Lauren Luke

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Lauren Luke
Born (1981-12-08) 8 December 1981 (age 36)
South Shields
Nationality English
Other names Panacea81
Years active 2007–present
Known for Make up artist
Internet information
Web alias(es) Panacea81
Signature phrase "Hia everyone!"
"Zoom, Zoom!"

Lauren Luke (born 8 December 1981) is a make-up artist known as Panacea81 online who attended her local college to study to become a beautician. She creates makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, Panacea81, which has over 135 million views and over 539,000 subscribers.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Luke was born in South Shields in the North-East of England in 1981. She has two younger twin sisters, Rachel and Mikayla – fourteen years her junior – and younger sister Helen – two years her junior.


Lauren Luke's video tutorials show viewers how to apply makeup to recreate various looks, including celebrity-inspired looks.[3] Her YouTube channel, Panacea81, has 135 million views and over 539,000 subscribers since her first upload on 22 July 2007.[1][2] Luke chose the alias Panacea81 by pairing the Greek Goddess's name Panacea with her birthday year, 1981. Luke is a YouTube site partner and is one of the most subscribed YouTube users in the UK.[4] She has done eye makeup looks inspired by celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Amy Lee, Leona Lewis, and more.

In November 2008, Luke was featured in a BBC documentary called Inside Out.[5] The Guardian then recruited Luke to write a weekly beauty column in January 2009, which she still updates weekly.[6] In March 2009, a second, more in-depth documentary about Lauren and her life aired as part of a documentary series titled Natalie Cassidy's Real Britain, on BBC Three.[7][8]

In October 2009, Luke introduced the launch of her book on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour[9] and Channel 4's The Paul O'Grady Show.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Luke lives at home in South Shields, UK, with her partner and her son Jordan. She has spoken out about having been bullied when she was younger over her looks and weight.[11]

Professional growth[edit]

On 27 April 2009, Luke launched a proprietary signature cosmetics line called By Lauren Luke. Sephora launched the line in 135 stores across the USA and Canada on 21 September 2009.[12] 1 October 2009, Hodder & Stoughton released Luke's book, "Looks By Lauren Luke," in the UK.[13] In November 2009, Luke is to be featured as an avatar in the Nintendo DS game Supermodel Makeover By Lauren Luke.[14]


In July 2012, Luke teamed with Refuge, a UK-based advocacy group, to produce a video as part of their 'Don't Cover It Up' campaign[15] to encourage women who have been victims of domestic violence to report incidents.[16] The video depicts Luke starting out in the usual tutorial manner, however she is depicted using foundation to cover up bruises from an implied beating. While Luke was already well known in the UK, the video was promoted by the National Organization for Women in the United States, and reported on internationally.[17][18] Luke noted that, "The bruising on my face for the video wasn't real, but my emotions in that video were. I had a bad experience in the past with a previous boyfriend. He never physically hurt me but I did sometimes fear what would happen next if I said the wrong thing. He could be overprotective and embarrass me in front of my work colleagues or friends because of his aggressive behavior. Sometimes it was like living with a volcano which could erupt at any second—I felt I was walking on egg shells just to keep him from exploding and smashing something across the room."[19]


  • June 2010: Lauren Luke becomes a beauty trends and tips blogger for Glamour UK's blog.[20]
  • March 2010: Allure, "The Influencers: Lauren Luke, The Makeup Mentor." Lauren Luke named most influential makeup mentor in Allure's 2010 influencer's issue.[21]
  • 11 December 2009: Woman's Wear Daily, "The 7th Annual WWD Beauty Biz Awards." Lauren Luke named Beauty's Best Newcomer of 2009[22]
  • 9 January 2009: The Guardian, "Lauren Luke: ‘Just Steady Your Little Finger and Practise.’” By Esther Addley.[23]
  • 28 February 2009:, "The Self-Made Makeup Maven of YouTube." By Eleanor Tuohy.[24]
  • 31 July 2009: Vanity Fair Daily's Society & Style, "Lauren Luke's Makeup Palettes."[25]
  • 6 August 2009: New York Times – Thursday Style Section, "An Every Woman as Beauty Queen." By Ruth la Ferla.[26]
  • 18 August 2009: Women's Wear Daily, "A New Kind of Celebrity: YouTube Stars Evolve Into Brands.” By Rachel Brown and contributions from Anne Riley-Katz.[27]
  • September 2009: Time, "Women in Fashion: The Female Economy.” By Marion Hume.[28]
  • 18 September 2009: 'Allure' Daily Beauty Reporter Blog, "YouTube Star's New Makeup Line." By Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig[29]


  1. ^ a b YouTube – Broadcast Yourself
  2. ^ a b YouTube – Broadcast Yourself
  3. ^ YouTube – Broadcast Yourself
  4. ^ Leonie Cooper on YouTube's amateur instruction videos | Media | The Guardian
  5. ^ YouTube – panacea81 (Lauren Luke) feature on Inside Out – BBC One
  6. ^ The look: Lauren Luke's makeup tutorials | Life and style |
  7. ^ BBC – BBC Three Programmes – Natalie Cassidy's Real Britain, Episode 1
  8. ^ YouTube – Lauren Luke Does Natalie's Make-up – Natalie Cassidy's Real Britain – BBC Three
  9. ^ BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Woman's Hour, 01/10/2009
  10. ^ Make-up guru Lauren is brought to book – Shields Gazette
  11. ^ Letter from Lauren Luke Archived 16 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Beauty And The Blog: Get Your Hands On Lauren Luke's Blog-tastic Palettes – Now Available At Sephora Stores! Archived 21 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ > Our Books > Lauren Luke
  14. ^ Supermodel Makeover by Lauren Luke (Nintendo DS): PC & Video Games
  15. ^ Lauren Luke – Don't cover it up campaign
  16. ^ Lauren Luke, YouTube Makeup Star, Featured In Domestic Violence PSA
  17. ^ Domestic Violence PSA Urges Women to Speak Up, Not Cover Up
  18. ^ Charity video about how to look your best after a beating makes for disturbing viewing
  19. ^ Ad of the Day: Refuge – Lauren Luke covers up cuts and bruises in BBH's well-placed domestic-violence PSA
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  22. ^ [2]
  23. ^ Lauren Luke: the makeup amateur turned YouTube phenomenon. The Guardian
  24. ^ Make-Up Mom A YouTube Sensation – The Early Show – CBS News
  25. ^ Lauren Luke's New Makeup Palettes. SunHee Grinnell, Vanity Fair Archived 4 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
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  27. ^ A New Kind of Celebrity: YouTube Stars Evolve Into Brands. Women's Wear Daily
  28. ^ Donna Karan and the Fashion of Health Care. Time
  29. ^ YouTube Star's New Makeup Line: Daily Beauty Reporter. Allure

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