Birthmark beauty launches make – up Tutorials to share impressive camouflage techniques
A beautiful woman with a birthmark covering half her face has launched make-up tutorials to share her impressive camouflage techniques.
Amy Elsegood, 24, from Ripon, North Yorkshire, was diagnosed with a birthmark on her face – commonly known as a port wine stain – shortly after birth.
The purple coloured mark has caused Amy to be bullied and despite finally feeling comfortable in her own skin, she has decided to try and help others.
After using special make-up since 11 years old to conceal her birthmark, Amy has now adopted her own techniques to make her face appear symmetrical and blemish free.
Since launching her first video on Sunday (November 6) Amy has already received dozens of supportive messages.
Amy, a dental nurse, said: “I started my first video with no make-up on at all, I wanted everyone to see my birthmark and how it looked under make-up.
“Although I’m confident enough not to wear camouflage make-up 24 hours per day, I love practising new techniques and trying out the latest make-up styles.
“There’s so many other young girls with birthmarks who don’t know about the best brands to use and I wanted to help.
“It was only two years ago that I refused to every go out not wearing make-up but then one day I just thought, ‘you were born like this, there is no reason to be ashamed,’ so I posted a no make-up selfie.
“No-one could say anything negative that I haven’t heard before.
“The reaction on Facebook was amazing, I had over 600 likes with people all over the world messaging me, it was surreal.”
It was this reaction that prompted Amy to start her make-up vlogs – so many people wanted to know how she did her make-up and what products she thought were best.
Amy added: “I had been meaning to film a video for some time but I needed a camera, light and mic in order to film my vlogs properly.
“My first video was specifically for birthmark camouflage make-up but it gave viewers an idea of my daily routine and how quick it was to apply.
“I’ve used Veil Cover Cream for my birthmark and the £19.95 tub lasts six months and can be used to cover up all sorts of blemishes.
“Some of my friends who don’t have birthmarks have now adopted my techniques to help them cover up spots.
“In my first video I have given tips about what foundations to use and avoid if you have a birthmark.
“As well advice on lip liners, eyeliners and highlighting products.”
Amy hopes to update her YouTube channel every week and will soon be filming a Charlotte Tilbury-inspired tutorial.
She added: “It took me all day on Sunday to edit my first video but I hope I’ll get quicker the more I upload.
“Make-up has always been a hobby of mine and after ditching painful laser surgery at 10 years old, I adopted my own way to make my skin appear smooth.
Despite Amy’s fantastic response to no makeup selfie and first make-up video, she has been a target to bullies throughout her life.
Amy said: “I was about four years old when I realised I was different.
“Other kids would point at me, call me ‘blob face’ and say that I was ugly.
“I even had one woman come up to me on holiday to say that I would’ve been pretty if it wasn’t for my birthmark.”
But Amy is now more confident than ever and hopes to allow others with birthmarks feel the same.
She said: “At one point in my life, I was so embarrassed by my port wine stain that I never thought anyone would accept me for who I was.
“But I’ve come a long way since then and have been with my boyfriend, Josh, for eight years, and he has given me a lot of confidence.
“I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve for the next few videos so if anyone is interested in learning new tips, especially for those who want to know more about camouflage make-up.”