Burn survivor inspires others with online make-up tutorials

Burn survivor inspires others with online make-up tutorials
PHOTO: Instagram/ makeupbyshalom

Shalom Nchom was only nine years old when she had an accident with frying oil at her family's store in Nigeria. She suffered severe burns all over her face, head and shoulders.

Growing up, she had to endure nasty looks from other people and bullying incidents at school. Nchom also lost her playmates because they were frightened by her scars, The Daily Mail reported.

But that did not deter her from becoming an inspirational beauty vlogger on YouTube.

The 20-year-old, who now lives in the United States, recently took the social media world by storm with her amazing make-up skills and her positive attitude towards her burns.

In the video that catapulted her to Internet fame, she demonstrated an incredible transformation of her scarred face by only applying make-up on one side while leaving the other side bare.

The clip garnered well over 1.7 million likes on YouTube, and her inspiring story was shared by various media publications worldwide.

Nchom also shared with US magazine Glamour that she had developed her own techniques after watching online video tutorials from different make-up gurus.

Despite her skills, it was only three years ago that she plucked up enough courage to post her own video tutorials under the name 'Shalom Blac' on YouTube.

According to Buzzfeed, learning to do make-up had helped Nchom "feel more comfortable."

After she started experimenting with cosmetics at 13 years old, the bullying went away. Nchom was even approached by some of her classmates to help them with their make-up, which she agreed to do so for a fee.

The young woman told Glamour: "I find make-up to be a universal thing that connects us together, letting us express our own style in our own ways."

Nchom added: "There are no rules to make-up. And as a burn survivor, it gives me a chance to share my passion with others that may be going through similar things - or better yet, inspire someone to love who they see in the mirror."

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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