As some of Ire­land’s most beau­ti­ful mod­els pose with­out make-up, Li­adan Hynes asks them to re­flect on what they see when they look in the mir­ror with­out their slap on. Their an­swers re­veal the vary­ing lev­els of self-con­fi­dence and in­se­cu­rity that even pro

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - PURE BEAUTY -

ROZANNA PUR­CELL, model and celebrity bain­is­teoir, 22

I sup­pose I see the per­son I’m used to all my life. You know, I see the freck­les and I’ve a lit­tle scar un­der my eye. I am only just 22. When I am done up and all glam­orous, my house­mate says, ‘Roz, you’re like Clark Kent.’ Be­cause at home I wear big geek glasses, I never wear make-up at home and my hair is all tossed up. And then I’m off to work and I have loads of, like, smoky eye, and I’m off in my heels. So I guess I kind of see the per­son I’m used to. The girl from Tip­per­ary. And it’s nice.

I love not wear­ing make-up. But at the same time, I feel a lit­tle bit more in­se­cure when I’m not wear­ing make-up. I think if I did see some­one I knew walk­ing down the street and I’d no make-up on, I’d prob­a­bly cross the road. [ Laughs.] Which is em­bar­rass­ing to say, I know, but it’s true. I sup­pose in the in­dus­try that we’re in, make-up plays such a huge part of it. And the cam­era shows up ev­ery lit­tle flaw, so you’re so aware of your flaws, and that when you don’t have make-up on they’re in­ten­si­fied.

Grow­ing up, I’d two older sis­ters, so they used to al­ways play dress-up with me. So I sup­pose I was used to make-up be­ing around. But when did I re­ally start wear­ing it? I’d say 16. Wear­ing it prop­erly? Last year. [Laughs.] I wasn’t al­lowed wear it in school, but my prin­ci­pal would prob­a­bly say I wore it the whole time. I was more of a divil for fake tan grow­ing up, I guess. And mas­cara. I wasn’t that re­ally into foun­da­tion.

I re­mem­ber some­one telling me that if you start us­ing the re­ally ex­pen­sive prod­ucts and stuff too young, your skin will prob­a­bly be­come reliant on it. So I’d only ever use prod­ucts for young skin. Like, I make sure I take off my make-up ev­ery night. Re­gard­less if I’m so tired or what­ever, I have to have it off. And I just use rose­hip oil, by Tril­ogy. I’d use that, then once ev­ery three months I get mi­cro­der­mabra­sion done. It’s like a lit­tle wand, and it sucks out ev­ery­thing out of your skin.

Even if I wasn’t a model, I’d be wor­ry­ing about my skin get­ting older. My mum’s not a model, my sis­ters aren’t mod­els, and they’re, like, ‘Can you see wrin­kles?’ I think it’s just part of be­ing a woman. I look at my mum and I’m, like, ‘Phew’, be­cause my mum doesn’t have a wrinkle. Fin­gers crossed I have her genes.

Would I con­sider Bo­tox or plas­tic surgery? Yeah, when I’m older, I’m one of those peo­ple who never say never. I see the ben­e­fit of it. You do see peo­ple who have gone too ex­treme, but, as well, you see peo­ple who have be­come so much more con­fi­dent be­cause of it. I’d be open to it.

It doesn’t bother me that peo­ple say I’ve got my lips done if they don’t know me. But if some­one said it that I went to school with, I’d be like, ‘I was slagged in school for hav­ing a trout mouth, so why are you ques­tion­ing me now?’ Af­ter Miss Uni­verse, it kind of was pre­sumed that I must have had some­thing done. It doesn’t re­ally bother me. I sup­pose I’m just kind of used to it.

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