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'Mum, my original beauty icon': Irish women share their Mother's Day memories

In honour of Mother's Day, we ask some Irish women about the beauty lessons their mothers instilled in them.

Holly Carpenter (Model/Miss Ireland 2011)

“When I started trying make up at around 13 I remember covering my face in my mum Jane’s, Elizabeth Arden pan stick. It was far too thick for my young skin at the time but I thought it made me look sophisticated like her.

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Mum doesn’t use that anymore but I still get in trouble for borrowing bits from her make-up bag. My mum has great skin and from a young age she has always stressed how important it is to moisturise and wear factor 50 on my face too...I’m sure I’ll thank her for this when I’m older!

I had a jewellery making set when I was about eight years old and I used to make bright coloured glittery jewellery for my mum that she used to wear when she went out. I was then devastated to learn that she would take it off the minute she got in the taxi, but when I look back at the photos of, I completely understand why."

Blathnaid Treacy (RTE presenter)

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Blathnaid Treacy, pictured at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Blathnaid Treacy, pictured at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

Blathnaid Treacy, pictured at the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar St, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

 

"This first picture (below) is of my mum Anne when she was 18 years old, with my dad Dermot (aged 19). It was taken in 1969 outside my paternal Grandmother’s house.

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This image (below) shows my mum aged 19 when she went on a two week cruise with my dad in Morocco in 1970. When they got on board the cruise ship they were separated to male and female dormitories, to their surprise! They have been married for an impressive 41 years.

I chose this picture of my mum because I think it captures the essence of her beauty and her sense of adventure. She was a total hippie, as you can see by her giant bell bottoms and gorgeous thick hair down to her hips. She has always had a very natural look, never bothering too much with makeup or high heels.  I really admire that about her, she has always had her own style, simple, elegant and fun.

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I learned from my mum how it’s more important to be confident and embrace your natural beauty, instead of slapping on a load of foundation. She also taught me never to follow the trends – even though I have been guilty of doing both of those things, as I’m getting older, I’m beginning to follow her advice more and more. She was and still is a total babe!"

Natalie B Coleman (Fashion designer)

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"My mother, Bridie, was really into skincare and started me going for monthly facials when I was 14, so I do my best to keep that up. Cleanse, tone and moisturise daily and 20 splashes of cold water on your face in the morning. She was also really into yoga and healthy eating so she used to have me doing yoga facial exercises in the car, we must have looked bonkers!

I was very shy when I was younger, I think my mother was always very graceful, elegant and cool, so I try to think of how she might approach situations. She had a great sense of humour and thought me not to be judgemental about others or myself.

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She was quite adventurous when it came to fashion, I remember once being up the town as an awkward 13 year old and seeing my Mum sashaying down the street with skinny cords and over the knee dark boots with fringes and crazy animal skins and thinking ‘Oh sweet Jesus, hide me’... but now I think wow, how cool was my mum."

Natalie B Coleman has launched a new nail polish range with Sally Hansen, in stores now

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