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Lauren Luke’s “How to Look Your Best the Morning After”

Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence.

Lauren Luke is a well-known make-up artist and entrepreneur sporting her own cosmetics brand; in this advertisement, she lends her artistic skills to depict the horrors of domestic violence for organisation Refuge.

In the short piece we see Lauren’s face close-up, worryingly bruised and battered, her aim in the video being to educate her viewers on how to cover up; however, while most cosmetic tutorials on covering up will concentrate on blemishes or blackheads, Lauren is covering up the evidence of domestic abuse. Within the less-than-two-minute video, Lauren hints at the shocking cause of her dishevelment, casually dropping in references such as a “jealous type of partner.” having a “rough time” lately, and being uses being “pushed into a coffee table” as the cause of her bruising. 

The advert finishes extremely suddenly when a sound from off-camera alerts Lauren to her “jealous type partners” return home; she hastily blacks out the webcam and is replaced with the statistic:

65% of women who suffer domestic violence keep it hidden. Don’t cover it up.

The message is clear.


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Calling “Cut” on Domestic Violence, Keira Knightly Supports Women’s Aid

Trigger warning: Domestic Violence.

UK-based domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid depicts the shocking horror of domestic violence, performed by academy award nominee Keira Knightly. Domestic violence continues to affect both women and men worldwide, both physically and mentally. The affects are dire and catastrophic; people in abusive relationships often feel trapped, stifled and far too insecure to leave the relationship while others are physically and psychologically threatened if they attempt to do so. The results are evident with an estimated two women a week dying as a result of an abusive relationship.

The short film, chillingly, depicts Knightly playing herself – a high-profile, world renowned actor – suffering at the hands of a jealous, abusive partner. Knightly seemingly mistakes the attack for an act, and attempts to remind him that abuse and violence is not part of the script, is not what should be happening to her or any women. The film ends with the powerful dictation:

Isn’t It Time Someone Called Cut?