Makeup artist Marimar Quiroa has a large growth on her face, but it doesn't stop her from creating popular beauty tutorials on YouTube

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated August 19, 2016 01:20 PM

Marimar Quiroa is one of the many makeup artists that creates informative video beauty tutorials on YouTube. But Quiroa is different than most – she was born with cystic hygroma, a growth over her mouth.

“Before my face and head were bigger, and I went through the process of many surgeries over several years to shrink my face and mouth to what you see today,” she uses sign language to say in a video from Barcroft News. “It affects me in several ways. I cannot speak, I breathe through a hole in my throat, I eat through a tube in my stomach, and the hearing in my right ear is diminished.”

But Quiroa, 21, doesn’t let that stop her from living a full life. She’s in her first year of beauty school and works as a Zumba instructor, and makes the beauty tutorials on her YouTube page, MakeupArtistGorda66, in her spare time.

Her confidence is one of the reason the California-based blogger has racked up over 9 million views on her videos.

“When I was young I would talk to myself in the mirror,” she explains. “I would tell myself I was beautiful. I would encourage myself and list things that were good about me. That built confidence through the years. That’s how I learned to accept myself for who I am.”

And her commenters mostly echo Quiroa’s beliefs, with a few exceptions.

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“They tell me I’m beautiful and love my makeup,” she says. “I have encountered negative people, both on YouTube and out in my daily life. People tell me I look like a monkey. And people stare at me. I see them staring, I either tell them to stop or just ignore them. But if people are staring at me I stare right back and refuse to look away until they stop staring.”

Quiroa eventually hopes to become a teacher, and work with deaf students. But for now, she’s promoting self-confidence.

“To me, beauty means to accept yourself for who you are, and to ignore what other people tell you,” she says. “You show your beauty how it is, it doesn’t matter if you have a different-looking face. Accept yourself [for] who you are.”