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Maura Higgins applauded after going make up free on live TV to show 'the realness'

The Love Island star (30) admitted she felt “naked” by ditching the glam.

Maura Higgins before and after taking off her make up on Loose Women. Picture: ITV/Shutterstock

Neil Fetherston

Love Island star Maura Higgins has been praised on social media for her decision to go make-up free on an episode of Loose Women.

Maura, who shot to fame on the 2019 series of the hit ITV2 programme was the special guest on the lunchtime talk show hosted by Kaye Adams and panellists Brenda Edwards, Janet Street-Porter and Gloria Hunniford.

Maura explained why she chose to go make-up free on live TV, saying it was important “to show the natural side and the realness - we all have blemishes, we all get the odd spot now and again".

She added: “I’m thinking of the younger generation, like, all the youngsters look at these picture perfect photos on social media and they think people in the public eye, especially, are perfect.

Maura takes off her make up live on the show

“But we've got glam teams, everything, and you know, there's filters, there's everything you can use.

“I just feel like it's very important to show the natural side and, you know, the realness. Like, we all have blemishes, we all get the odd spot now and again and yes, I just feel like it's important."

She added: "At my age, like I've turned 30, I hope to have a family some day and I fear for my kids entering on social media...because kids are hard on themselves.”

However, the 30-year-old model admitted she felt “naked” by ditching the glam.

"I feel very naked right now. For me it's not ideal to go on live TV with no makeup. I feel more confident with makeup like any other girl."

Maura Higgins on Loose Women. Picture: ITV/Shutterstock

Joined by her boyfriend Chris Taylor, the model also revealed he has to take her phone away from her at times as she still struggles to avoid looking at negative comments from online bullies.

“I think we can't help but read the negative comments. I don't respond, I actually laugh," she insisted.

"But I sometimes scroll through and Chris is like why are you reading the comments. Like someone said I looked like Michael Jackson. But yeah, we can't help ourselves.”

However, she need not have worried today as the overwhelming tone of the comments left by fans was positive with many praising her for her honesty.

"Looking stunning with and without makeup,” one wrote. “A great message to send out to young impressionable girls about reality V real life.”

Another added: “Maura is a true role model she’s promoting products she uses herself and not over priced and you know she 200% honest.”

One person added: “Hate how reality stars, not going to name them with the VERY LARGE LIPS and fillers and full make up feel they need to look 'perfect'......well done Maura.”

“Really enjoyed watching Maura today, & Chris making a last-minute appearance, we need more Maura,” added another.

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