The first time I became aware of Gigi HadidВ was via her impossibly elegant mother Yolanda Foster'sВ turn on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I was already a fan of Foster's, andВ of course, once Hadid appearedВ onscreen I was immediately impressed with herВ beauty (I mean, I do have eyes). Seeing them together, and the specialness of their mother-daughterВ relationship was so heartwarming it began a fascination of sorts with them as a pair. After that ep, I wasВ not only Google stalking TRHBH spoilers and Hadid's beauty and fitness routine, I had begunВ clicking on anything that featured the duo together.В
Like Foster and Hadid, my mom and I are close. I call her myВ life compass because I turn to her for advice and directionВ onВ even the most mundane ofВ things. Everyone says this but I genuinely mean it: my mother is truly the best person I know. I've never met another woman so selfless or with such a bottomless tank of compassion. While she's passed onВ a lot of things to me over the years (most more important than how to apply mascara) TBH, until now, I've never stopped to think about how she's influenced my idea of beauty.
Looking back, there'sВ a lot to remember. As a kid,В I'd sneak into the bathroom and stick my fingers into mom'sВ prized tub of Nutrimetics clay masque ($20) and smear it on my legs because it made me feel fancy. I have childhood memories of watching herВ massage moisturizer into her face, neck, and elbows before bed-a ritual I adopted many years ago-and the smell of Olay moisturizer will forever remind meВ of her. There was also the time my sister broke a brandВ new Chanel blush ($45) over the top of my parents' white bedspreadвЂ¦ The pained look on her face came back to haunt me a few months ago when I did the exact same thing with a box-freshВ Nars' LagunaВ ($40).
The memories we share with our mothersВ are special, and the lessons they teach us, numerous. In honor of the very important job they doВ of steering us safely through girlhood, teenagerdom (god help them) then womanhood, we've compiled a list of their best ever beauty tips. From us and ours to you and yours.
Keep scrolling for the life-changing beauty tips we've learned from our moms.
вЂњSkincare > makeup.вЂќ
Mom has never been big on makeup but she's always been a believer in looking after her skin. Her daily routine is simple but solid, and at the age of 60+ (don't tell her I told you) she has the complexion of a much younger woman.
вЂњDon't be moved by trends if they don't work for you.вЂќ
A lesson my teenage self struggled with, but adult meВ (hi!) embraces. Mom's hairstyle and color have remained pretty much the same sinceВ she was in her '20s, and it still suits her. The message being, if something's working for you, don't change it because others expect you to.
вЂњIncidental exercise should be the norm, not the exception.вЂќ
We joke in my family that if mom sits down for more than a minute, she'll implode. She's always up and moving, and constantly finding projects to do. She's not big on traditional fitness but I challenge you to find someone who walks more steps in a day.
вЂњUse skincare products that contain active ingredients.вЂќ
This means hyaluronic acid at night and vitamin C in the morning.
вЂњApply sunscreen as a primer under makeup every single day to prevent aging.вЂќ
TheВ one skincare step I'll never, ever skip.
вЂњDrink lots of water and eat foods that are high in antioxidants like pomegranates and berries.вЂќ
Mom is convinced stocking up on foods like these keeps your skin plump.
вЂњSPF on your face is important but don't forget the backs of your hands.вЂќ
The reason I always have a hand cream with SPF in my handbag.
вЂњNever tie your hair up when you sleep.вЂќ
I've done my best to dismiss this one but it never ends well.
вЂњYou are what you eat.вЂќ
Simple and to-the-point; beauty is not skin-deep.
вЂњAlways start the day with lemon juice and warm water.вЂќ
This is something my grandmother taught my mom, and she passed on the super-simple habit to me-it helps with detoxing and digestion.
вЂњWear a high-factor sunscreen on your face, neck, and dГ©colletage.вЂќ
Pretty self-explanatory, no?
вЂњLipstick is probably the most important item of makeup if you can only choose one.вЂќ
A slick of color peps up your look and makes you feel good, and you can dab it onto cheeks too. It's the reason I never leave home without it.
вЂњLess is always more.вЂќ
My mom has never been one for makeup and her natural approach has always been an inspiration. For that reason, I've never really been into heavy products or colors.В
вЂњUse EstГ©e Lauder's Advanced Night Repair ($90) and thank me later.вЂќ
She told me about it some time ago and is still loyal.В
вЂњAlways wear a smile.вЂќ
I get my positive attitude from my mom! She's always been about looking on the bright side and always wearing your best accessory-aВ smile. Now I am a firm believer that smiling changes lives.В
What's the best beauty advice your mum has given you? Share it with us below!