People use makeup for a variety of reasons: Some use it as a creative tool, while others put on makeup to impress people, or to make themselves feel good; some like it because it covers up perceived imperfections, and others use it to accentuate their assets.
Most like makeup for some combination of these reasons, but one woman named Amanda Ramirez found a particularly inspiring reason to use it.
In August 2016, the 22-year-old was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the lymphocytes of the immune system. During her chemotherapy treatment, Ramirez made a conscious effort to continue to apply her makeup as a way to help boost her confidence.
"I've always been a makeup enthusiast," the California native explained to Yahoo! Beauty. "I began learning makeup on my own at the age of 19, and ever since then I fell in love with the art of beauty."
She added, "I was definitely like this prior to the cancer, and it’s helped me immensely with dealing with my treatment. When you look beautiful you feel beautiful."
Ramirez is also sharing her journey on Instagram. She posts glamorous selfies for her 30,600 followers and she is helping other cancer patients and people living with an illness feel better about themselves.
One Instagram commenter said, "You're such an amazing strong beautiful woman! You're such an inspiration, truly!"
Cancer survivors are also offering Ramirez their support. One wrote, "I had cancer too when I was 21 and it was so so hard, but you are beautiful and strong! Be positive! "
Ramirez also uses her Instagram as a platform to talk about body positivity. In an image posted three months ago, she wrote in a caption, "No I'm not what conventional beauty defines, but I exude confidence and that no one can deny. From my short neck, to my arm rolls, to my big belly and cellulite by my physical features I am not defined ... "
" ... I am beautiful because I accept my flaws and try my best everyday, I'm beautiful because I've learned to love the skin I'm in. I'm beautiful because for every 100 negative comments I get I can still look in the mirror and feel validated within myself. Love who you are."
Ramirez is about halfway through her 12-cycle chemo regimen, but her message is something that will continue on long after she's done. She wrote, "I realize that it's bigger than me; God has given me this to show the world that you can be fierce and strong while having a bit of vulnerability. I hope to inspire and help those who don't feel they can go on with something that weighs on the heart so heavily."