Fibromyalgia sufferer used make-up to cope with chronic pain – and now runs a beauty brand loved by millions


A WOMAN suffering from agonising chronic pain has revealed how make-up helped her cope with her debilitating condition.

Djimbi Djevdet founded beauty brand Makeup Addiction to help take her mind off her fibromyalgia – and it now has millions of fans.

A fibromyalgia sufferer has revealed how make-up helped her cope with crippling pain

The mum-of-two, who is based in Brighton, was diagnosed in 2012 with the musculoskeletal condition – whose symptoms include pain, muscle stiffness, headaches and difficulty sleeping, and which Lady Gaga also has – after suffering crippling pain across her entire body making it a struggle to stand up.

Djimbi, who was recently married and had dreams of becoming a teacher when she was struck down, started watching make-up tutorials on YouTube to distract herself.

Speaking to Bustle, the 32-year-old explained: “What made me fall in love with [makeup] was the fact that makeup…made me feel better at the time, because I wasn’t able to do much.

“It was something I could easily do because I wasn’t able to go out. I always had an interest in makeup.

The mum-of-two started watching make-up tutorials on YouTube to distract herself from her condition

“I didn’t have a passion for it until I started watching the tutorials, and then, the passion developed.”

While expanding her passion for make-up, she realised that lots of make-up brushes on the market are not affordable for many people.

She was inspired to create Makeup Addiction – and after investing just under a £,1000 to produce bamboo make-up brushes, the range was a sell-out.

The success of the business – which now also stocks eye shadow palettes, liquid lips, highlighters and lashes – has seen its Instagram page grow to 1.2 million followers.

She decided to create Makeup Addiction – and her first products, affordable make-up brushes, were a sell-out
The beauty brand now has 1.2 million followers on Instagram

“Everyone should be represented,’ Djimbi added, of the brand’s philosophy.

“I want to make sure I get both spectrums because I feel like beauty has no colour.

She wants “everyone to be represented” by her business

“I would make sure to represent every single skin tone to make sure that everyone can come to our brand and find a colour eye shadow that is going to show up on their skin tone.”

Djimbi revealed she no longer suffers from debilitating fibromyalgia symptoms.

We recently challenged four women to go make-up free for International Women’s Day.

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