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Italian makeup artist creates coronavirus mask look to send an important message

As coronavirus continues to spread, Italy is shut down, and panic builds, makeup artists have been getting creative.

While a load of influencers have used the virus as inspiration for mask-friendly looks, Emanuele Petrini, a 22-year-old makeup artist living in Viareggio, Italy, has used his skills to send an important message: that our worries about coronavirus cannot be used as an excuse for racism.

Since coronavirus began in Wuhan, Asian people around the world have faced prejudice.

One Asian woman was rejected from a restaurant due to the assumption that because of her race, she must be carrying coronavirus. A writer has experienced cruel comments while a doctor has noticed people on public transport covering their faces the moment they see her.

When Emanuele noticed racism occurring in his town, he decided to speak out in the way he knew how – through a makeup look.

He carefully painted on the illusion of a coronavirus face mask, then topped it with a Post-it note, reading: ‘Stop using the coronavirus excuse to express your racist sh*t.’

‘I’ve seen that some Italians were so rude with Chinese lately for this virus thing,’ Emanuele tells Metro.co.uk.

‘I’ve seen some ignorant Italians recording Chinese people and shouting horrible words at them, like “it’s your fault, go back to your country”.

‘I thought: “stop giving Chinese the fault of the Virus, it’s so stupid, there are people that are dying”.

‘I decided to send a message by creating a makeup look.’

Emanuele shared photos of his makeup creation on Instagram, where it received more than 4,000 likes and comments.

The makeup artist hopes that his work, which took two hours to create using a fact paint palette by Mehron and Jeffree Star Cosmetics eyeshadows, will encourage people to challenge their own judgements and put a stop to the racism spreading as fast as the virus.

‘I hope that people can understand that we are all the same and coronavirus is not Chinese people’s fault,’ Emanuele tells us. ‘It could have happened anywhere.

I would love to see less fear and more work on creating a cure, all the nations together.

‘Stop spreading hate, start spreading help.’

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