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

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Express -

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!”

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