Beauty Secrets 12 Women Learned From Their Mothers
“Over the years, my mom has taught me that less is more. She’s super brand loyal, and doesn’t use many products except Maybelline Great Lash mascara and Lip Smackers balm (in the Dr. Pepper flavor) for tint. Additionally, the face cream she uses always has SPF in it. Now as an adult, I keep my beauty routine super simple like my mom, just using rose oil, SPF, and Great Lash mascara.” —Laura Polko, celebrity hair stylist
7. Take care of yourself emotionally.
“My mom taught me that beauty starts on the inside—quite literally. Taking care of my heart and my emotions came first. Taking care of my body and health came next. It was so forward-thinking when I look back now. We talked about our feelings a lot in the Happ house, and were allowed mental health days when life just seemed to moving to fast. My earliest memories of exercise are of doing yoga with my mom at the YWCA. From there, topical beauty was a fun form of self-expression. My mom stayed true to organic beauty: minimal makeup, beautiful red hair, and freckles. In contrast, she let me do whatever I wanted to on the beauty front. For me, this meant all out Barbie-style: 1985 perms, Bonnie Bell perfume, and Lip Smackers everywhere. But my foundation was my wellness. What a gift my mom was and is.” —Sara Happ, founder of Sara Happ Inc.
8. Embrace what makes you special and unique.
“I grew up in rural Jamaica. My mom was a stay-at-home mom. Her beauty lessons to me came from her doing them in her own routine. We had a small garden with all kinds of veggies and raised chickens, goats, and cows. Despite the fact that her hands were always in the dirt or tending to animals, she routinely took time to do her DIY mani and pedi and never walked around with chipped nails. I think that’s where I got my love for nail polish. On Sundays, my mom did my natural hair to get me ready for school on Monday. More often than not our deep conditioner consisted of aloe vera, prickly pear plant (both of which we grew at home), and castor oil that was often made by my grandmother.
The most important beauty lesson my mom taught me was confidence. I’m 5 feet 11 inches tall. I’ve been that height since 11 or 12 years old. I was teased and mocked for being that height, with dark skin and full lips (I wasn’t trending back then). There was a time I wanted to slouch and hang my head down—a way of trying to look smaller and not take up any space. My mom ensured that I held my head up and stood up straight. She never wanted me to feel less than or apologize for how I showed up in the world.” —Christene Carr, editor at ThisThatBeauty.com and NicholNoire.com
9. Establish a moisturizing routine.