An aspiring makeup artist among the dead in the Ukrainian town of Bucha has been identified when her unique manicure was recognized in a devastating photo.

A 52-year-old aspiring makeup artist among the dead in the Ukrainian town of Bucha has been identified when her unique manicure was recognized in a devastating image of carnage.

Iryna Filkina’s left hand – adorned with a pink and purple heart on her ring fingernail – made headlines over the weekend when it was captured by a Reuters photographer lying lifeless on the ground amid the chaos of Bucha.

The mother and heating station operator was apparently shot dead by Russian forces while riding her bicycle, New York Post reported.

Anastasiia Subacheva, a makeup artist from nearby Gostomel, told The New York Times that she immediately recognized the hand.

“When I saw it, I felt like my heart was starting to break,” she said.

Subacheva, who has worked in and around Bucha for five years, told the newspaper that Filkina contacted her in February asking for lessons.

Filkina wanted her help to become fashionable, recalls Subacheva.

During their interviews, Subacheva said that Filkina told him: “I finally understood the most important thing: you have to love yourself and live for yourself. Finally, I will live as I want.

In a grief-stricken Instagram post, Filkina’s daughter Olha Shchyruk mourned her mother.

“Today is exactly one month from the day my mother no longer writes to me: how is my mother’s mouse?” she wrote.

“And all I can do is cry,” she said. “She was shot in the middle of the street, less than 15 minutes away…a bullet the size of my finger.”

Shchyruk, who fled Bucha after the war began, told the newspaper that she heard last month that her mother had been shot while riding her bicycle. But unable to reach anyone, she had held out hope that Filkina was alive.

“I understand that was not possible, as she had not been in contact for a month,” she told the newspaper. “But a child will always wait for its mother.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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