Lianne

1. If you wear makeup, why do you wear makeup and how often do you wear makeup?

I wear makeup everyday and have done since I was in secondary school. I wear it because it makes me feel more confident about myself. I don't wear a lot and the one item I can't go out not wearing is my eyeliner! My eyes feel bald without it.

2. What made you want to participate in this portrait series?

I wanted to participate because the images were beautiful and they made me want to be part of such an inspiring and confidence building project. As a Mum of 2 only 16 months apart I put them first most of the time but really want to start doing more for myself.

 

3. Is being completely makeup free something that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable?

Not wearing any makeup at all is something that will take me out of my comfort zone. It is something I have always worn since being a teenager and always found some comfort in it when not feeling great about myself. I am however looking forward to being make up free and getting over my hangups.

4. Are there specific factors (positive or negative) that have influenced how you feel about how you look?

As a teenage girl appearance seemed to be very important to me and a lot of it came down to peer pressure. I never felt like one of the pretty girls so maybe overcompensated by using makeup. I am now older and wiser and I have a wee girl to think about, I want her to feel beautiful and confident and compliment her on a daily basis. I feel as a society we don't compliment each other enough and when we do get compliments we are not good at accepting them but quick to dwell on the negative comments.

5. If there was one piece of advice for the future you could give your younger self, what would it be?

Beauty is more than skin deep, relax more, enjoy life, have more fun and receive every compliment with a positive response.

6. When have you felt most empowered in your life?

The great joy of bringing not one but two amazing wee people into this world. I felt so empowered the day I gave birth to them and every day since. I want to help them be confident, happy, fun loving individuals.

7. Is there a woman fictional or real that you admire? Why?

I admire Jessica Ennis-Hill, I have always been sporty myself and she is an inspirational athlete. A very strong lady not just physically but mentally too. A genuine person who I would love to meet.

8. What quality do you most admire in yourself?

I am a great listener and a good friend. I have had a tough couple of years with my family's poor health and as a result I have realised I am also a very strong person too.

9. Is there an achievement you are particularly proud of? Why?

Aside from giving birth to my two amazing kids. I am proud that I have done a lot of travelling, lots of extreme sports and meeting my soul mate halfway around the world. I can connect with many different people as a result of my life experience so far and love sharing stories with others.

10. In daily life what are the pressures you feel most exposed to specifically as a woman?

Up until having children I worked full time, travelled when I wanted to and really worked hard to progress up the career ladder. Things are different now, my priority is raising my children. It's a big change but now I realise how precious life is I want to spend as much time with them while they are so little. There is still an underlying pressure to have a career, raise children, and have lots of materialistic things. I think about the future a lot but I am trying to live in the present more now and just enjoy the simple things in life