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Date Of Injury: 2005
This Burn Survivor Is The Most Incredible Makeup Artist You’ll Ever See
Meet Shalom Nchom. She’s a 20-year-old makeup artist from Nigeria who now lives in Maryland. When Nchom was 9, she had an accident with frying oil at her family’s store and was left with severe burns.
“Life after the accident wasn’t what I thought it would be,” Nchom told BuzzFeed. “I was stared at by kids and older people whenever I stepped out. I felt like a living statue that people came to see. It pushed me to be rude towards anyone who stared at me. I cursed people out and cried on many occasions.”
Learning to do makeup made her feel more comfortable, and the bullying she faced in school eventually subsided.
Soon, classmates were asking Nchom to do their makeup — which she did at a price of $5-$25 per person.
Nchom, who goes by “Shalom Blac” on YouTube, told BuzzFeed she hopes people who watch her videos “can not only learn how to do makeup, but to learn to live and love themselves for who they truly are.”
While Nchom has made a name for herself teaching others how to apply makeup, she puts a great deal of importance on valuing herself no matter what she looks like.
“You should love yourself either way—makeup or no makeup,” Nchom says in one video. “Makeup is not the reason why I am happy. I’m happy because I love myself.”
Watch Nchom’s amazing makeup transformation in this video: