Anyone who has dealt with acne knows the painful toll it can take on a person, both physically and emotionally. Medication, face wash, diet, and exercise can sometimes help the issue, but anyone who has suffered from problematic skin knows that no matter what you try, sometimes acne just happens and there isn’t anything you can do about it. For Rocio Cervantes, the makeup artist has decided to embrace her acne and turn her insecurities into beautiful works of art.
Cervantes has built a social media following of more than 140,000 Instagram followers thanks to her stunning eyeshadow blending technique. Using bright colours to create a rainbow effect, Cervantes posts images and tutorial videos of her work, calling herself a Professional Olympic Blender. We agree. These looks deserve a medal.
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In addition to her incredible eyeshadow technique, which earned Cervantes a brand partnership deal with Benefit Cosmetics, Rocio has also amassed a legion of followers thanks to her openness about her struggles with acne.
In August, Cervantes posted a picture of herself without makeup and spoke honestly about her difficult relationship with her skin, something many of us can relate to. Detailing the various treatments she’s tried over the past eight years, Cervantes wrote “I wish this was more talked about and I wish acne was normalized, so I hope by continuously showing myself, it comforts someone else going through the same.”
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Hello! So I just wanted to say sorry for been so inactive if anyone watched my IG stories then you would know I’ve been dealing with a lot of breakouts that cause me to not be able to put on makeup for days or even weeks it’s very stressful, depressing and sad because I am so passionate about makeup and putting out content for y’all! yesterday I went to see my doctor and I’ll be seen a cognitive therapist, someone who can help me cope with picking at my face which is something I’ve struggled with due to my acne I’m also hoping this is the next step to getting on accutane cause at this point I’ve tried just about everything (please no recommendations lol) because when you’ve dealt with acne since you were 17 (I’m 25 now) you’ve tried everything I thought I would take y’all on my journey something like acne vlogs the depression, anxiety, stress, social anxiety, treatments and all that comes with dealing with acne I wish this was more talked about and I wish acne was normalized so I hope by continuously showing myself it comforts someone else going through the same anyways love y’all sorry this was so long! ❤️
Now Cervantes is embracing her acne in a beautiful way. Combining her trademark look that includes using star stickers with her rainbow blend eye shadow, Rocio applied stickers to her acne and then applied foundation. She then removed the stickers, effectively turning her face into a beautiful constellation.
Writing that the concept was one she had been thinking about for a while, Cervantes said the idea came out of frustration. “My acne hinders my ability to do anything. Last night I was thinking how it would be if I didn’t have acne what I would look like and afterwards. I was so ashamed of myself for thinking that because I am beautiful, so I hope anyone dealing with anything whether it be acne or not knows that they will get through.”
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Hi loves it’s late I know I’m sorry but I did this right now it was a concept I had for awhile now it came out of frustration as you all know (since I speak about it so much lol) my acne hinders my ability to do anything last night I was thinking how it would be if I didn’t have acne what I would look like and afterwards I was so ashamed of myself for thinking that because I am beautiful so I hope anyone dealing with anything whether it be acne or not knows that they will get through it I love y’all that’s all (btw I put the stickers down first and then I packed on my foundation took the stickers off and Bam)lol ❤️ Here are details of what I used Foundation @makeupforeverofficial foundation stick Set with @rimmellondonus translucent powder Contour @anastasiabeverlyhills @norvina fawn Glow @anastasiabeverlyhills Dream glow kit “Magic” Brows @anastasiabeverlyhills Ebony brow definer Eyes @certifeye Tropical wonders palette and The dynasty palette Lashes are from @blushtribe I’m not sure whah the style is sorry! Lips @morphebrushes trippy gloss lined with @gerardcosmetics nude Stickers from hobby lobby!
Sharing the images on her social media accounts, Cervantes’ effort to help normalize acne and show the beauty in all skin types has been met with praise by many who have been in the same situation.
Look at @Rocioceja_ stripping beauty standards away with her art. 😭😭
— Jo (@johannaymills) September 19, 2018
Honestly @Rocioceja_ I know U prob didn’t begin makeup w the intention of being a voice for ppl with acne, but it’s a voice thats needed, and you’re such an amazing fit for it. I always direct anyone with Acne to your page because you give so much light to ppl struggling w acne. https://t.co/J6T2i9DWtm
— 𝕲𝖗𝖆𝖛𝖊𝖒𝖔𝖙𝖍 (@gravemoth) September 18, 2018
— ♡ ashley ysabelle ♡ (@ysabellesar) September 18, 2018
It’s so nice to see a artist speak out about the struggles of having acne, it’s something I never seen anyone speak about but I know it’s a big struggle for so many people . Rocio you are a fucking icon https://t.co/TVizZ91MYq
— Chey ✨🖤 (@TwistyCheyanne) September 18, 2018
This dead ass made me cry.
Growing up and struggling w/ cystic acne and rosacea is hard. I didn’t have people that I could relate to or look up to. So i’m glad Rocio is here and doing these things, it’s what the beauty community, and well all of us that can relate need. https://t.co/qywsfBD9Il
— 𝓹𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓬𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓪 (@priscillastamos) September 18, 2018
My face broke out so bad after a while of it being relatively clear. I sobbed tonight for the longest time while cleaning my makeup brushes over the sink. It’s as if the universe knew that I really needed to see this, you’re such a bright light ✨ https://t.co/taoBcpnwOB
— Anastasia (@littlenastia) September 18, 2018
We are definitely signing off on Rocio Cervantes as #Queen.