Generational beauty we’ve got on repeat.
As a child, like many young girls, watching my mother apply her makeup was one of the greatest forms of entertainment.
Watching as she added each carefully chosen layer, building up what was already her beautiful face into something even more radiant.
Naturally, as my own journey into beauty began, my application skills were not particularly quite on par with my mother’s.
However, it was these small steps, tricks, and tips that would soon transform my beauty routine; processes I would cherish and make me feel close to my mother.
We learn so much about beauty and skincare from our mothers and this is something we all want to share.
My mother taught me the importance of skincare and to this day, her skin is still as soft as a baby’s and always smells delicious. She learnt from her mother.
My dear grandmother, an incredible Spanish woman, taught me the art of being ‘classic’, a word perhaps overused in recent times. Her regime is still my favourite way to dress my face.
Here’s What She Taught Me
Spanish beauty, much like the French, champions the natural look, and something my Abuela always taught me was to embrace my flaws, exemplify them and be proud of them.
Use my lipstick as blush also. A little rouge on the lips and cheeks never hurt anyone.
Chanel No 5 is the greatest fragrance in the entire world.
Don’t over-contour or go too heavy on bronzer. Your cheekbones are your best friend but not an easel.
Always blot your lipstick.
If you have curls, embrace them, let them be free and wild, the way nature intended.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Dry skin is breeding ground for fine lines.
Always wear SPF. Skipping it is not worth the damage later.
And smile. Happiness is the best beauty trick of them all.
I might not remember this beauty wisdom all of the time and sometimes the classic look just doesn’t cut it; the bright pink lipstick or another fragrance wins out and seems like a better idea.
However, it’s these staple steps that’ll always make me feel a little bit more like myself, a little more confident and happy.
Mothers really do know best.
We would love to hear the tips and lessons you cherish from your mother or grandmother.
On Repeat: Mothers Know Best
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