I’ve been into makeup and skincare since my teenage years. I loved going into Boots and scouring the brightly lit shelves with foundations, mascaras and nail polishes neatly arranged in plastic casing, making mental lists of which product to buy when I got my pocket money. When I couldn’t afford the Dream Matte Mousse or MaxFactor False Lash Effect that I desired, I would scour my parents’ bathroom cabinet for anything I could try that might offer the same effect. My mum’s lotions and pot
ions filled the shelves, and I spent many an hour trying various tinted moisturisers, brow pencils and perfumes that I found in the cupboard. If you weren’t already aware of this and have stumbled across this post, sorry mum if your products looked slightly depleted in this period.
I won’t lie, I wasn’t the most knowledgable about what I was putting on my face. Unfortunately the internet was not the great beauty resource it is today, and so I wasn’t able to find advice and tutorials on application and which products to use. I relied on copying what the girls at school wore and observing my mum’s routine in the hopes that at least someone would know what they were doing. Now that I’m older and much wiser about makeup and skincare, I’ve realised that Mama Moon really did offer some pearls of wisdom when it came to such complex topics. So let me share today five things that my mum, the amazing woman that she is, taught me about beauty when I was growing up.
Number One: Less Is More
My mother has never been the sort to pile on products, preferring to stick with a tinted moisturiser, multi-purpose colour stick and brow pencil when she fancies wearing makeup. If she’s heading out on the town, so to speak, she might throw some sheer lipstick and some face powder into the mix, but that’s about it. She doesn’t wear makeup every day, only when she fancies it. As a teenager, piling foundation on to cover my acne and adding multiple layers of mascara, I couldn’t understand why she wanted to look so natural. I mean, what’s the point in wearing makeup if you can’t tell you’re wearing it?? However as I’ve grown older and my lifestyle has changed, I don’t have time to wear makeup every day and I’ve really started to understand why my mum stuck with the products she did. Why make an everyday look complicated and sit under heavy, suffocating layers for eight hours a day? It looks and feels much better to stay minimal when you’re running around at work all day. And when it came to skincare she was the same, using a makeup remover, a face wash and a moisturiser morning and night. There was nothing complicated, and she rarely changed up her products, so her skin has stayed calm and even-coloured for the majority of her life. Her routine has inspired me in recent years to calm down on the products and adopt a “less is more” attitude to my daily routine.
Number Two: Wash Your Face
Any time Rowan and I went to bed without taking off our makeup, my mum would recite this rhyme to us as we sat over our Weetabix with panda eyes the morning after:
“Patience is a virtue,
Virtue is a grace,
Grace is a little girl who didn’t wash her face.”
I think her tone of voice was pretty self-explanatory.
Number Three: Moisturise Your Damn Neck
As soon as I hit my twenties, this nugget of wisdom was made abundantly clear to me: moisturise your neck before it is too late. My mum refers to moisturiser as “Stable Door Cream”, as you only realise you need it once it’s already too late. I promise you, she’s not fucking about when it comes to moisturiser. Mama Moon has been moisturising since her twenties and it’s really worked wonders on keeping her skin in great condition. Eye creams have also been recommended, so will refer back once I can vouch for those too.
Number Four: Concealer Is Key
My mum was the first to tell me that contrary to popular belief, spots don’t stop appearing once you hit your twenties, and it’s likely that if you have oily skin, you will always suffer from the occasional bout of adult acne. I can’t say I was thrilled about this revelation. However she did know how to deal with them, and I remember her taking both me and my sister to Boots to pick up a Natural Collection concealer when we started getting spots in our early teens. Thank you, Mama Moon, for initiating me into the magical world of concealer.
Number Five: There Are More Important Things Than Your Face
I’m not sure if this message was delivered to me in as positive a way as the other four, likely by my mum tutting at the money I was spending on products or the immense amount of mascara that I would apply before going out, however the tuts were not followed by any derogatory comment about my appearance. She would always tell me and my sister that we were beautiful girls and she was very proud of how we were not just pretty, but also intelligent and able to achieve anything we put our minds to. She was always keen to impress upon us that beauty was much more than skin deep, which as cliche as it is, is a message I carry with me always. You can wear whatever makeup you want, you can have acne or dry patches or scarring and still be beautiful on the inside and out.