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Thursday September 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday September 19, 2013 MYT 9:17:03 AM
by angelin yeoh
Estee Lauder helps
breast cancer survivors regain confidence and
self-esteem through its beauty workshop.
INSURANCE agent Ginny Cheng looked on while her mum tried out a new make-up tip.
“It’s nice to see mum trying something different with make-up. Looking at the way she is now, you would never guess that she had breast cancer surgery a few years ago,” said Cheng, 26,
Her mother, Nancy Moo, 56, a homemaker, exclaimed she was getting used to her new lip colour: a bright pink hue. Moo was one of 96 participants at the Feel Better Beauty Workshop held at Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur last week.
Organised by Estee Lauder, the workshop aimed to help breast cancer survivors focus on regaining confidence and self-esteem by showing them how to enhance their look through make-up and skincare.
The event was part of Estee Lauder’s annual campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and encourage women to take specific actions that support breast health.
This year’s theme Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer, We’re Stronger Together serves as a reminder that support should come from all quarters so that we can combat breast cancer together in every way possible.
Estee Lauder brand general manager Katrina Liew said they hope to bring the workshop, currently in its 17th year, to even more people in the future.
“We want to get together and help women overcome the stigma of breast cancer. My only request from the participants is that they enjoy themselves,” said Liew.
Participants like Moo and Siew certainly had a great time at the workshop.
“It’s great to be pampered like this. Besides, it’s always nice to meet other people and share our experiences,” said Moo, who looked radiant in her new make-up.
For Cheng, it meant more for her to see her mother put her battle with breast cancer aside.
“It took awhile for mum to feel whole again after her surgery. I’m seeing a different side to her that I thought I’d never see again,” she said.
A team of make-up artists from various brands like Clinique, Bobbi Brown and M.A.C were at hand to help with make-up tips and colours.
M.A.C make-up artist Suzana Zainon said that she was amazed by the participants’ positive energy.
“I’m really happy to be here. It’s inspiring to be surrounded by individuals who have gone through so much in life, yet are still the some of the happiest people around,” she said.
Suzana shared tips on how to apply eyeliner and basic skincare methods, and added that it would be a healthier alternative to make one’s own meals at home if possible.
Workshop facilitator Carina Choo advised that “less means more”.
“We showed them how looking natural doesn’t mean having no make-up at all. It’s a matter of learning how to apply less products and maximising your look with brighter colours,” said Choo.
Housewife Miki Siew, 42, said the tip of applying less powder was useful.
“We sometimes apply a lot of foundation and the term used to describe that look is ‘cakey’. It’s good to know that we should just put on a minimal amount and follow the contours on our face.”
Choo also advised the participants to finish off their new look with a bold lip colour.
“A great instant feel-great factor is to put on a bright lipstick. It’s the perfect way to finish off a nude look.”
Apart from make-up, participants also tried new hairstyles and had their transformation immortalised with a professional photoshoot at the end.
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