makeupaddict #makeupbyme #mentalhealth #anxiety #selflove #positivevibes #insideoutchallenge #mentalillness #instagood #instamood #motd

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If you suffer from any form of mental illness — from depression and anxiety to ADHD — you know that you are living with an invisible ailment. On particularly rough days, family and friends can't see how much you're struggling and may even offer some well-meaning but terrible advice, such as "smile more," "take a few deep breaths," or "buckle down and focus!" Those words end up feeling more hurtful than helpful.

To address the stigmas, Vancouver-based makeup artist Yasaman Gheidi started the Inside Out Makeup Challenge, rallying artists and asking them to paint a visual interpretation of their illnesses on their faces and to share their stories. She kicked it off by offering her own experiences with anxiety and depression.

"So many wonderful and amazing people suffer from the same mental illnesses that I do on a daily basis. Why can't we just talk about it openly?" she asked. "Mental illness shouldn't have to be hidden away, let's start to talk about it."

Keep reading. We've rounded up some of the most awe-inspiring and empowering work from the #insideoutchallenge hashtag. Be sure to dive into the brave captions sharing the artists' experiences with illness. You may even feel motivated to share your own.

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