Makeup tutorials are pretty popular on YouTube, since everybody loves to learn how to apply makeup. But one megastar named Lauren Luke decided to use her tutorial for good by starring in this anti-abuse PSA called "Don't Cover It Up":
The clip is as powerful as it is jarring. Notice how nonchalant she seems as she gives tips on how to cover up the bruises she has from being beaten up. As a spokesperson, Luke says she's no stranger to being afraid of a romantic partner and she hopes the clip will help victims feel braver about reaching out and getting help instead of hiding their abuse. She shares her own personal experience below:
The bruising on my face for the video wasn't real, but my emotions in that video were. I had a bad experience in the past with a previous boyfriend. He never physically hurt me but I did sometimes fear what would happen next if I said the wrong thing. He could be overprotective and embarrass me in front of my work colleagues or friends because of his aggressive behavior. Sometimes it was like living with a volcano which could erupt at any second—I felt I was walking on egg shells just to keep him from exploding and smashing something across the room.
To open up and be honest about something like this makes us feel weak among our friends and family, but in actual fact there is nothing weak about it. Those who are abusive behind closed doors are the ones who are weak. Back then I knew the whole situation wasn't normal, but I didn't know about the help that is out there. And that is why I wanted to work with Refuge—to get the message out to anyone who may need help and support that it's time to stop covering it up.