Stop spreading hate, start spreading help: Italian makeup artist sends an important message after creating coronavirus mask look

An Italian make-up artist has created a coronavirus mask look with a clear message - racism is unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances.

Coronavirus mask look

An Italian makeup artist has created a coronavirus mask look to send an important message that our worries about the virus cannot be used as an excuse for racism.

While many social media influencers have been creating mask-friendly looks, Emanuele Petrini, a 22 year-old makeup artist from Viareggio, Italy, used his skills to create a coronavirus mask look to send out an important message after he noticed racism occurring in the town where he lives.

He painted on the illusion of a coronavirus face mask and completed the look by placing a Post-it Note on his lips which reads, “Stop using the coronavirus excuse to express your racist sh*t.”

Asian people worldwide have unnecessarily faced prejudice since the coronavirus outbreak began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

Emanuele shared photos of the look on his Instagram account where it has received over 5,000 likes and comments. He hopes that the look which took two hours to create using cosmetics by Mehron, Jeffree Star, Nikkie Tutorials and Anastasia Beverly Hills will bring about change and stop the racism that is being directed towards Chinese people.

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Coronavirus doesn’t means being racist towards Asians. Aids doesn’t means homophobia. transgender doesn’t means transphobia. And being myself doesn’t means that you can hate me. Stop spreading your hate using excuses, it’s so old and boring, take your responsibilities for once. THIS IS ALL MAKEUP. SHARE THIS POST IF YOU BELIEVE IN A CHANGE. ———————————— @mehronmakeup paint palette. @jeffreestarcosmetics Alien Palette for shading (tall grey, black hole). @ofracosmetics Glazed Donut x @nikkietutorials highlighter. @anastasiabeverlyhills Brow gel in dark brown. @colourpopcosmetics white eyeliner and lunchmoney highlighter. @nouba_it black eyeliner. [i took the sentence on the post it from a page. tag her plz i lost it.] —————————————— #coronavirus #corona #illusionmakeup #illusion #makeup #undiscovered_muas #theartistedit #testandtell #mua #explore #maskmakeup #makeupartist #viruscorona #editorialmakeup #creativemakeup #anastasiabeverlyhills #jeffreestarcosmetics #mehronmakeup #colourpop #makeuplover #underratedmuas

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The makeup artist wants people to understand that we are all human regardless of our race, sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. In an interview with, Emanuele said “I would love to see less fear and more work on creating a cure, all the nations together. Stop spreading hate, start spreading help.”

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19) such as symptoms, how to protect yourself and others, and at-risk groups you can visit the HSE’s coronavirus page.

As the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic the Department of Foreign Affairs advises Irish nationals not to travel to Italy and to avoid non-essential travel to China. If you need to travel you should consult the Department of Foreign Affairs website and your airline’s website for the latest travel advice and information. On Tuesday 10 March, Ryanair suspended all its Italian flights until April 8 and Aer Lingus cancelled all flights to and from Italy until April 4. Also, direct flights between Dublin and Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific won’t resume until 6 July.

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