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This Quadriplegic Makeup Artist Is Inspiring Us To Follow Our Dreams

Even after being in two terrible car accidents and battling cancer, Steph Aiello didn't stop pursuing her makeup dreams. Check out some of her most gorgeous looks!

Makeup artist Steph Aiello has been through a lot more in a few years than most people will go through their entire lives, and is now proving to the world that nothing can stand in the way of your dreams.

Aiello, a cancer survivor, was left paralyzed from the waist down in a 2010 car crash. Just a few months later, while being granted a six-hour leave from the hospital to spend Christmas day with her family, she and her loved ones were in another crash, this time being hit by a drunk driver on their way to the celebration.

Before both of the accidents, the 26-year-old had dreams to become a cosmetologist. And while so many people would let that be the end of their dreams, even through an incredible amount of adversity, Aiello eventually found her way back to makeup.


The struggle was real.... 😳🙈 ______________ Details: @frankierosecosmetics Matte Perfect Foundation in "Olive" @urbandecaycosmetics Shadow in "Lounge" Heavy Metal Liner in "Urban Cowboy" @loraccosmetics one of palettes from the Holiday Set @flutterlashesinc @makeupbyshayla lashes @gerardcosmetics Hydro Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Everything Nice" topped with Metal Matte in "Dream Weaver" @artistcouture @mac_daddyy highlight in "Gold Digger" @anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow in"Medium Brown" #Vegas_nay #fakeupfix #undiscovered_muas #hudabeauty #Amrezy #beauty #instamakeup #instabeauty #selfie #makeupartist #gerardcosmetics #loraccosmetics #dipbrow #anastasiabrows #frankierose #stilacosmetics #MOTD #Flutterlashes #glamrezy #themakeupaddict #urbandecay #morpheselfie #fiercesociety #makeupartistworldwide #beautyblogger #fiercesimplicity #anastasiabeverlyhills #hypnaughtymakeup #bretmansvanity @bretmansvanity

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Her Instagram account just reached 100k followers, and it's well deserved as her tutorials and daily makeup looks are seriously amazing. She has had to adapt to using her mouth to twist off caps and holding brushes between both of her hands to apply the makeup, but her technique is so incredible, she can flawlessly put on a winged eyeliner with no issues.

We love her gorgeous makeovers and relentless attitude, but our favorite part about Aiello is that she doesn't pretend that it's always easy. She continues to be honest with her followers every step along the way. And the sincerity of her struggles, along with her determination to never stop improving makes us love her all the more.

Check out some of our favorite looks and tutorials from Steph, and take a look at her Instagram and YouTube channel for more!


Feeling a bit under the weather today 🤕 but got up and filmed, as promised! Simple Holiday tutorial will be up tomorrow. Let me know if you'd like to see a GLITTER one like this too ✨ __________ Details: (Review Video coming soon... I honestly wish I had discovered these products sooner 😳🙌🏼) @frankierosecosmetics "Prime Addiction" FacePrimer Matte Perfection Foundation in "Olive" It's our little secret concealer "neutral" Pro Contour Palette 5 Shade Shadow Palette in "Down to Earth" @colourpopcosmetics Shadow in Koosh @urbandecaycosmetics GLITTER Liner in "Urban Cowboy" @anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow in "Medium Brown" Liquid Lipstick in "Trust Issues" @stilacosmetics Waterproof Liner #Vegas_nay #fakeupfix #undiscovered_muas #hudabeauty #Amrezy #beauty #instamakeup #instabeauty #selfie #makeupartist #colourpop #colourpopcosmetics #dipbrow #anastasiabrows #frankierose #stilacosmetics #MOTD #Flutterlashes #glamrezy #themakeupaddict #urbandecay #morpheselfie #fiercesociety #makeupartistworldwide #beautyblogger #fiercesimplicity #anastasiabeverlyhills #morphegirl

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We love Steph's inspirational grit and determination, and we can't wait to see what looks she comes up with next!

Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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