We’ve all experienced one of these mornings: you wake up, look in the mirror, and are instantly horrified by the flaming-red zit on your face. You pick and prod until it’s redder than ever, and before you leave the house, you look like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Finally, you reach for your concealer stick in a desperate hope to try and hide the beast of a zit.
YouTube sensation Cassandra Bankson has provided every teenage girl (and, lets face it, some middle age women) a miracle video: A Way to Conceal Acne! Cassandra, a 19-year-old model, has suffered with severe acne for most of her teenage years. This caused her many painful years of being teased by classmates, which ultimately lead to her graduating two years early. “I became a recluse”, Cassandra tells Natalie Morales on the Today Show. “I essentially locked myself in my house and learned to apply makeup through a lot of trial and error”.
After becoming a self-taught expert makeup artist, Cassandra wanted to help others struggling with similar skin issues. This sounds simple, but it meant appearing online, for everyone to see, without any makeup on at all! Cassandra admitted that she cried before she did it, but knew that even if it only helped one or two people she had to do it. And she did! You can see her amazing transformation below.
It took Cassandra 4 months to post the video and another 4-5 months to read any of the comments, in fear that people would be as cruel as they had been to her in the past. Not only had her video gone viral, but she had helped millions of people facing their biggest insecurity. The thing she feared the most has turned into something wonderful! She has created many videos on makeup, fashion and acne and is now working as a MODEL!
We think Cassandra is truly beautiful with or without makeup. She is an amazing role-model for young women and an innovator for showing how much makeup it takes for models and celebrities look the way they do. Here are a few photos of our favorite celebrities baring it all to show what they look like without makeup.
What do you think of Cassandra's transformation? Would you ever post a photo of yourself without makeup on Facebook or Twitter?
For the Love of Hair(and make-up),