12-Year-Old YouTube Star With Cancer Inspires Through Make-Up Tutorials

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By: Adelle Platon / August 10, 2012

What would you do if you had two types of cancer and four months to live?

According to the Daily Mail, Talia Joy Castellano has turned her shortcomings into inspirational make-up tutorial videos on YouTube. Her channel has over eight million views and 117 thousand subscribers.

In one of her recent clips, she says ‘the chances of surviving are fewer than surviving,’ but that she will continue making her videos ‘for as long as I can.’

Though she uses the make-up as a confidence booster and a “wig,” Castellano expresses her bubbly personality through tutorials that aim to improve her viewers’ self-esteem.

‘When I put on my make-up I feel like I can embrace those features that I really like about myself,” she said. “I feel if someone’s looking at me, they’re looking at my makeup, not looking at my bald head. I am just trying to make young girls, young adults, adults, anyone, feel beautiful by using makeup.”

Check out one of her step-by-step vids below.