The first person I approached to interview was, naturally, my mother. Whilst I am a skincare and make up enthusiast, my mom takes a far simpler approach to all things beauty. I am eternally grateful that she never taught me anything about make up or indicated that it should be used to transform you into something beautiful. I am used to seeing her tackle life bare faced, with a level of confidence that many struggle to possess without at least a few minor changes to their appearance.
What does make up mean to you?
Make up means I’m going out. It separates work me from social me, I don’t wear make up to work because I haven’t got the time.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
When I have the time to myself! You know when you’ve been to the gym and you’ve taken twenty minutes afterwards to use all your beauty products, that’s when I feel the most relaxed and beautiful.
How do you feel when you wear make up?
I feel more confident socially. I don’t use make up to feel confident at work but I do for social occasions.
What’s your earliest memory of make up?
Inside Woolworths in the eyeshadow section, just testing all the eyeshadows. I was probably about thirteen. After that my mom took me to the boots counter and I had a makeover done, it was all pinks and fuchsias and it looked lovely. She bought me the make up but I only wore it on special occasions.
Do you think that people perceive you differently based on whether you are wearing make up or not?
I think that its easy for women to feel underdressed if they are not wearing make up at particular occasions, like if you were going out for a nice meal. But generally, no. I think that people perceive me in the same way regardless.
What’s your favourite make up look and why ?
I think barely there make up with a bold lip is probably my favourite. I don’t try and change anything or cover anything up.