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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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