Four celebs on losing the make-up for the cameras

Four celebs take up our challenge and remove their make-up for the cameras. They tell Arlene Harris what they see in the mirror.

Four celebs on losing the make-up for the cameras

FAMOUS women, from Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow to Holly Willoughby and Kelly Brook, are appearing in public without make-up or posting pictures of themselves, sans slap, on social-media sites.

For most of us, a little bit of lippy boosts confidence, but some women wouldn’t be seen outside their front door without perfectly applied foundation, smoky eyes and sultry lips.

Why are we so reliant on cosmetics?

We asked four well-known ‘faces’ to tell us about their make-up routine and to reveal their true looks.

ALISON CANANVAN

Alison is a model, TV presenter, and mother. She says while she regularly goes out without make-up, there are certain products she can’t do without.

Q: Why do you wear make-up?

Because I believe it makes me feel better. But, I think, if you don’t feel good on the inside it shows on the outside.

Q: What make-up do you use?

I use Armani foundation, or Inglot, Touch Éclat concealer, Clarins 3-dot black eyeliner, and Rimmel Accelerator endless lash and buff lip-gloss

Q: Does wearing make-up improve your confidence?

Of course it does, especially if you feel tired, but less is more. There’s no need to hide under make-up. You should use it to highlight your positives.

Q: Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?

Yes, all the time.

Q: What do you see when you look in the mirror, after taking off your make-up?

A: very tired mother, who needs her bed.

Q. Now that you’ve gone bare-faced in front of the camera, do you think you’d try it again?

I’ll let you know on that one.

* www.alisoncanavan.com

JULIE FEENEY

Julie Feeney is a composer, singer and producer. She loves wearing make-up but enjoys the feel of ‘clean’ skin when she’s not in the limelight.

Q: Why do you wear make-up?

I love wearing makeup and also not wearing make-up. I like the freedom of doing both. For performance on stage, make-up is important for the theatricality of my shows, so that my facial expressions can be seen.

For day-to-day activities, I love not wearing make-up and leaving my skin breathe.

Q: What make-up do you use?

I use Brown Sugar products and I like to wear a little concealer, eye-liner and lip-balm. Mascara I wear because I have very long lashes, but they are not very dark. I love wearing big lashes on stage, but, usually, I will either go for very made-up eyes or bright lipstick, but I wouldn’t always wear both together.

Q: Does wearing make-up improve your confidence?

Sometimes, yes, but I really love the confidence you feel when not wearing make-up. It’s sort of cleansing.

Q: Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?

Definitely — it is important to be make-up free, from time to time. But I would never perform, do an interview, or work without make-up. This is the first time ever.

Q: What do you see when you look in the mirror, after taking off your make-up?

Just myself — because wearing make-up, it is just another version of me, in a different context.

Q: Now that you’ve gone bare-faced in front of the camera, do you think you’d try it again?

It would depend on the piece or on the project, if it made sense to me at the time.

*Julie Feeney is performing in Christ Church Cork on Dec 14 at 8pm. For more information, visit www.juliefeeney.com.

SONYA LENNON

Sonya is a TV presenter, fashion stylist and designer. She says that less is definitely more with make-up.

Q: Why do you wear make-up?

I wear make-up simply because I love it. I’m not heavy-handed with it, but I feel empowered by it, particularly lipstick. I also love the ritual of putting it on and, because I am fair, I feel I need a little dash of colour — so I enjoy it for psychological and practical reasons.

Q: What make-up do you use?

I use a liquid foundation, Armani Maestro, and sometimes a primer. I always wear mascara, and definitely lipstick — Armani Maestro matte lip gloss. I choose the colour depending on my mood and I have been known to have up to 17 lipsticks in my bag. I would also use a subtle eye-shadow, a little blush — Nars Blush in Orgasm — and a fine powder, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder.

Q: Does wearing make-up improve your confidence?

Definitely. I think it’s like a psychological cushion, which boosts me when I need a lift — sometimes, it’s just a little dash of something, which is all I need for some extra confidence.

Q: Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?

Rarely. Even on weekends, when my face is bare, I will always put on a bit of lipstick. Without it, I don’t feel right. In the same way, I would never wear a tracksuit — it’s just not who I am.

Q: What do you see when you look in the mirror, after taking off your make-up?

I don’t mind what I see without my make-up, as I’m lucky to have good skin — so, really, there isn’t a huge change when I am bare-faced.

Q: Now that you’ve gone in front of the camera, do you think you’d try it again?

It depends on what the photos look like.

*Lennon Courtney Studio is now open on 46 Drury Street, Dublin. For more information, see www.lennoncourtney.com and www.sonyalennon.com.

JENNIFER MAGUIRE

TV presenter and budding actress, Jennifer Maguire, loves wearing make-up and is always surprised at what she looks like when she takes it off.

Q: Why do you wear make-up?

I have a great face for make-up, or so I’m told. Not sure if it’s just the polite way of make-up artists saying you’re a minger without your slap, but I always take it as a compliment, as I love wearing it. It gives me a better complexion, fuller lashes and I don’t look like I have been just dug up.

Q: What make-up do you use?

I love MAC, for lipsticks. I wear a foundation stick, from Bobbie Brown, and Great Lash mascara, by Maybelline, which is by far the best.

Q: Does wearing make-up improve your confidence?

Absolutely — I feel naked without it.

Q. Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?

The only time I don’t wear it is in the gym, or on holiday. Let’s just say I have never been chatted up in either location.

Q: What do you see when you look in the mirror, after taking off your make-up?

A: paler, frecklier version of myself. I always get shocked when I look in the mirror, because, in my head, I’m much better-looking .

Q: Now that you’ve gone bare-faced in front of the camera, do you think you’d try it again?

Nope.

* Jennifer makes her stage debut, as Marion, in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from Oct 15-26.

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