Timeless Beauty Secrets I Learned from My Mom
Mardi Gras, Mobile, Alabama, 2017
My mother has thick hair and smooth skin that would make you green with envy, but under her chic exterior, you'll find a triple threat of sass, sarcasm, and street smarts that makes her one of a kind. You'd never know we share genes by our looks alone, but hang around the two of us long enough, and you'll swear we're the same person. When it comes to style, she showed me what trend-proof choices look like and how to find them at half price. She taught me the importance of moisturizing, stopping before over-plucking my brows, and keeping a tube of lipstick on my person at all times. But her best advice shaped my character, regardless of how well-dressed or lipstick-laden I might be. For these qualities (sass included), I'm indebted to her.
Not Too Shady
It’s easy to see that I look my dad, but I have my mom’s brown eyes. We both value a neutral palette that can go day to night. She likes to combine matte shadows and ones with a hint of sparkle.
Buy It: Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, $38; sephora.com
In the Sun
The barely there banana scent of this sunscreen echoes her longtime weakness for that flavor of Laffy Taffy.
Buy It: Sun Bum Original SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, $16; ulta.com
On my parents' wedding day, my mom's makeup artist picked this shade for her, and she still wears it.
Buy It: Clinique Dramatically Different Lipstick in Think Bronze, $20; ulta.com
Hair on Point
My mom uses a spritz of this alcohol-free formula every day for a light hold without a helmet-like shell.
Buy It: Pantene Pro-V Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray, $5; amazon.com
Mom leans into pale pinks, while I gravitate toward deep shades, but we always agree on a classic neutral.
Buy It: OPI Lisbon Wants Moor, $11; amazon.com
She's never been into overly fragrant candles, which is why this one's a winner. Whenever I catch a whiff of it, I'm reminded of home.
Buy It: Nest Fragrances Bamboo Candle, $42; neimanmarcus.com