My mother, the beauty guru

My mother, the beauty guru
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What's it like living with one? Jaclyn Gunasilan talks to three mother-daughter pairs and finds out that it involves getting advice like eating pork trotters (for fab skin) and wearing a good bra (so you look sexier).

Mary Chia, 65, executive chairman of Mary Chia Holdings Limited

Wendy Ho, 43, chief executive officer of Mary Chia Holdings Limited

Mary Chia

Have you ever disapproved of any of your daughter's beauty choices?

"Growing up, Wendy wasn't conscious about her appearance or dressing, and I was bothered by that. I was also bugged when she put on weight after her pregnancy - I constantly nagged her to go for slimming treatments at our outlets and I kept a careful eye on her meal choices. Since then, she has maintained her weight and figure well. That's so important, given the nature of our business. It is about walking the talk."

Have you learnt any beauty tips from your daughter?

"Not really. I've always been an independent person and I'm more adventurous than Wendy when it comes to trying new beauty products and treatments."

You can't stand your daughter's...

"Sleeping habits - she sleeps so late! It can take a toll on her health and cause nasty dark circles to appear as well."

Wendy Ho

What's the best beauty advice your mother has given you?

"There are no ugly women in this world, only women who don't pay enough attention to themselves. I learnt that a woman must set aside time to love herself."

What's the strangest thing your mother has told you?

"Black vinegar pork trotters are great for the skin. She says that this dish is high in collagen and good for maintaining skin suppleness. However, the dish itself can be rather oily, which is ironic, considering that we're in the business of weight management. Still, it is too tempting to resist - my mum is a fantastic cook! - so I often have multiple servings. I just tell myself that the collagen in the pork trotters is a treat for my skin."

Would you say your attitude towards beauty is similar to your mother's?

"We have slight differences in our diet. I like to eat lots of vegetables and take daily beauty nutritional supplements for healthylooking skin, while my mum prefers bird's nest soup."

Maggie Tan, 39, manager of iBeauty Medispa
Mary Tan, 60, director of iBeauty Medispa

Mary Tan

Have you ever disapproved of any of your daughter's beauty choices?

"Yes. I like the au naturel look, so I'd prefer it if my daughter wore less makeup or even none at all. I think this would lead to fewer clogged pores and better skin."

Have you learnt any beauty tips from your daughter?

"She taught me a natural and effective way to exfoliate: mix almond powder with honey. It is a simple and cheap method, and it doesn't irritate the skin."

You can't stand your daughter's...

"Makeup routine - I think she spends too much time applying makeup! I'd much rather she eat more healthy food (instead of piling on makeup) to get that natural glow. She also has a vast collection of makeup tools, which truly amazes me - I prefer to apply everything with my fingers."

Maggie Tan

What's the best beauty advice your mother has given you?

"Wear a well-fitting bra. A bra with proper support can make your figure appear more proportionate and voluptuous."

What's the strangest thing your mother has told you?

"She encourages me to literally slap skincare products onto the face and body instead of patting them on or massaging them in. She says slapping improves skin elasticity and aids absorption. I have seen her doing this when I was young and I think it works, because her skin is still firm and supple even at 60!"

Would you say your attitude towards beauty is similar to your mother's?

"We both believe in a holistic approach to beauty, which includes a good skincare routine, a healthy diet and adequate sleep. But I'm definitely more laid-back. For example, on days when I'm really exhausted, I'm happy to go to bed after applying only eye cream and moisturiser. My mum, on the other hand, never fails to go through her entire skincare and body-care routine.

 

Jean Yip, 57, founder of Jean Yip Group
Cheryl Wee, 28, actress and singer

Jean Yip

Have you ever disapproved of any of your daughter's beauty choices?

"No - Cheryl knows what's flattering on her."

Have you learnt any beauty tips from your daughter?

"She has taught me to be more disciplined - I use a face mask daily or at least on alternate days, and I do a hair mask treatment on a weekly basis. Cheryl also tells me not to eat after 7pm."

You can't stand your daughter's...

"Diet - I feel that she eats too healthy and doesn't eat enough!"

Cheryl Wee

What's the best beauty advice your mother has given you?

"Eat fresh and nutritious food to nourish the body instead of popping vitamins. When you eat healthy, your body will respond positively."

What's the strangest thing your mother has told you?

"Nothing comes to mind - everything she's said so far makes sense!"

Would you say your attitude towards beauty is similar to your mother's?

"Not entirely - I'm more low-maintenance and she's always immaculately groomed. It's not because I don't put in effort; I have eczema, so I'm allergic to a lot of the skincare and makeup on the market - and even certain fabric! - so I prefer a simple skincare routine and avoid wearing makeup whenever I can to keep flare-ups away.

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