From Mother To Daughter: Beauty Tips Marion Caunter And Mum Tiong Min Chor Exchanged In #LoveLaMer
Marion, what are some of the beauty tips that your mum has shared with you?
"I think my mum has taught me, most importantly in life, inner beauty. I would like to think that I am this strong, independent, feisty person because of my mum. She taught me to feel good about myself from within, be confident with who I am, to take on challenges, and not to get too stressed about the little things. She’s always reminding my sisters and me to not sweat the small stuff – to just take it on! – and to be our own person. I think that is the biggest beauty tip that my mum has passed down to me."
And Min, what has Marion taught you in return, with regards to beauty?
"I’m not as vain as my daughters! [laughs] And you know, in the past, I would usually go to bed without taking off my makeup. And Marion would tell me, 'Mum, that’s a big no-no, you’ve got to clean your face!' So now, I do it consistently. That’s the biggest tip they’ve given me. Oh, they also advise me to keep fit at my age. Marion is a very very good daughter; she sent me to a gym class with a trainer. I go twice a week, and I’m quite toned now, I think! [laughs]."
"I would usually go to bed without taking off my makeup. And Marion would tell me, 'Mum, that’s a big no-no, you’ve got to clean your face!'"
– Min Caunter
What’s that one thing you have in common with your mum when it comes to beauty routines?
Marion: "I only recently started going for regular facials. I don’t think my mum has ever done facials at all! Until she was about 50, I told her she cannot sleep with makeup, and that she needed to use creams on her face before going to bed."
"I told her she cannot sleep with makeup, and that she needed to use creams on her face before going to bed."
– Marion Caunter
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Min Chor: "One thing that we have in common is that I always tell them to dress up properly whenever they go out. You don’t know who you’re going to meet – even at the wet market! I used to be a teacher, and when some of my students see me out in public, I wouldn’t want them to say, “Oh teacher, yesterday I saw you and you were so badly dressed!” No way. So I always make sure we dress up properly."
Marion: "Absolutely 100% agree that that was what I wanted to answer to that question. My memory of my mum when I was growing up was that she was always presentable when she left the house. And it didn’t matter where she was going: the grocery store down the street – or anywhere, really – there was always a little bit of lipstick, hair would be done up and she would have proper clothes on. And that’s my image of my mum, always.
"She was a teacher, so I knew it was about meeting students at unexpected moments and not looking like a mess (a hot mess)! So that’s me now … I’m always so presentable, and I could be flying off at an ungodly hour and be meeting friends and they’d ask, “How do you look like this?"
I'd say that it honestly took me all of 5 minutes to look like this. I don’t spend too much time on hair and makeup. However, you could always make time to make yourself look presentable. I tell these to young girls: You never know who you’re going to meet. It could be your future husband, your future employer, and you would honestly leave an impression if you look good! You don’t have to look dolled up to perfection … you just have to look decent."
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"I always tell them to dress up properly whenever they go out. You don’t know who you’re going to meet – even at the wet market!"
– Min Caunter
Beauty is …
Marion: "Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin. Accepting your flaws, your weaknesses… and being okay with the fact that you have all these flaws and weaknesses. Once you’re okay with that, you can then start working on yourself. That, to me, is beauty."
Min Chor: "Beauty is being yourself. My children can’t believe how confident I am, you know? I could be with anyone and I would still be myself. I would laugh, joke and say whatever I want. Not something ridiculous, of course, but I’d still be myself!"
"Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin."
– Marion Caunter
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Location: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur
Videography: Dean Shaari, assisted by Khairul Imran
Photography: Kim Mun/Hopscotch Photography
Creative Direction: Syahlia Albina Sari
Styling: Andrea Kee
Makeup: Joey Yap
Hair: Cody Chua
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