San Antonio woman incorporates 'La Chancla' for Mother's Day makeup look

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Seemingly innocent sandals hold a feared meaning for many who remember how bad behavior warranted use of the "la chancla."

Now it seems as if many Latinos are taking back the power from the formidable flip flop. La chancla recently became the motif for Missions Baseball's alternate name and now it's the theme for a Mother's Day makeup look.

Leslie Garza, from San Antonio, says makeup is her hobby. While brainstorming content for her Facebook and Instagram pages, she came up with the idea to incorporate her childhood enemy, la chancla, into a Mother's Day-themed eyeshadow design.

The 22-year-old spent about two hours perfecting her look, which included hues of purple on her lids and outlines of tiny sandals. She used products by NYX Cosmetics, Revlon and Maybelline.

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"It might seem simple, but it was not," Garza said.

Garza's inspiration, her mother Imelda Gonzalez, was amused by the ode.

"She was just laughing, she said 'you're so crazy, why would you put that out there,'" Garza said. "I told her 'you're not the only one,' she thought it was funny that I represented her like that."

Many of Garza's Facebook and Instagram followers agreed — her mom wasn't the only one who enforced strict rules with the force of la chancla. She asked them to share the most-memorable parenting quotes they heard while growing up.

"Hay comida en las casa," or "There's food at home," was a popular mention.

Garza used photo-editing tools to add her mother's usual talking-to, "Mi casa no es hotel," to her finished product.

See la chancla makeup in the gallery above.

Madalyn Mendoza is a digital reporter for Read more of her stories here.| | Twitter: @MaddySkye