Make-up Guru Cassandra Bankson: How to Get Flawless Face Despite Severe Acne [Video]

NEW YORK | Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 12:14pm EDT

Acne-ridden teen hoped to help one person and uploaded a video of spot-concealing make-up tips, which was watched millions times.

A teen hoped that by sharing her problem with acne and how she has learnt make-up tricks to hide it would help at least one person going through the same ordeal, says The Daily Mail.

“I know exactly where you are, I’ve been in your shoes and there is hope,” she said. “Someone else has been there and there is a way for you to feel confident…you just need to kind of search around for what it is that makes you lighten up.”

The California born went on: “I hope this helps you if you guys have acne, or even if you don’t have acne and you just want really pretty skin,” she says at the end of one of her makeup tutorials.

But the 19-year-old teenager has been watched by millions of YouTube users thanks to bravely taking to the internet to show off her severe skin complaint.

She said: “I got my first pimple in the third grade and it progressively got worse, I had to work out how to deal with it.”

“I filmed the video last November but it took me a month to post it, I thought I was going to get the same hate I got at school over my skin. But I thought if it could help one person, one girl or guy with the same condition, it would be worth it.”

Cassandra Bankson uploaded a video to YouTube showing her red and blemished skin before applying make-up – and how she managed to make her face look flawless in just ten minutes thanks to her beauty tricks.

Due to unusual success of the video, the 19-year-old Californian girl was asked to appeared on Good Morning America to share her story. “It’s been overwhelming,” she said on the show of the response online to her video.

“It really is an eye-opener. I never knew that for men, for women, even for adults, it’s such an epidemic. Yes, it’s cosmetic, but it goes deeper than that. I think that’s something that’s a little bit of a misconception.”

Cassandra revealed that she was bullied at school for her problems with skin but she learnt how to conceal it by practising different make-up techniques.

Her blemish-concealing make-up application became so expert that the teenager was able to become a model with her skin appearing flawless in her portfolio shots.

The youngster also mentioned that she is partnering up with Hourglass Cosmetics to promote its Immaculate Foundation. The partnership developed after the makeup company saw a review Bankson posted on her YouTube channel.

Cassandra’s channel, DiamondsAndHeels14, has over 19 million views and over 160,000 subscribers in all.

“I posted a review of the Hourglass Cosmetics foundation. Hourglass saw that video, they watched it, and then they emailed me!” Bankson said gleefully in a follow-up video.

“They said, ‘Hey would you be interested in getting the chance to talk to everyone who watches your videos one-on-one, tell them about acne, talk to them about foundation and meet them’ And I was like ‘Oh my God are you kidding me?!'”

The California native insisted that her meet-and-greets will not consist of 30 seconds of talking and then her limply posing for photos.

“We are going to hang out. We are not going to ‘meet up.’ We are going to hang out!” she told her followers.

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