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A woman wrote nasty insults on her face using makeup — and turned them into something beautiful

by Brenna Opelka / Thursday, 11 January 2018
  • Beauty vlogger Nabela Noor shared an emotional makeup tutorial about self-love on Instagram.
  • In the video, Noor uses makeup to write the words “pig”, “ugly,” and “fat” on her face, which are just some of the cruel names that people have called her this year.
  • She proceeds to blend the words away and replaces them with a positive message, a radiant smile, and a stunning makeup look.
  • Noor told INSIDER that this video is not really about the makeup, but is rather a message of self-love.

Beauty vlogger Nabela Noor has gone viral after sharing a video that shows her using makeup to write — and erase — insults that people have used against her.

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The popular vlogger has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers on both Instagram and YouTube with her videos about body-positivity. Her most recent post to make an impression, an Instagram video from December, shows her using makeup to turn hurtful comments into a message of self-love.

She begins what she told INSIDER is an “emotional and liberating” post by prepping her skin with Farsali’s Unicorn Essence, a water-based serum. She then proceeds to write out the words “pig,” “ugly,” and “fat” across her forehead and cheeks with concealer. These are just some examples of the verbal abuse that she said she has experienced online and in person.

Noor wants others to know that labels do not define you.

Then, she chooses to literally cross them out and erase them. Using a lighter shade of concealer, Noor draws a line through the words and makes them disappear with her Beautyblender.

In their place, she uses her makeup to write “I” and “me” on each cheek with a heart on her forehead, along with “xoxo” on her chin using Maybelline’s Master Camo Color Correcting Pen.


Her confidence is beautiful.

“I quickly realized that I could not hide who I was to make others happy. I could not let others define beauty for me. I had to define it for myself. I could not hate myself when I had to live with myself,” she said. “After a while, self-hate and doubt just wasn’t an option for me anymore. And thus my self-love revolution began.”

Noor told INSIDER that this shift is apparent in the video when she opts to “wipe away the insults and write something that no one can ever take from me, my confidence.”

She wraps up the inspirational makeup tutorial by blending in her words of self-love and applying shimmery eye shadow from the Chocolate Gold palette by Too Faced and liquid lipstick in Truffle by Dose of Colors.

But Noor said that the tutorial isn’t really about beauty products. “This video isn’t about the makeup, it’s about liberating yourself from the labels that tear you down,” she said.

Noor’s touching video is inspiring others.

This isn’t the first time the beauty vlogger has used her platform to address bullying and body-shaming. In August 2017, Noor shared a video titled “YES I’M FAT,” in which she challenged the idea that it’s wrong to love yourself as you are in the present moment, and said, “I will not reserve my happiness for a later date or a later weight.” As she told INSIDER,”the only standards you have to meet are the ones you set for yourself.”

Read the complete caption for Noor’s Instagram video below, which has over 800,000 views at the time of this post.

THIS IS ME 💪🏽 In 2017, I was called a pig, fat, ugly, a monster… I was told I should kill myself because of how I look. I received thousands of messages like this all year & there have been times where I let those words destroy me. But as my confidence strengthened, I became a fortress of self-love that could not be broken by the words of unhappy people. I learned quickly that happy people don’t say hurtful things. And that happiness begins with self-love. The girl I see in the mirror is beautiful with and without makeup, whether I am a size 6 or a size 16. So as 2018 begins, I’m leaving behind all of the words that once hurt me – all of the doubt that once controlled me. No one can tell us who we are. We are glorious. We are beautiful. We are worthy. This video is a small victory in my self-love revolution & I can’t wait to continue the fight in 2018. I am not the things they say I am. I will never be reduced to their words. I am brave, I am strong, I am who I’m meant to be. This is me. 💖