Amy Elsegood is a young lady from Ripon, North Yorkshire who was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark which covers almost half of her face. Amy came to Veil Cover Cream for a camouflage cover match when she was 7 years old and said “I tried other camouflage make up, but none of them were as natural, some took longer to apply and even longer to set. With Veil Cover Cream, I can apply in minutes, it provides full coverage and it will last me all day. Even going on holiday, once I apply veil in a morning I can get in and out the pool and be protected from the sun all day. Using veil cover cream has given me confidence, and gives me a natural look.”
Today Amy does not let her birthmark get her down or hold her back. Amy recently shared her first makeup tutorial video on YouTube showing how she conceals her birthmark and applies her daily makeup, including Veil Cover Cream. Check out Amy’s tutorial below:
Moles are colour spots on the skin which are made up of cells called melanocytes which produce the skin’s colour/pigment known as melanin. Moles are often brown in colour but some can appear either skin coloured or darker. Moles can vary in size and texture with some being raised and others being flat. Sometimes people wish to conceal the appearance of moles due to personal choice. This is fine, however, moles can change in appearance as times goes on so it is best to keep an eye out for any changes. Most moles are harmless but if you notice uneven colouring, change in shape, bleeding, itching, redness or growth, be sure to consult your GP.
For those wishing to concealer a mole because of the pigmented appearance of the lesion, you will require a high coverage product. Veil Cover Cream is an excellent full coverage concealer that contains more pigment than the average high street concealer. This means that the product provides better coverage and only a small amount of cream is needed to achieve excellent results. To achieve the best possible coverage we recommend applying Veil Cover Cream in light layers to build up your desired coverage. We recommend applying in layers to minimise product wastage, provide the skin with a natural looking finish and to prevent the area from looking cakey. We also recommend setting the area using Veil Finishing Powder to maximise wear time and to give the area a soft matte, shine-free finish. One thing to keep in mind when concealing moles is that although Veil Cover Cream will conceal the pigmented appearance of moles, it will not alter the texture or raised appearance of the lesion.
Nicholas Nikiforou is a nine-year-old artist from Weston-Super-Mare. Nicholas was born with a facial birthmark called a large Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. This type of birthmark is said to be caused by an increase in pigment-producing cells. Cells then cluster together and form moles. Congenital Melanocytic Nevus is said to affect 1 in 500,000 people. Nicholas had his Congenital Melanocytic Nevus birthmark removed successfully and was first treated by Bryan Mayou at the Cadogan Clinic when he was a baby. After the procedure, Nicholas was left with scarring.
Earlier this year Nicholas beat off hundreds of entries to win the “Make Your Little Ones Art Famous” competition which was run by Kinder Chocolate. The company asked children from all around the United Kingdom to paint self-portraits with the winners being featured on their chocolate packaging. Nicholas was chosen as one of five winners and his picture now features on a wrapper. Speaking to The Weston Mercury Nicholas said: “I am very happy. The best bit of it was the painting. I really enjoyed it.” Nicholas’ mum said “Kinder said it was his creativity, good use of colour and personality that stood out. He has had an amazing journey and I was really happy to see that. We would like this achievement to raise awareness (to show) that every child is unique, every child is special. Children can achieve anything they want, regardless of what they look like.”
Melanie also praised the school that Nicholas attends saying “Locking Primary School has been fundamental in Nicholas’s confidence, self-esteem, and (helping him) overcoming certain anxieties. They have given him a platform to exceed in all aspects of his being and what he does. Not just that, but they embrace all the children, celebrating all their achievements. (Being) in a positive loving caring environment plays a big part in growing up.”
Sam Plumridge is a lady who was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark. After years of bullying, Sam feared that she would never find love. However, Sam met her now husband, Paul Plumridge. Sam told The Mirror: “If someone turned around to me five years ago and said I’d be married with two kids before I was 30, I’d have laughed. I thought because of the birthmark, everyone was going to judge me, and I wouldn’t find love but that’s not the case. In fact, on the night before our wedding, he said, ‘Promise me you’re not going to cover up your birthmark because that’s not the person I fell in love with’ so I didn’t wear any foundation at all on the day.”
