There’s nothing like a global pandemic to bring us all together with a shared deep hate for the first year of the new decade. There we were on December 31st, 2019, thinking about all of the wonderful things we had planned for 2020 – weddings, trips overseas, anniversaries, moving city – all for them to be crumpled up, tossed in the bin and lit on fire. 

If ever there was a perfect example of our expectations for 2020 vs the reality of it, it’s that of Elle Fanning’s light pink eyeshadow, which upon closer inspection is actually… eczema. 

The actress, who stars in Hulu’s brilliant period drama The Great, posted three cute selfies from her bedroom on Instagram showing her bare face with what looks at first glance to be matte eyeshadow. “Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜” she wrote underneath the images, confirming she’s actually dealing with a localized eczema flare-up. 

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Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜

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Fanning’s relatable post has already received over 700,000 likes, with her fans praising her for sharing her real, unfiltered skin online. “💗Thank you for posting this! I struggle with eczema and it hurts my self esteem. It’s so refreshing seeing public figures without the filters and makeup to show that we are all human 💗, one person wrote, while another put simply, “Yes eczema princess!”

A couple of famous faces also popped by to share that they too suffer from skin problems. “I feel seen,” wrote The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actress Rachel Brosnahan, while stylist Karla Welch noted that her melasma doubles as blush. Fanning replied to Brosnahan writing, “I’m the itchiest person in the world ahahhaha.” 

Eczema – also known as atopic dermatitis – is genetic and manifests as dry, itchy skin, red or brownish-gray patches, small bumps, or sensitive skin. Flare-ups can be triggered by things like soaps, dust, and pollen. On the eyelids particularly, where Fanning has hers, eczema can be caused by a reaction to a makeup or skincare product. 

Less FaceTune and more Fanning.

thoughts?