HAPPY Mother’s Day
The parent, the enemy, the best friend, the mentor—these are some of the many ways to describe the relationship we have with our mums. As Mother’s Day approaches, Lira Jamaluddin examines her mother’s influence on her interest in beauty
My mother was a model in her early days, flying around Asia to do commercials for the likes of Malaysian Airlines, and gracing the covers of local fashion magazines. She was what you can describe as above average. So the pressure was there, and the shoes to fill were big.
I would like to think that I inherited some of my mother’s good features, a sharp button nose, big eyes and long lashes are among a few to name. The discovery of skincare and makeup came early to me when I was about age 9. My mum used to pick me up from school at 3pm then take me to the mall for an afternoon snack and stop by the departmental store beauty counters. She was always shopping for night moisturisers and eye creams, as my memory serves. I would sit there and play around with the makeup, try the texture of the creams while the beauty retail assistant explains the latest products to her.
The beauty retail assistants were always so sweet to me, and would give me travelsized samples. The first lipstick she bought for me was a sweet light pink shade from Guerlain. She also introduced me to the three-step skincare regime: facial wash, toner, moisturizer which has been instilled in me to such extremes that I cannot comprehend a 10-step beauty regime. Okay, maybe a serum and eye cream is essential at my age now—I’ll try.
She was always concerned about my teen acne problems and, every day, would remind me to wash my hands. “Don’t touch your face with your dirty hands, it will spread the pimples. Don’t pop your pimples and touch other part of your face as it will spread,” she would say. True or not, I wasn’t sure, but it did help me control my acne. As of today I don’t have any major skin concerns.
She booked me for my first facial and taught me how to apply makeup up. Till today she is an avid fan of beauty products. She uses the most luxurious skincare, takes care of her skin meticulously and never leaves the house without pressed power and lipstick. She looks so great, people think were sisters!
I never leave the house without powder or lipstick if she’s’ around, because I don’t want her to think I’ve ‘let it go’. Her ways influenced me to make sure I look presentable at all times, and apply full makeup when I have an event to attend, which is quite essential when you are in this line of work. Her comment when she sees my bare face on Sundays when I pick her and dad up for lunch?
“Lira, are you okay? You look tired and pale, put on some lipstick!”