Makeup tutorials might seem like a shallow thing, but sometimes inspiration can be found in the most unexpected of places. This is absolutely one of those times. First we saw Lauren Luke fight domestic abuse with a makeup how-to, and now a preteen is teaching us more about life than she is about eyeshadow.
Adorable, bubbly twelve-year-old Talia Joy Castellano has been making vlogging makeup tutorials on YouTube for a year now. This kid will school you on things like how to do smokey eyes and the basics of brush maintenance, but Talia’s age isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from other online beauty gurus — she’s been battling cancer since 2007. She has lost her hair from chemotherapy, but instead of wearing a wig, uses makeup to make herself feel confident and beautiful.
Talia is extremely talented, but she has a lot more to offer than her makeup techniques in terms of teaching people. She recently announced that doctors have found two types of cancer in her body, and the only treatment option would be a bone marrow transplant that would be extremely rough on her. She is consequently considering not seeking treatment, which would give her four months to a year to live. This is what she has to say about it:
“I’m going to decide whether or not I want to do the bone marrow transplant, or whether or not I just don’t do it and live the time I have remaining. This is not fair to me anymore. I’m only 13. I shouldn’t have to be doing this…it’s really not fair for kids to have cancer. It really frickin sucks. … I’ve gotten so many benefits from [cancer]. Having a YouTube channel, having to inspire people and having people look up to me…I adore, I love makeup, using it as my wig…it’s amazing…the journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an end. I hope you guys understand what I’m saying, and understand where I’m coming from.”
Wow. Most adults we know could use some of Talia’s strength and perspective. She is truly incredible. Subscribe to Talia’s YouTube channel, listen to what she has to say about her journey, and then watch her doing what she does best. We wish her all the luck and happiness in the world.