Emily Jones is a 22-year-old aspiring makeup artist with a rare autoimmune disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (Type III). As a result of her disease, Jones uses a wheelchair and a feeding tube. But she isn’t letting that stand in the way of her passion for makeup. She creates fun, glittery looks that she shares on Instagram with her 17K followers.

Glittery purple lips and glitter eyeliner I'm in love with this look here ! Hope you like it like I do ! ✨ eyes: @nyxcosmetics 'nouveau chic' eyeshadow palette @makeupgeekcosmetics 'tiki hut' 'peach smoothie' 'Creme brûlée' and 'wild west' @nyxcosmetics 'art throb' palette @colourpopcosmetics '1st base' liquid lipstick as a base @makeupgeekcosmetics 'mai tai' shadow @makeupgeekcosmetics 'in the spotlight' in the centre @nyxcosmetics 'glam pink' aqua luxe liner @nyxcosmetics 'crystal' glitter @nyxcosmetics glitter glue @nyxcosmetics brow pomade in 'espresso' @nyxcosmetics brow mascara in 'espresso' @lagirlcosmetics concealer in 'porcelain' and @morphebrushes 06C palette as a base @revlon_uk 'lash potion' mascara @nyxcosmetics 'fatale' lashes 😍 @nyxcosmetics 'glass slipper' prismatic shadow in the inner corner @nyxcosmetics 'diamond' pigment as well face: @nyxcosmetics angel veil primer @nyxcosmetics spray primer @nyxcosmetics matte foundation in 'porcelain' @nyxcosmetics colour correcting palette @farsalicare rose gold elixir @nyxcosmetics finishing 'porcelain' powder @lauramercier translucent powder to bake @nyxcosmetics 'sweet cheeks' palette @nyxcosmetics 'liquid prism' liquid highlighter, @nyxcosmetics 'twilight tint' highlighter @nyxcosmetics 'snow rose' highlighter @makeupgeekcosmetics 'break up' contour pan @nyxcosmetics contour palette @morphebrushes 6C palette lips: @nyxcosmetics 'subversive socialite' liquid suede lipstick @nyxcosmetics 'violet' glitter this combo tho 😍😍😍✨✨✨ #allbeautybloggers #allmodernmakeup #nyxcosmetics #nyxcosmetics_uk #makeuplover #makeupartistsworldwide #makeupslayageworldwide #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeupobsessionshimmer #shimycatsmua #fakeupfix #wakeupandmakeup #slave2beauty #slave2makeup #undiscoveredmuas #undiscovered_muas #make4glam_ #maryhadalittleglam #feature_my_makeup_art #itsmylookbook

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“I’m so grateful for the phenomenal amount of support I’m getting,” she told Allure. “People are being so kind, and I’m so happy to be doing something I’m really passionate about. I’ve had a lot of fellow tube-fed people approach me saying they’re grateful I’m giving them the confidence to do makeup, as well.”

Right I haven't actually put a wheelchair selfie on here before so here is one in my manual chair (I'm normally always in my electric one) ; this was in Brighton and just before I put the splints on my knees to keep them in place eyes @nyxcosmetics 'rose' glitter @nyxcosmetics nouveau chic palette @nyxcosmetics 'Jezebel' lashes @makeupgeekcosmetics 'peach smoothie' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'wild west' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'voltage' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'phantom' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'Barcelona beach' @makeupgeekcosmetics 'brownie points' @nyxcosmetics skinny mascara @stilacosmetics smudge stick in 'stingray' @nyxcosmetics 'ice' glitter in the inner corner and under the brow @nyxcosmetics brow pomade in 'espresso' @nyxcosmetics brow mascara in 'espresso' face: @nyxcosmetics angel veil primer @nyxcosmetics spray primer @nyxcosmetics mineral stick foundation in 'porcelain' @lagirlcosmetics 'porcelain' concealer @nyxcosmetics translucent setting powder @nyxcosmetics porcelain powder @toofaced 'something about Berry' blush @nyxcosmetics 'moon glow' liquid highlighter @nyxcosmetics 'twilight tint' @gerardcosmetics #slayalldaysettingspray in 'peach' @nyxcosmetics matte setting spray @makeupgeekcosmetics 'break up' contour pan lips: @nyxcosmetics lip lingerie in 'exotic' 😍😍😍 this colour omg is so beautiful ! #makeupart #makeupbyme #nyxcosmetics_uk #nyxglitter #makeupslayageworldwide #wakeupandmakeup #slave2makeup #slave2beauty #beautyshimmerworldwide #makeupobsessionshimmer #shimycatsmua #makeupartistsworldwide #muafeatures #muasfeature #makeupcakeup #fakeupfix #undiscovered_muas #hudabeauty #nyxliplingerie #allmodernmakeup #allbeautybloggers #peachyqueenblog

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The aspiring MUA discovered her love for makeup at 19. “I was instantly curious about how it would make me feel as I’m a very shy person,” she said. “Wearing it made me feel happy.” She taught herself using Youtube tutorials. “I’m so grateful for the skills they taught me and for them making me believe in me and my makeup application abilities. I have watched Carli Bybel and Nikkie Tutorials from the start, and they started off my love for makeup.”

She continued, “Makeup means everything to me — it gives me the confidence to be myself without the judgment of others. Makeup takes away the self-consciousness I feel because of my NG tube and makes me feel gorgeous!”

Jones has plans to start her own Youtube channel, but for now, you can follow her looks on Instagram at @beautybyemilylou_.

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(h/t Allure; Photos via @beautybyemilylou_)