Acid attack victim blogs about truth of make-up and beauty routine

British business student Resham Khan has been blogging about her make-up and beauty routine - but she is not your typical fashion blogger.
British business student Resham Khan has been blogging about her make-up and beauty routine - but she is not your typical fashion blogger.PHOTOS: RESHAM KHAN'S WEBSITE
British business student Resham Khan has been blogging about her make-up and beauty routine - but she is not your typical fashion blogger.
British business student Resham Khan has been blogging about her make-up and beauty routine - but she is not your typical fashion blogger.PHOTO: RESHAM KHAN'S WEBSITE

LONDON - British business student Resham Khan has been blogging about her make-up and beauty routine - but she is not your typical fashion blogger.

On July 21, Ms Khan, 21, suffered burns to her face and body, as well as damage to her left eye, after an acid attack.

After pictures of her celebrating Eid - a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan fasting month - spread across the media, she revealed the reality of her preparations for the pictures.

In a post last Wednesday (Sept 6), she said:"First of all I just wanted to make clear that what you see on the Internet isn't real."

She went on to explain that the images were taken after putting on a full face of make-up.

Ms Khan said she applied the make-up to the best of her ability, with an extra layer or two of foundation, along with more concealer over the more raised and pink areas.

"In terms of applying make-up, it has become so much harder. It hurts a little to apply, and I found applying eye make-up a bit of a struggle so didn't do too much."

She added that her eyebrows "grow a bit funny" since they were burnt, so she shaded them rather than attempting to shape them.

Before she took the photos, Ms Khan broke down as she was reminded of what it felt to look like her former self.

"I got those mushy emotional tears of happiness. I looked in the mirror and I felt like I looked like the old me again (of course it would have been great to of not needed the makeup to do so)."

She said that while she loved the compliments netizens showered upon her, she knows that it is not real and she cannot keep pretending to be someone she is not.

Previously, Ms Khan had blogged about her difficulties while bathing. She has to avoid certain chemicals, and steps out of the bath to wash her hair so that shampoo would not touch her damaged skin.

She was with her cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, when they were splashed by acid thrown from a car window in London.

Her cousin is still seriously injured.

John Tomlin has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. The 25-year-old is due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November.

According to the BBC, the number of acid attacks have been increasing in England, with assaults involving corrosive substances more than doubling since 2012.