When it comes to beauty (or anything, really), it's true what they say: Mother knows best. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are all the beauty lessons I’ve picked up from my mother, Cindy–the most beautiful, selfless, loving, hilarious woman I know–over the years.
- When it comes to hair, the bigger the better.
- When it doubt, add more mascara. (Seriously–you can never have too much mascara.)
- Liquid eyeliner can totally be applied while driving.
- When your (or your daughter's) favorite lipstick shade is discontinued, there’s only one thing to do: Buy up Amazon's entire stock.
- To apply blush: Purse your lips and attempt to smile, then dust blush on the raised apples of your cheeks. You’ll look momentarily ridiculous, but your blush will be on point.
- Spend money on great foundations and concealers for special occasions, but when it comes to bronzer and blush, money can’t buy anything better than CoverGirl Cheekers.
- Find your signature makeup look and stick to it.
- When checking your makeup in the mirror, you must make a fish face.
- Bangs should be “piece-y.” Never straight-across.
- When you don't have time to do your makeup, just wear sunglasses and never take them off.
- Keep your entire makeup collection with you/in your car at all times, preferably in an old Ziploc bag.
- Who needs fancy perfume when you have fresh baby powder?
- Don't bother with eyeshadow palettes–one good brown shadow will do.
- When your skin is acting up or your eyelid is swollen, positive thinking and visualization can be just as powerful as topical creams and ointments.
- The first step of your morning beauty routine should always be a cup of hot water with lemon. The second step should be coffee with a dose of Bone Broth Collagen Powder.
- When you cry off your eye makeup from laughing too hard, don't bother reapplying. It's only going to happen again.
- Laugh lines and crow’s feet are signs of a life well-lived. When you feel like getting rid of them...don't.
What beauty lessons have you learned from your mom? Email them to me at email@example.com, and I’ll add your shout-out to your momma to the ILLUUM list.