‘I’m al­ways Check­ing my re­flec­tion’

Woman (UK) - - Real Life -

San­dra Bing­ham, 37, lives in Brom­ley, South London, and works in re­tail.

i spent my teens ob­sessed with my im­age. When i had my first boyfriend at 18, he never once saw me with­out my make-up on. to­day, my de­vo­tion to my looks re­mains the same. my eye­brows are finely arched, my hair con­stantly coiffed and i have never left the house with­out make-up. it took a whole year be­fore i even let my part­ner see me to­tally barefaced.

i’m for­ever check­ing my re­flec­tion in the car or in shop win­dows. the joke at work is that i’m con­stantly ask­ing ev­ery­one, ‘Does my lip­stick look all right?’

lucy and i have two older broth­ers who are both in their late 40s, and when we all met up for a drink once, the bar­maid asked if i’d brought my mum and dad with me, re­fer­ring to lucy and one of our broth­ers. For­tu­nately we have a sense of hu­mour, but i don’t think i would have taken it nearly as well as lucy did.

i ac­cept what lucy says about my ap­pear­ance be­ing my ar­mour. i do look in the mir­ror and see a woman who isn’t in pos­ses­sion of the con­fi­dence that lucy has. my sis­ter is very happy be­cause she’s so at ease in her own skin.

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