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This Woman Won't Let a Feeding Tube Get In the Way of Showing Off Her Makeup Skills

Emily Jones is a glitter-obsessed aspiring artist whose love for makeup runs deeper than even the most Sephora-obsessed.

The 22-year-old from London is currently battling Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (type 3), a rare autoimmune disease that affects connective tissues such as the skin, joints, and blood vessels, which are important for maintaining strength throughout the body. Complications from the condition have kept Jones in a wheelchair for the last several years and she's now required to use a feeding tube. But her passion for makeup and beauty has actually helped her embrace her new normal. (Related: Why Autoimmune Diseases Are On the Rise)

 

Right I haven't actually put a wheelchair selfie on here before so here is one in my manual chair (I'm normally always in my electric one) ; this was in Brighton and just before I put the splints on my knees to keep them in place eyes @nyxcosmetics 'rose' glitter @nyxcosmetics nouveau chic palette @nyxcosmetics 'Jezebel' lashes @makeupgeekcosmetics 'peach smoothie' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'wild west' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'voltage' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'phantom' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'Barcelona beach' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'brownie points' @nyxcosmetics skinny mascara @stilacosmetics smudge stick in 'stingray' @nyxcosmetics 'ice' glitter in the inner corner and under the brow @nyxcosmetics brow pomade in 'espresso' @nyxcosmetics brow mascara in 'espresso' face: @nyxcosmetics angel veil primer @nyxcosmetics spray primer @nyxcosmetics mineral stick foundation in 'porcelain' @lagirlcosmetics 'porcelain' concealer @nyxcosmetics translucent setting powder @nyxcosmetics porcelain powder @toofaced 'something about Berry' blush @nyxcosmetics 'moon glow' liquid highlighter @nyxcosmetics 'twilight tint' @gerardcosmetics #slayalldaysettingspray in 'peach' @nyxcosmetics matte setting spray @makeupgeekcosmetics 'break up' contour pan lips: @nyxcosmetics lip lingerie in 'exotic' this colour omg is so beautiful ! #makeupart #makeupbyme #nyxcosmetics_uk #nyxglitter #makeupslayageworldwide #wakeupandmakeup #slave2makeup #slave2beauty #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeupobsessionshimmer #shimycatsmua #makeupartistsworldwide #muafeatures #muasfeature #makeupcakeup #fakeupfix #undiscovered_muas #hudabeauty #nyxliplingerie #allmodernmakeup #allbeautybloggers #peachyqueenblog

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"Makeup means everything to me—it gives me the confidence to be myself without the judgment of others," she recently told Allure. "[It] takes away the self-consciousness I feel...and makes me feel gorgeous!"

Jones posts on Instagram every day, proudly flaunting her impressive makeup looks. And instead of trying to cover up her feeding tube as some kind of "flaw," she wants to incorporate it into her creative process. "I'm gonna try to find some glittery tape to put on the side of my tube to match the look I'm going for," she also told Allure.

 

Yaaaay festival chic I would call this my eyelids are very glittery (no surprise there) I also love my hair all wavy like this :)! Also Thankyou for the serious amount of love on my account I'm so grateful to everyone makeup means the world to me and I feel like my dreams are coming true :) eyes: @morphebrushes 35F palette @limecrimemakeup 'gemini' zodiac glitter @collectioncosmeticsuk #glamcrystalsdazzinggelliner in 'funk' and 'hustle' @morphebrushes 'conceited' pressed pigment @rimmellondonuk scandal eyes retro glam mascara @unicornlashesuk 'star struck' lashes @stilacosmetics smudge stick in 'stingray' @nyxcosmetics brow pomade in 'espresso' and @benefitcosmeticsuk gimme brow setting gel and @nyxcosmetics brow mascara in 'espresso' ~ face: @nyxcosmetics angel veil primer and yellow correcting primer @nyxcosmetics control dropper foundation @nyxcosmetics contour/highlight stick @morphebrushes 9C palette to set my face @morphebrushes 9BZ bronzer palette @morphebrushes 9B blush palette @morphebrushes DD highlighter palette @hudabeauty 'pink sands' palette in 'Santorini' and 'Ibiza' lips: @morphebrushes 'Layla' topped with 'cheap thrills' diamond crusher by @limecrimemakeup #tubefedmakeupartist #instabeauty #instamakeup #instabeauty #muasfeature #makeupdolls #makeupobsessed #makeupartistsworldwide #makeupslayageworldwide #allmodernmakeup #allbeautybloggers #beautyblender #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeupobsessionshimmer #shimycatsmua #slave2beauty #slave2makeup #wakeupandmakeup #nyxcosmetics #nyxcosmetics_uk #morphegirl #morphebabe #morphebrushes #muasfeature #makeupcakeup #makeup_up

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While you might think she learned from the pros, her impressive skills are completely self-taught—with a little help and encouragement from beauty YouTubers, that is. "I have watched Carli Bybel and NikkieTutorials from the start, and they started off my love for makeup," she said to Allure. Jones started posting photos and videos to social media when she was 19 and has enjoyed honing her beauty skills and trying out the latest trends ever since.

 

Love this look I think it's my favourite ! eyes: @morphebrushes 35C palette @morphebrushes 'Hollywood nights' liquid lipstick for wing @morphebrushes 'slate' gel liner in waterline @rimmellondonuk 'retro glam' scandal eyes mascara @nyxcosmetics 'rose' glitter @nyxcosmetics glitter glue @lagirlcosmetics 'porcelain' concealer @morphebrushes 9C palette as a base @morphebrushes 'mimosa Sunday' pigment @hudabeauty 'farah' lashes face: @nyxcosmetics angel veil primer @nyxcosmetics stick foundation in 'porcelain' @lagirlcosmetics 'porcelain' concealer @morphebrushes 9C palette to set my face @morphebrushes 9B blush palette @morphebrushes 9BZ bronzer palette @morphebrushes DD highlighter palette @jeffreestarcosmetics 'ice cold' highlighter @gerardcosmetics #slayalldaysettingspray 'peach' lips: @morphebrushes 'hot shot' liquid lipstick @nyxcosmetics 'cherry pie' lipgloss #wakeupandmakeup #slave2makeup #slave2beauty #makeupbyme #makeupobsessionshimmer #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeupslayageworldwide #makeupartistsworldwide #fakeupfix #instabeeyou #itsmylookbook #morphebabe #morphegirl #morphebrushes #nyxcosmetics_uk #nyxcosmetics #peachyqueenblog #morphebabe #morphegirl #morphebrushes #morphepalette #makeupartistsworldwide #maryhadalittleglam

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By sharing her inspiring story on Instagram, Jones hopes to inspire others to embrace what makes them different and to follow their dreams no matter what obstacles come their way.

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