7 Beauty Tips Our Moms Taught Us That We Still Swear By Today

May 06, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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We all know we couldn’t do much without our moms — especially when it comes to the beauty tips and tricks we’ve acquired throughout the years. From the first product she ever bought you, to the makeup lessons she passed down to you while watching her in awe at a very young age, every memory is special.

In honor of Mother’s Day, our editors rounded up the best-kept beauty secrets, hacks and rules they learned from their moms and grandmoms, alike. You probably won’t be surprised to find out that many of us still swear by them each and every day.

Blend Your Foundation Down Your Neck! — Dawn, Senior Editorial Director

My mom was like the jawline police — always rubbing my face whenever my foundation stopped at my chin and didn't blend with my neck. Now, I think about it constantly. Even if I know my foundation was perfect when I left the house, I find myself neurotically blending throughout the day. Thanks, Mom!

A Manicure Will Always Make You Feel Put Together — Lindsey, Content Director

When I was growing up, my mom never missed her weekly manicure appointment. I would sit at the salon with her more times than not while her nail tech, Jennifer, filed and painted my mother’s perfectly squoval nails. Back then, I always thought it was an epic waste of time, but now I realize it was her guaranteed 30 minutes a week of self care. Plus, she always told me that having her nails done made her feel, well, polished, and I can’t say I disagree!

Good Makeup Starts With Good Skin-Care — Sarah, Senior Editor

I can’t remember the first makeup product my mom bought me, but I can remember my first moisturizer. That’s because she always stressed the importance of taking care of your skin over piling on makeup to conceal imperfections. Throughout the years, I’ve found that when I have a solid skin-care routine, I wear less foundation and makeup in general. Thanks to her tips (and genes TBH), my skin is one of my best assets and what I like to highlight. 

Never Forget Your Eyeliner — Alanna, Associate Editor

As a child, whenever I drew my mom when I colored, I would give her two distinctive features: big hoops (because she always wears hoop earrings!) and a lot of eyeliner. My mom loves wearing a smoked-out line on her bottom lash line, either in deep gray or teal blue, and as I grew older, I always aspired to wear eyeliner just like she does. This seriously stuck with me, and now I don’t go a day without an eye pencil in hand.

Less Is More — Genesis, Assistant Editor

I vividly remember when I was 15 years old and started experimenting with makeup, my mother would frequently tell me that less is more. While I didn’t listen at the time (because, of course), I think her constant reminders were her trying to make me develop a relationship with makeup that allowed me to feel like it enhanced my natural beauty rather than was something I needed in order to mask my insecurities. Now, a fresh-faced dewy makeup look is my go-to for everyday. I like that she instilled this idea of low maintenance and acceptance in me early because now it just means I get to sleep in a little extra every day and still feel confident with my daily makeup routine.

Check Your Light (and Your Bronzer)!! — Samantha, Assistant Editor

Middle school me and bronzer didn’t get along so well. I had a very real, very bad habit of forgetting to blend. Enter the defined bronzer line. It wasn’t a good look, trust me. Every day before I left for school, my mom would check my bronzer and inevitably blend it out more before sending me out the door. Now, every day before starting work, I make sure to check (and check again!) that my bronzer looks diffused and blended in every light. It’s one of those beauty habits that just stuck.

Mascara Is Your Secret Weapon — Jillian, Senior Social Media Editor

I have very fine, blonde lashes, so one of the first beauty products my mom ever introduced me to was mascara. She always told me that mascara is a secret weapon for making any look pop and that I should always have a fresh tube from a quality brand on hand for an instant makeup refresh. Over the years, I’ve settled on what elements in a mascara I love, and major definition and a waterproof formula are always at the top of the list.

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