Maura Higgins admits she feels naked as she goes make-up free on Loose Women to encourage fans to 'embrace blemishes'

MAURA Higgins admits she "felt naked" after going make-up free on Loose Women to encourage fans to "embrace their blemishes".

The Love Island star, 30, bravely stripped back her usual glam look as she talked about the importance of showing "realness" on social media.

But she admits it was hard to show off her natural beauty on live TV.

"I feel really naked," laughed Maura.

"It's not ideal to go on live TV with no make-up, like any other girl you feel more confident with make-up."

But explaining why she bravely took the plunge, Maura said: "All the youngsters look at these picture perfect photos on social media and think people in the public eye are perfect, but we have glam teams, filters.

"It's very important to show the natural side and the realness. We all have blemishes, we all get the odd spot now and again.

"I turned 30 and hope to have a family someday. I fear for my kids entering social media because kids are hard on themselves."

Last month Maura shared a rare photo of what she looks like without make-up, fake tan and Instagram filters for a bare-faced snap.

Maura, 30, said she wanted to encourage honesty, confidence, and real life on Instagram, which can be saturated with manipulated photos from reality stars.

In the snap, the Irish beauty rested her head on her hand as her hair fell straight around her face.

She captioned the shot: "RAW … like many of us, there are so many times I stop to read the nasty comments in my DM’s or online & every single time I can’t help but think of the younger generation stepping on the social media bandwagon!

"Us women especially get criticised day in and day out about our body’s, hair, makeup, skin…I could go on forever.

"I am very lucky to be confident inside & out and I want to empower woman to do the same. We don’t need to use filters or apps, being yourself is more than enough although a minority of the online community sometimes try and convince us otherwise.

"Everyone preaches to be kind to others when really we need to also preach how important it is to be kind to ourselves; be comfortable and proud in your own skin ❤️"

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