Women bullied over birthmark never let fiancé see her without makeup

Woman with a port wine stain that covers half her face reveals her fiancé has NEVER seen her without make-up in five years – and she even reapplies foundation to go to bed

  • Emily Hallett, 33, from Leatherhead Surrey, was bullied over birthmark as a child
  • Has spent her entire adult life hiding it with thick foundation, even in bed
  • Boyfriend has never seen her without make-up and they don’t talk about it 
  • Set up a GoFundMe page for laser treatment costing £600 a session 

A women who was so badly bullied as a youngster over the birthmark on her face she admits her fiancé has never seen her without make-up – and she even puts it on to go to bed.

Emily Hallett, from Leatherhead in Surrey, was born with the birth mark that covers almost half of her face and has spent her entire adult life hiding it with thick foundation.

The 33-year-old is so self-conscious that she refuses to let her fiancé, Adam, 33, see her without make-up and in a bid to hide it, she even wears foundation to bed.

Emily makes sure to wake up before Adam, who she’s been in a relationship with for five years, to cover the mark with foundation and then reapplies it after a shower in the evenings.

At school, the mum-of-three was taunted so badly by bullies, who said she looked like her face had been burnt, that she was transferred to a boarding school.

The ordeal so badly affected her that even now she admits that her birthmark is constantly on her mind and if she sees men looking at her she will think it’s because of the mark rather than because they are attracted to her.

Emily Hallett, 33, from Leatherhead in Surrey, was so badly bullied as a youngster over the birthmark on her face she admits her fiancé has NEVER seen her without make-up

Emily said: ‘My partner hasn’t seen me without make-up. He knows it’s there because you can still see it with make-up. I hate it, I think it’s disgusting.

‘I don’t take my make-up off and I top it up constantly throughout the day. When I shower in the evenings, I put it back on before I go to bed. I get up first to do my make-up in the morning but if Adam is having a lie in, I go downstairs to do it.

‘When we met, I felt like I had competition and I wanted him to be attracted to me. I told him I didn’t like talking about my birthmark and I gave him firm rules about it and he’s accepted that and we don’t talk about it. It’s not part of me.’

Port wine stains occur when small blood vessels called capillaries become overly dilated and turn the skin a reddish colour.

The 33-year-old is so self-conscious of the blemish that she refuses to let her fiancé, Adam, 33, see her without make-up and in a bid to hide it, she even wears foundation to bed

Emily, pictured as a child, was so badly bullied over the birthmark that she had to move to a boarding school when she was around eight or nine-years-old 

The childminder says she was bullied so badly that she was moved to a boarding school in year four where she still struggled to make friends because of her lack of confidence.

Emily said: ‘It bothered me when I was young. I hated the school that I was in.

‘They would say anything, my mum said they’d laugh, stare and call me names. They’d call me burn face. It was mainly the boys. I was quite affected by it.

‘I didn’t have a lot of friends, I just went with anyone who took to me. I didn’t want to talk to people because I didn’t know what people thought. 

‘My mum would tell me I had a back bone and to ignore it. I just kept myself to myself.’

The ordeal so badly affected her that even now she admits that her birthmark is constantly on her mind and if she sees men looking at her she will think it’s because of the mark rather than because they are attracted to her

Emily, pictured as a child, when she was taunted badly by bullies, who said she looked like her face had been burnt

Emily, pictured when she was younger, started wearing make-up when she met her first boyfriend at the age of 18 after worrying she’d never find love

Emily started wearing make-up when she met her first boyfriend at the age of 18 after worrying she’d never find love.

She says that despite her efforts to cover the birthmark, she still gets comments from strangers who ask her if she’s been burnt.

Emily said: ‘I didn’t find make-up until I was 18. I wish I’d ask my GP for advice on make-up. I started working at a pub and met a man who was interested in me.

‘I never thought I’d find anyone. It made me more confident when I found make-up because I could cover it up. I’ve hidden it ever since.

Emily said: ‘My partner hasn’t seen me without make-up. He knows it’s there because you can still see it with make-up. I hate it, I think it’s disgusting

Emily makes sure to wake up before Adam, who she’s been in a relationship with for five years, to cover the mark with foundation and then reapplies it after a shower in the evenings

Port wine stains occur when small blood vessels called capillaries become overly dilated and turn the skin a reddish colour. Emily (pictured as a baby) was born with the birthmark covering half of her face 

Emily, pictured as a child, said: ‘It bothered me when I was young. I hated the school that I was in’

‘I get random people saying that it’s an awful burn or asking what I’ve done to my face. Sometimes I’ll see a man looking at me and think it’s because he finds me attractive then I realise it’s probably the birthmark.’

Emily had laser treatment between the aged of six months to 14 to help reduce the colouring and stop the birthmark from growing or becoming raised.

Emily has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for a further eight treatments, costing £600 each, as the NHS class the procedure as cosmetic.

Emily had laser treatment between the aged of six months to 14 to help reduce the colouring and stop the birthmark from growing or becoming raised

Emily said: ‘They would say anything, my mum said they’d laugh, stare and call me names. They’d call me burn face. It was mainly the boys. I was quite affected by it’

WHAT IS A PORT WINE STAIN? 

A port wine stain is a birthmark caused by the overdevelopment of blood vessels underneath the skin. 

The change in the blood vessels is caused by a genetic mutation which occurs before a child is born, and will remain for the rest of a person’s life – though the severity of them differs between people.

Port wine stains begin as a flat red or purple mark and, over time, can become more raised, bulkier and darker in colour. 

They can occur anywhere on the body but 65 per cent of them appear on a person’s head or neck.

Around three in every 1,000 babies has a port wine stain and they are more common in girls than in boys, though the reason for this is not known.

Treatment usually involves laser treatment to remove some of the dark colour from the mark, or camouflaging the discolouring using a special type of make-up.

Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital 

Emily said: ‘Last year my daughter showed me a filter on Tik Tok which shows you yourself from how other people see you and I was mortified.

‘I looked so ugly and my face looked so wonky. And when I put my mascara on, it rubs on my cheek so I know it’s raising.

‘It’s grown with age and it’s a lot darker. It gets darker depending on the time of year and hormones. The colour changes, it goes from purple to pink. It’s all I think about and it’s constantly on my mind.

‘The laser treatment just decreases it and stops it from going lumpy or raised which is my biggest fear. Menopause can change it. It should help the colouring as well.’

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She says that despite her efforts to cover the birthmark, she still gets comments from strangers who ask her if she’s been burnt

The childminder says she was bullied so badly that she was moved to a boarding school in year four where she still struggled to make friends because of her lack of confidence

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