Beauty trends come and go, but there is some beauty advice that is timeless, ageless and needed by every woman. These tips are the ones your mother told you, her mother told her and you will share with your daughter.
Trends follow the pendulum as they go from one extreme to another until they reverse and head back the other way, and beauty is no different from fashion in that way. When I was in high school my mom passed down her great beauty wisdom to me and I still use these tips on myself and my girls.
Before my first high school dance, my mom took me to the mall and got me a makeover at the department store makeup counter. I remember her telling them we wanted a natural, everyday look and then some special lipstick. I felt amazing having someone do my makeup and did I ever feel fancy and beautiful when I left. The woman doing my makeup explained it as she applied, and we left with my first complete look in a bag for me to start using myself. I am so grateful that my mom took the time to make sure I learned how to use and not abuse makeup.
I learned how to pick my foundation and concealer to make sure I never look like I am wearing a mask. The proper color should blend in seamlessly and you always blend back into your hair and down your neck.
I learned that we all have colors that are better for us so knowing if you are a warm tone or cool tone person will change your life.
I learned that less is more. I never fell into the teenage trap of caking on my makeup as I knew that used the right way makeup enhances your natural beauty it is not meant to cover or change who you are.
I learned that moist skin always looks better and that includes under your eyes. I am religious about my morning and night application under my eyes.
I learned that your hair needs a rinse-out to get all that build of product once a month so rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to get deep down clean. Bonus: the vinegar will bring out any red highlights and the lemon juice any blond highlights.
As I mentioned, my mom taught me to respect beauty products for what they can do… highlight and enhance the natural beauty you have. They are not a disguise or a mask but a magnifier for the beautiful person you are. But the even bigger lesson my mom taught me is that beauty comes from within, the most beautiful woman in the world will appear ugly if she is an unkind and mean person.
It’s no surprise that I learned so much from my mom as beauty habits and advice are often passed down from mother to daughter. In fact, a recent Dove survey found that most women actually trust the women in their lives more than celebrities for beauty tips and advice. I couldn’t agree more.
Please see below for the new Dove Beauty Stories film that shows one family’s beauty story and the beautiful lessons they have passed down.
So tell me … what’s your #BeautyStory?
Disclosure: I participated in and was compensated in a Dove campaign with The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.