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
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.