Growing up Sam received cruel taunts. Recalling one occasion where an older boy came up to her in the playground with a pocket knife and threatened to cut her birthmark out, Sam said “I was absolutely terrified, I was only little at the time. From that day on, I wanted to get rid of it.” Sam then spent 15 years receiving laser treatment in a bid to remove her birthmark. Although the treatment lightened her birthmark, Sam was still bullied at school. Sam said “Primary school wasn’t too bad, but secondary school was difficult,” she said. “They never gave me a chance. From day one of year seven until the day I left, I was bullied. I would always come up with excuses to stay off so I didn’t have to face them. I noticed that when I was sick, my birthmark went darker so I would put make up on it to make it look like I was ill.”
As the years went on both Sam and her parents reported the bullying but nothing changed. As Sam grew older she began to experiment with makeup and discovered tips and tricks to hide her Port Wine Stain. She said “Going from school to college made such a difference. Nobody at college batted an eyelid or asked what had happened to my face,” she said. At that time, I was still having laser treatment. It made me realise that I needn’t put myself through that pain when nobody was even noticing. Now, I’m mature enough to accept my birthmark. I’ve learned to love it .”
A Strawberry Birthmark, also known as a Haemangioma, is a collection of blood vessels under the skin that forms a lump. There are two forms of Strawberry Birthmark. The first is a Superficial Haemangioma which is a raised red area of skin. The second is a Deep Haemangioma which is a blue coloured birthmark as the blood vessels are deeper in the skin. According to the Birthmark Support Group one in ten babies have a Haemangioma, the birthmark is more common in girls, multiple births, premature babies and low birth weight babies. Most Strawberry Birthmarks appear in the first few weeks and grow quickly between 6 and 12 months. Strawberry Birthmarks then begin the shrinking phase which can take anywhere from a year to several years. The birthmarks can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly spotted in the neck and head area followed by the trunk, arms and legs. In terms of treatment, there are a number of options. There are certain medications that can help as well as laser and surgical removal. The majority of the time Strawberry Birthmarks disappear on their own over time meaning that treatment isn’t regularly required.
Cafe Au Lait Spots are light brown coloured flat birthmarks that can vary greatly in size. Some Cafe Au Lait spots appear small whereas others appear large, they vary from person to person. Cafe Au Lait spots usually appear on the skin during birth however, they can also develop when the child is an infant. Cafe Au Lait spots develop when the cells that produce the skin’s pigment, Melanin, collect together. Cafe Au Lait spots are harmless and many children have one or two spots.
Cafe Au Lait Spots, in general, tend to be permanent with some even growing over time. When it come to treatment they do not require any as they are harmless. However, some people may seek to have Cafe Au Lait spots removed or concealed due to the appearance of the birthmarks. There is laser treatment available for removal, however, there is a risk of scarring occurring and a risk of the spots returning which makes the success of the treatment questionable. Another option is to use a concealer to hide Cafe Au Lait Spots. When using these highly pigmented concealers results aren’t permanent but the concealers are pain-free, long lasting and highly pigmented meaning that the birthmarks are virtually undetectable when wearing the makeup product.
Dean Woodford is a film producer from Salisbury who was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark on his left arm. A Port Wine Stain birthmark is a type of vascular birthmark which occurs when the blood vessels underneath the skin do not form properly. Port Wine Stain birthmarks can vary in size, appear anywhere on the body and are often flat and red or purple in colour. Most Port Wine Stains are permanent and may even deepen in colour as time goes on.
Growing up Dean endured bullying because of his birthmark and was once called “Beetroot boy” Throughout his teenage years Dean was taunted and for more than 25 years he hid his left arm. However, nowadays Dean has learned to embrace his birthmark as it makes him unique and it is part of who he is. Dean told the Mail Online “You can get all the tattoos, hair cuts and clothing you like, but you will never look as unique as me and others with a birthmark”
When Dean was 26 years old he decided to give up his job and enrolled on a film course which proved successful as this resulted in Dean getting the opportunity to work with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese. Dean said “To be standing among all the beautiful people in the film industry with my birthmark is difficult, as everyone is perfect. But it has its advantages, I stand out like a sore thumb, and people always recognise me, it’s great.”
“I am now 31, working in the film industry as a producer, alongside the likes of Martin Scorsese, Stephen Fry and Joss Stone and have two more films coming up. It really doesn’t matter what you look like, just as long as you’re confident looking like you do, as believe me, self confidence shines a hell of a lot brighter than hair extensions and fake tan.”
