We'll Just Say It: Our Mums Know the Most About Beauty
The first time I became aware of Gigi Hadid was via her impossibly elegant mother Yolanda Foster's turn on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I was already a fan of Foster's, and of course once Hadid appeared onscreen I was immediately impressed with her beauty (I mean, I do have eyes). Seeing them together, and the specialness of their mother-daughter relationship was so heartwarming it began a fascination of sorts with them as a pair. After that ep, I was not only Google stalking TRHBH spoilers and Hadid's beauty and fitness routine, I had begun clicking on anything that featured the duo together.
Like Foster and Hadid, my mum and I are close. I call her my life compass because I turn to her for advice and direction on even the most mundane of 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 on 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's a lot to remember. As a kid I'd sneak into the bathroom and stick my fingers into mum's prized tub of Nutrimetics clay masque and smear it on my legs because it made me feel fancy. (To quote Justin Bieber, is it too late now to say sorry?) I have childhood memories of watching her massage moisturiser into her face, neck and elbows before bed—a ritual I adopted many years ago—and the smell of Olay moisturiser will forever remind me of her. There was also the time my sister broke a brand new Chanel blush over the top of my parents' white bedspread... 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-fresh Nars' Laguna ($56).
The memories we share with our mothers are special, and the lessons they teach us, numerous. In honour of the very important job they do 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 mums.
“Skincare > makeup.”
Mum 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.
“Don’t be moved by trends if they don’t work for you.”
A lesson my teenage self struggled with, but adult me (hi!) embraces. Mum’s hair style and colour has remained pretty much the same since 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.
“Incidental exercise should be the norm not the exception.”
We joke in my family that if mum 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.
“Use skincare products that contain active ingredients.”
This means hyaluronic acid at night and vitamin C in the morning.
“Apply sunscreen as a primer under makeup every single day to prevent ageing.”
The one skincare step I’ll never, ever skip.
“Drink lots of water and eat foods that are high in antioxidants like pomegranates and berries.”
Mum is convinced stocking up on foods like these keeps your skin plump.
“SPF on your face is important but don’t forget the backs of your hands.”
The reason I always have a hand cream with SPF like this one ($45) in my handbag.
“Never tie your hair up when you sleep.”
I’ve done my best to dismiss this one but it never ends well.
“You are what you eat.”
Simple and to-the-point; beauty is not skin-deep.
“Always start the day with lemon juice and warm water.”
This is something my grandmother taught my mum, and she passed on the super-simple habit to me—it helps with detoxing and digestion.
“Wear a high-factor sunscreen on your face, neck and décolletage.”
Pretty self-explanatory, no?
“Lipstick is probably the most important item of makeup if you can only choose one.”
A slick of colour 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.
“Less is always more.”
My mum 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 product or colours.
“Use Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair ($140) and thank me later.”
She told me about it some time ago and is still loyal.
“Always wear a smile.”
I get my positive attitude from my mum! She's always been about looking on the bright side and always wearing your best accessory—a smile. Now I am firm believer that smiling changes lives.