Mama knows best. 

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Southern mamas are known to be a wealth of knowledge; whether such tidbits of wisdom were solicited or not is beside the point. It could be advice regarding current suitors, thoughts on the cowboy boots you were thinking about adding to your cart, or if you should take the chop and get those bangs. One thing is for sure, Southern women (mamas in particular) are never short on words. Here are a few beauty lessons for our daughters we certainly won’t keep to ourselves—our mamas didn’t, after all.

Sometimes Less Is More

If you ever find yourself using your hair or makeup to hide, let’s have a chat. Go for a bold lip if it suits you, a daring cat eye (if age-appropriate, of course), or a green liner to really make your baby blues pop, but never as a device for trying to be anything but 100 percent authentic to yourself.

Washing Your Face Is Important

There’s a reason Memaw’s skin looked like porcelain well into her 60s—she never skipped a night of washing. We prefer the classic scent and gentle cleanse of a Dove Beauty Bar, but there are plenty of options stocking the beauty aisles if you want to pave your own way.

It’s Okay To Have a Signature Look

… and it’s okay to switch up your style like a 1950s phone operator. Whatever your preference is quite alright. The most important thing is to be yourself.

If It Doesn’t Bring You Joy Then Don’t Do It!

If popping into your favorite beauty store or aisle makes your heart skip a beat, if swiping on that perfect shade of pink brings a smile to your face, then go for it! But, if you find yourself thinking of makeup as a chore or dreading the blow dryer, don’t do it. Real beauty is all about what brings you joy and more often than not, it’s something that's not found in your makeup bag.

Honey, Time Marches On

In the words of our beloved Steel Magnolia Truvy, “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.” Embrace your age and all that goes along with it, whether it be laugh lines, crow’s feet, or a head full of silver strands. You’ve earned each one and deserve to flaunt them around town like the badges of honor they are. That being said, if you choose to keep that blonde bottle job and drift off to sleep each night with a face full of serums and wrinkle-reducing potions, you earned that right too.

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On Second Thought…

Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about beauty tips and life lessons can be gleaned through a tear-filled re-watch of Steel Magnolias. You grab the tissues, we’ll bring the house wine of the South.