Annabel Jarvis is a young lady from Bristol who was born with a facial birthmark. Growing up Annabel didn’t receive any remarks or problems when growing up with her birthmark. It was only when she was 16 years old when she found people began asking her about her facial mark. It was then when Annabel found herself becoming paranoid that people were staring at her. Annabel told Cosmo “I was 19 I was ready to start afresh in a more open-minded city. So I moved to Brighton with my boyfriend.”
Once in Brighton Annabel began looking for a job as a nursery nurse. She said “I got lots of interviews but every single one turned me down, and many of them told me it was because my face. I was actually once told I couldn’t have a job because my face would scare or upset the children. We decided to move to London, hoping that it would open up more opportunities for me. I do have a minimum wage job now but the abuse hasn’t stopped. I was in a supermarket last week and two ladies approached me and told me if they had a thing on their face like mine they would never leave the house. This is a recurring problem for me. I’m not sure if people like this are trying to be supportive, but it doesn’t feel like it.”
Despite receiving nasty comments about her birthmark, much like Celina Leroy, Annabel has learned to accept her birthmark and has realised that it is beautiful, unique and a part of who she is. She said “Once you accept your differences and are happy and confident in yourself, people seem to start to see who you really are and no longer notice any initial ‘imperfections’.”
Yvette Fielding is known to many in the UK for presenting TV shows such as Blue Peter and Most Haunted. At the age of 17 Yvette became the youngest ever to present Blue Peter. Recalling a situation when working on the show Yvette told The Mirror: “The editor decided it would make a good feature for me to strip off live on camera and show everybody my patches for a feature on vitiligo. I was only 17 and so embarrassed, but we got sacks full of post from young children with skin disorders, saying I’d stopped them from being afraid to go out, so she was right.” Yvette developed the condition Vitiligo when she was 11 years old after noticing a white patch on her thumb. Yvette was already familiar with the condition as her mother also had Vitiligo. She said “My mother had vitiligo very badly and it affected her confidence – she didn’t like to go out of the house very much. I was very protective of her and I’d say to people: ‘What are you staring at?’”
Vitiligo is a condition which causes white patches to develop on the skin due to a lack of pigment. Vitiligo occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells that produce the skin’s pigment, melanin. Why this happens is not fully understood. Speaking of her condition Yvette said: “By the age of 21, my body was completely white. And I’ve lost all the pigment in my hair, my eyebrows and eyelashes – they’re completely white – so I have to dye them. It’s a pain in the neck, as I have to do it every couple of weeks. I’m not an albino, but the doctor has warned me that my eyes are more sensitive to sunlight than most people. I have special sunglasses, with antiglare, that go dark straight away. My main problem is that because I’ve lost the pigment in my skin, I get sunstroke very easily. If I go on holiday, I have to wear factor 50 sun cream, as well as sitting under a parasol and wearing long sleeves, even for swimming.”
“The strangest thing is that I can burn at any time of the year. Just a few weeks ago, I was in the field for an hour and a half tending to my horses and I had sunstroke that night and was quite poorly, I had a migraine and felt sick. I had to lie down in a dark room.I once suffered third-degree burns. I was filming a feature on water slides outdoors for Blue Peter in Somerset. I was in the water and it wasn’t sunny, yet I got so badly burned I couldn’t walk or speak or wash my hair. I had blisters and burns all over my body and was in a very bad way for quite a while.”
Despite her struggle with Vitiligo Yvette has refused to let Vitiligo stand in the way of her life and has made a successful TV career for herself.
Sam Gonçalves is a male model who has Vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition that causes white patches to develop on the skin due to a lack of pigment called Melanin. This is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells which produce Melanin. Why this occurs is not fully understood. Sam first developed Vitiligo when he was 12 years old. He told ego.globo.com “It was after my father died of cancer. As a teenager did not accept me, I thought ugly, so I got to do treatment, but the drugs are very expensive and did not give a result. Today accept me”
The male model from Sao Paulo is a fan Winnie Harlow, another model with Vitiligo who is taking the world by storm. Sam recently made his debut at fashion week. Speaking before the event he said “I am the first with vitiligo to parade in the event. I hope cause. Usually my agencies send me to work as overcoming campaigns. It’s like I’m poor just because I have spots on the body. I’m not different, if I get shot’ll bleed the same way.”