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Acid-Burn Victim’s Makeup Tutorial Comes with an Important Reality Check

Culture

Acid-Burn Victim’s Makeup Tutorial Comes with an Important Reality Check

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In the sea of petty online makeup tutorials, acid-burn victim Reshma’s video trumps them all. Back in 2004, the Mumbai survivor, then only 18 years old, was attacked with acid by her brother-in-law, causing irreversible burns to her face. Now, she’s actively working to ban the sale of over-the-counter acid through Make Love Not Scars, where you can sign a petition to make the lethal substance unavailable “to the common man.”

The viral video, which serves as a call to action, begins with Reshma giving helpful hints about applying eyeliner. “You’ll get an eyeliner anywhere for 100 rupees,” she says in the clip. “But do you know that you can get concentrated acid for just 30 rupees?” That’s 45 cents in U.S. currency, which is far less than the $1.50 you’d need to purchase eyeliner. Watch the eye-opening video, below, and sign the petition, which now has almost 70,000 signatures.