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My mom used to get on my case about making sure my foundation still looked like skin.. and she was right about that. And I don’t feel self conscious about whether or not my foundation looks too heavy or too cakey.

My mom never wore makeup while I was growing up (in fact, she could count the number of times she *ever* wore it on her fingers, LOL), but she always stressed taking care of my skin & teeth. She always said no matter how much makeup I wore, however beautiful I was, it wouldn’t matter if I had bad skin & teeth. What makes the whole “teeth” issue even more poignant is, a couple of months ago, while on an elevator at the mall, I overheard a mom telling her daughter (who was about 13 or 14), the *exact* same thing, and the daughter’s reaction was what must have been the same as mine at that age. I did all I could to keep from laughing, because after all these years, it actually hit me how true that is!

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My Mom always told me to take care of my skin. She used products like Ponds and Olay but she was consistent and would remind me to wash my face because that is the first thing everyone sees.

I found myself telling the same thing to my daughter over the weekend and it was a nice feeling!

I never really recieved any tips from my mum, because she doesnt like makeup on me (its a culture thing) but the next closest person i considered my mum after her was my late aunt. She always told me that i should take care of my skin. As soon as you come home and you know you dont need to wear makeup take it off.

To love myself the way I am, really to accept and never compare myself with others and be happy with what I have. My mom always used makeup, but very minimal only lipstick and blush, she never learned to use anything else when it comes to makeup, so she just tells me to use the beauty products I like, and that the most important thing is to like my look, not to mind what others think.

Wow, Christine! I thought “beauty mark” was a phrase my mom invented but I guess we’re not the only ones! 🙂

Best form of advice my mom (or anyone in my family) would give me was their honesty about my makeup (ie. when I had raccoon eyes or my foundation didn’t match). Her opinion was helpful and prevented me from embarrassing myself!

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She had it so ingrained in me that I didn’t even realize that mole = beauty mark for awhile. It’s amazing how your perspective shifts by calling it by one or the other!

My mom and dad always called my moles beauty marks too! Although it never before occurred to me what a gift that was.

Hollywood starlets and others used to put on fake ones to look fashionable. In “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with Julie Andrews, she’s kissing her boyfriend in a car and notices hers came off on his face. She says, “Oh, my beauty spot!”

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I’m the one teaching my mom a thing or two about makeup actually 😉 however I remember my grandmother showing me how to apply nail polish. I would not believe her when she said ‘but you don’t need to go all the way to the cuticle!’ (I was about 12 then) and years later I realized she was right. It makes it *so* much neater when I apply it the way she had showed me!

Never shave your legs without any soap/shaving cream etc. Alas, this advice was ‘after’ i pinched my Dad’s razor and shaved my legs for the first time.

My mom always emphasized “less is more.” I think this was especially targeted for me because I was SO in love with makeup ever since I was little. It was probably heart-breaking for her to see her young daughter slather her face with foundation and eyeliner. I can still hear her saying “that’s enough! no more!” 😛

NIVEA cream. My mom and grandma did not use anything else. I’m from Germany and Nivea has been around forever. Has no Parabens either if anybody wants to know.

Although my mother didn’t wear much makeup, she always had her nails done and lipstick on, which gave her a well-groomed appearance even when she was in super casual clothes. I’ve gone through a huge cycle with makeup (which I love dearly, even though I don’t wear much these days) of piling it on, then being a minimalist, then more piling it on, etc. over the years. At age 55, I wear a pretty minimal “face” (BB cream, blush, eyeliner) but never go ANYWHERE without my lips and tips done. So funny that her views on that have become my own.

“Stop touching your face!”

Very true, although it’s hard because I have an impulse control disorder.

my mom never wears makeup, so growing up, i learned to appreciate how nice skin is beautiful, and that skincare and natural beauty is something magnificent. although i am a total makeup addict now, i really appreciate the lesson of how less is more, and that everyone is naturally beautiful.

My mom used to work at a Lancome counter at Sears, so she knew a lot about the brand. But she was also the first person to show me what a smokey eye was, and since then she has become a big influence on the world of beauty. Now, she’s admitted that she thinks I’m even better at makeup than she ever was and that makes me laugh – only because I always wanted to be as good as she was at doing makeup, and I never thought I could be! I love her so much.

Both my mother and grandmother gave me plenty of advice. Mom’s was to take care of my teeth (I do, and my dentist says that I’m “no fun”) and not to cut or dye my hair (broke that one but had a friend with a lot of dye-job experience do it and I only went darker so no bleach). My grandmother always said to take care of my vitamin intake and skin (always where sunscreen and if you go to a tanning bed you’re dead [had no intention to, as an ex-goth I still like being a vampire]). And both always said “never pluck your eyebrows too much, just enough to shape them and keep the middle un-fuzzied”. I am glad of the last one because I have naturally thick, dark, and arched brows that are perfect for sarcastic expressions. 🙂

Oh, I forgot about ‘don’t dye your hair, you’ll wreck it.’ Very good advice, and I have natural/healthy butt-length blonde hair now, which of course isn’t what everyone wants, but I feel bad when I see people with hair permafried from dying and bleaching (including my mom, now).

In my teens my Greek grandmother used to chase me around with a blush brush (she called it “rouge”) and turns out she was right, our skin tone can be sallow and “rouge” really does the trick! She also wore dark lips in all the old photos from the ’50s and it looked really cool. I have embraced the dark hair/dark lip thing myself. It’s something that sets us apart.

My mom has never really given me beauty advice. It’s usually the other way around. But I’ve learned from watching the way she interacts with beauty that you don’t have to wear makeup to be happy. I think living in a society where my looks are judged constantly I sometimes forget that.

my mom taught me the virtues of moderation. I gravitate toward the bold and flashy looks. My mom is always advising me to tone it down. When I take her advice, I feel confident and classy!!

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