By Niamh Shackleton
A university student highlights her facial birthmark with make-up every day in a bid to hit back at critics.
Tasha Siara, 21, from Melbourne, Australia, hated her birthmark during her school years and would use her hair to hide it.
But after spotting other beauty bloggers with imperfections online, Tasha has since decided to embrace the port wine stain on her face.
The psychology student – who has had to deal with harsh comments such as being called ‘Two Face’ from Batman because of her birthmark – now draws attention to the pigmentation on the left side of her face thanks to her make-up techniques.
She has since decided to film her daily make-up routine – which shows Tasha highlighting her birthmark once the rest of her make-up is complete – in a bid to raise awareness and break down the stigma attached to those with birthmarks.
Tasha said: “When I was younger, people used to call me a ‘two faced Batman’ – I tried not to let it bother me too much but I was always very self conscious of it.
“When I started getting more in to makeup and I saw people on social media online actually highlighting their birthmarks and it encouraged me to do so too.
“I saw them and thought how I’d like to try it, so I did, and I’ve had some really nice comments afterwards.
“Highlighting it like I do has actually made me feel so much better – I think because I spent a long time covering it with my hair, it feels refreshing to not just have it out but be like yes this is a part of me.”
Whilst at high school, Tasha was given special permission at school to be allowed to wear her hair down, despite the school having strict rules about girls having to have their hair tied up.
But in the wake of her new found confidence, Tasha now loves to show off her unique birthmark.
She said: “I” often do the right side of my face first, and then I’ll add something to my birthmark.
“I often outline it or add glitter or metallic eye shadow to the top of it or sometimes just use a pink highlighter on my birthmark side and a silvery one on the other side.
“I’ve had some really nice comments from family, friends and people online too – I quite often get other people with birthmarks message me asking for make up advice.
“It’s amazing to be able to have the confidence to just be myself and show others they can do it too.”