Sreyem Lom: I Only Tried Makeup Once, and…It Is Just Not My Cup of Tea

It is not the first time that I see people looked surprised when they know that I do not wear makeup at all, even some of my friends do not understand. To be honest, I only tried makeup once and…it is just not my cup of tea.

It was on my cousin’s wedding that I put makeup on for the first time, with the help of a makeup artist. Though I asked her to do a light one with natural atmosphere, I still found myself looking like someone in a TV drama. Then I stared at myself in the mirror and wondered where the girl I knew had gone.

Some people suggest me to try it more, but I simply think that I do not need any thing to cover my face. When I was young, my grandmother encouraged me to love my own appearance, she said:‘You have the natural beauty, do not change it.’ However, once I hesitated and thought about dying my hair red. I asked my grandmother whether it was a good idea and of course she replied to me that my black hair is a natural gift and I really should not change it. It sounds like I am obedient to what my grandmother have taught me, but this obedience is actually a respect for her wisdom in life.

I come from Cambodia, where this wisdom originated. But many people have changed their point of view, especially in major cities. After some Cambodian girls saw foreign tourists, they started to look up to them, especially Korean girls because of their white skin and makeup skills. Something is different now.

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*This article is based on an interview with Sreyem Lom on February 6th, 2017.

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