Amy Robb, 24, regularly got up at 4.15am to put her face on before work and never let her boyfriend see her complexion ‘au naturel’ despite dating for five years.
The psychology graduate, who attempted suicide three times and was sectioned twice, admitted that ditching the slap has now changed her life.
Amy’s addiction started at the age of 13, and her constant insecurity became so bad it led to a deep depression and made her feel “unworthy and disgusting”.
But since last December, after being sectioned for the second time, Amy battled her demons and embraced the natural look.
She now feels comfortable in her own skin and appeared on today’s This Morning to demonstrate her newfound confidence.
As a self-confessed Barbie Doll, Amy also battled anorexia and even attempted suicide at the age of 17.
Speaking to Phil and Holly about her daily routine, Amy said: “It was absolutely absurd looking back on now. I was spending and hour and a half on my routine but i didn’t bat an eyelid on it.
“It really infuriated me that I was spending so much time doing it but I had to put on make up.
“It was a whole big regime to take it off as well. Honestly it was such a waste of all that time. I felt so unworthy and disgusting without it. I would avoid mirrors without having make up on.”
As she moved through her teens, 5ft 4 Amy also battled the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, and was admitted to hospital, aged 17, weighing five-and-a-half stone, after a suicide attempt.
After spending two months in south Belfast’s anorexia treatment centre, the Beechcroft unit, Amy finally managed to gain weight – reaching 6st 2lb, when she was discharged.
But her obsession with make-up continued. Starting with concealer, she would then layer on extra-thick foundation, bronzer, eye shadow, blusher, five coats of mascara and finally fake eyelashes.
Despite reaching a healthy weight of almost eight stone, Amy’s mental health remained fragile.
Still battling depression, she was hospitalised another two times – in June 2016 and then in November – following suicide attempts, before being released in December.
She said: “I was sectioned because I knew it wash the right place for me. I didn’t leave the house in months, I didn’t want to be around people. I knew I had to go away to let myself get better.”
Swapping foundation for her natural skin, and just one brush of mascara for special occasions, completely altered her outlook.
Amy, who is single, is now using her new-found confidence and the insight she has gained into her own addictions, to blog about what she has been through, in a bid to help others.
She added: “I wasn’t going out, I just wasn’t putting make-up on then. I was working on me and what I was going to do with my life. I felt more valued and I knew what I was doing with my life. I finally had a purpose with blogging.”
This Morning viewers took to Twitter to praise Amy for showing off her natural beauty.
One viewer said: “#AmyRobb is a stunning woman. I know it’s easier said than done but she doesn’t need makeup to look pretty. #ThisMorning @ThisMorning”
Another added: “She is stunning, can see her true beauty now @thismorning #ThisMorning”
A third said: “#ThisMorning That girl Amy is absolutely beautiful. Very pleased she now comfortable in her skin…Sad how some can get so affected xx”