By nature, most of our battles with anxiety and depression happen in our heads—and it’s really, really tempting to keep them hidden there. But beauty blogger Yasaman Ghedi wants to make those mental health struggles visible. That's why she started the #InsideOutChallenge on Instagram, which encourages people to use makeup to give a face (literally) to those struggles.
Yasaman’s formula is simple: Apply your everyday makeup to half of your face and then depict what living with mental illness feels like on other half. Here's Ghedi's finished product:
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
The results are as haunting as they are beautiful. (Check out examples of other people's take on the #InsideOutChallenge below.) Most importantly, though, they’re a reminder that the stigma and secrecy that so often surround mental illness are both major issues we need to fight.
This is the face of a depression and anxiety warrior! I will not let labels define me. I am more than my mental disorders! Here goes...if I want to make a difference and reach others, I have to step outside my comfort zone and do something that scares me. This is my #insideoutchallenge. I'm not going to go into the depth of everything like I did in my makeup group but I'll give a short explanation. Though I was not a survivor of physical abuse, I was of many years of emotional abuse which hurts just like I'd been hit with a fist. I also struggled with a lot of years of self injury because of life's circumstances. I have always been a very emotional person and still am, I would often get ridiculed of crying and expressing my emotions. I tried to keep my emotions to myself but that has never worked out for me. There bright red lips...well I struggle with red lipstick. I love colorful makeup but was told growing up that bold bright makeup equated "a street walker", I did bright red lips in remembering how I was told after I was sexually abused that I deserved it. A lot of women are told well if you didn't wear that or say that or go there you wouldn't have been hurt. That's bullshit. This challenge isn't meant to be pretty, it's meant to be raw and real and from the heart. My hearts desire is to be there for women struggling with similar situations in life. #anxietywarrior #mentalhealthawareness #anxietywontstopme #fuckanxiety #fightthroughdepression #dontletitwin #radicalselflove #instalike #follow4follow #followforfollow
Thank you @serafinax17 for your bravery! "ADHD isn't something you can call yourself when you're feeling hyper because to me, not being able to focus and being bombarded with my own thoughts isn't a joke. ADHD hasn't ruined my life or made me sad, it made me realize that I'm the way I am for a reason. My brain works differently than others and I am glad to be who I am, inside and out." @lilmoonchildd #adhd #speakup #adhdawareness #learningdisability #makeupchallenge #advocacy #letstalkaboutit #endthestigma #insideoutchallenge
I'll be posting 3 photos in the next few hours. All are of the same makeup look, inspired by @lilmoonchildd 's #insideoutchallenge. The challenge is to raise awareness of/for mental illnesses. The goal is to show how uniquely someone can be emoting on the inside, despite a normalized outward appearance. 🎭 I inherited depression and anxiety disorders from my mom, who inspires me constantly to keep moving forward. I know there will always be road blocks, but I'm actually really happy by how much understanding there is on social media now about anxiety/depression. It doesn't have to be a dark mystery! Everyone's experience is different. The more the social stigma lifts, the better. Thanks and praise to everyone who helps humanity toward this goal. 🌏 I'll explain my makeup concept and how it reflects my anxiety in my next post. 💄Lip is KVD's Lolita. White pigment is by Kryolan in Pearl over Mehron white water cake. More details to follow. 💋(Check out @lilmoonchildd 's page, btw! She's an amazing human being and one of my favorite MUAs on Instagram.) #makeup #portrait #creativeportrait #anxiety #depression
What if we could wear our mental illnesses? Here's my #InsideOutChallenge, thank you to @lilmoonchildd for starting this campaign and bringing such an important issue to the light. The idea of the Inside Out Challenge is to paint half of your face in the way you would interpret what goes on inside you. So many people suffer enormous amounts of pain in silence because of social stigma around mental illness. I know pretty much all of you guys have been affected by mental health in one way or another. Join the campaign and help put an end to the stigma.