Beauty Tips My Mother Taught Me
Camilla Freeman-Topper, Camilla and Marc designer “My mum always said, ‘Don't pluck your eyebrows, you will regret it!’ Of course, I didn’t listen and for five years from my mid teens I over-plucked them and have spent the last 10 years trying to grow them back. I did pay attention when she told me to always clean my face thoroughly and remove all makeup before going to sleep to ensure my pores were clear to breathe during the night. In hindsight I can see she actually gave me excellent beauty advice, hopefully my daughters will listen when I pass her words of wisdom onto them!”
Natalie Bloom, founder of Bloom Cosmetics, (pictured above) “When I think back, I can definitely trace my love affair with all things beauty to my mother. She taught me to cherish the ritual of applying makeup. I recall watching her with fascination as a little girl as she applied it meticulously before going out. She never left the house without an impeccably made up face. Now, no matter how much or little time I have, I relish that precious moment in my day.”
Annalise Braakensiek, model and actress, (pictured above) "My mum’s beauty regimen was and is one of natural simplicity. No makeup, no fuss - just a biodynamic meat-free diet and biodynamic products such as Dr Hauschke and Weleda. I still use Weleda toothpaste (even if it’s salty!) and bath oils and Dr Hauschke body products. I eat an organic meat-free diet, and use DMK face products … so I guess her tips and beauty regimen have stayed with me!”
Catriona Rowntree, Getaway presenter, (pictured above) "On my 13th Birthday, Mum gave me the same gift she'd given to my two older sisters, a little skin care pack from Elizabeth Arden. It was a very special rite of passage at the time, however the lesson Mum was trying to pass on to her three daughters is that one of the best things you can do for your skin is to keep it clean and lightly moisturised. Of course there were the other mantras whilst growing up: don't squeeze, don't pluck and when it comes to fattening food 'a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips'. Go Mum!"
Bridget McCall, Bec & Bridge designer, (pictured above) "I don’t recall seeing my mother leave the house ever without red lipstick. Nor do I ever recall her not having the fiery red hair she still has today at 67. She looks amazing for her age. For a quick and easy way to make skin glow, she told my two sisters and I when growing up to combine brown sugar with olive oil to massage all over skin to exfoliate. Then to finish, a long soak in a bath to de-stress and let the day's worries melt away. My mum has a bath every day and believes this is as good as meditation to clear the mind and refresh the body. I do agree with her that by taking the time out of a busy day to relax you'll work more productively under pressure."
Carissa Walford, Channel [V] presenter, (pictured above) “Since I remember, my mum always taught me to wear sunscreen everyday. This was when I was in my teens so it went straight in one ear and out the other. When I got out of my teens though, suddenly all her nagging and annoying lectures about wearing SPF sunk in and I realised I had to start wearing it to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. I think I started pretty early, considering, and I can only hope in years to come it really has taken years off.”
Elke Kramer, jewellery designer, (pictured above) "I remember my Mum having a really simple, non-fussy beauty regime. But I recall her looking most amazing after a freshwater ocean swim. She has always been a big ocean swimmer and I love the way her skin glowed after getting out of the salt water. We both have the same wild curls so she has handed me a range of her tried and tested remedies to help to tame the frizz. Everything from olive oil to Coca Cola (which was big in the 60s!) but these days we both use Aveda products and they really work wonders."