This Satirical Makeup Tutorial Wants You To Get "Depression Chic"
Meet Amy Geliebter: a 21-year-old vlogger who posted a makeup tutorial describing how to "put on depression," in order to call out the stigmas associated with mental health.
We broke down her "chic depression look" steps below. Caution: there are a lot, because unfortunately there seems to be a never-ending list of stigmas people with depression face.
Step 1: Prime your face with a "nice thick coat of chemical imbalances."
Step 2: "Make sure your foundation is nice and rocky and emotionally unstable."
Step 3: "Cover up all of your blemishes using the shade 'denial and emotional repression'. Go back over your blemishes with another layer concealer with the shade 'complete mental breakdown.'"
Step 4: Apply the shade "just be happy" to the base of your eyes. Then apply "you don't need medication" to the crease.
Step 5: "Highlight your brow bone using the shade 'I was depressed once too and I got over it.'"
Step 6: "Next we want to deny our depression completely by trying to pretend to be someone we're not in an attempt to make the people around us happy. To do this, we are going to use a contour kit, starting with a highlighter in the shade 'I hate myself and every day I feel like dying.'"
Step 7: Contour your cheek bones using the shade "I have five co-occurring disorders and my brain feels like its on fire."
Step 8: "Fill in your eyebrows using small thin strokes, this works to both mimic the texture of eyebrow hair and mimic what your life might be like if you had normal brain chemistry and weren't depressed."
Step 9: "Because the eyes are the window to the soul, apply some mascara. I'm using the brand, 'I feel empty and dead inside.'"
Step 10: Finally, line your lips and then add liquid lipstick in the shade "just smile more."
Geliebter had previously made a similar video debunking bisexual stereotypes.
"I was inspired to make the video after seeing how many people I was able to reach by using humor to talk about issues facing bisexual people," she told Metro. "I wanted people who feel depressed to be able to relate to my video and not feel so alone."
This seems to be exactly what she has done. In fact, the comment section on YouTube was filled with praise.
"As a person with borderline, bipolar and anxiety this video was so accurate and relatable," one wrote. "I honestly started to tear up because you voiced out loud everything that I have felt inside," said another.
Props to Geliebter for finding a creative way to talk about something so often overshadowed.