You could use apps to find tips on skin care or hairstyles. Or you could rely on the surprisingly accurate beauty tips you received from an older, reliable source: your mom. It may be painful to admit, but when it comes to skin care, makeup applications and hair care, sometimes moms do know best.
Always wear sunscreen - Some moms learned this the hard way. It was not uncommon 30 or more years ago for women to sunbathe after applying a mixture of baby oil and iodine. All those years of skin damage caught up to some of our moms. They wisely passed on the advice to wear sunscreen daily.
Choosing a tinted moisturizer with SPF of at least 15 is an easy way to protect the delicate skin on your face. Look for products labeled both broad spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection advises the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Leave that pimple alone- Mom might have wondered what you were doing in the bathroom all that time. She would pop her head in and remind you to "stop picking at that pimple." Mom was right. "Popping and squeezing pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts tends to make acne worse. Trying to get rid of a pimple by popping or picking also can lead to scarring, which can be permanent," according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It's better to give acne treatments time to work, and wait out the blemish.
Wash your face before bed- Mom may have reminded you not to wait until your morning shower to wash your face. During the day your makeup, sweat, oil, dirt and dry skin cells accumulate on your face. If you don't wash them off, they can irritate your pores. "Don't let a 12-hour period go by without using some sort of treatment or product on your skin (sunscreen counts)," advises the American Academy of Dermatology.
Nightly face washing goes hand-in-hand with brushing your teeth before bed.
* Cleanse face with warm water and a cleanser, gently.
* Rinse and pat dry.
* Remember to moisturize.
Match your eye shadow to your coloring not your clothes - This one goes back to the days when we all received our first multi-colored eye shadow kits. All of those bright and bold colors begged us to be used. If your chic mom discoed in the 70s or went to a Madonna concert in the 80s, she was no stranger to bright blue eye shadow or mascara. This may be a case of moms telling us to "do as I say not as I do."
Blue, green or purple eye shadow colors do not look good on everyone. Know which hues work for your natural day look, work look, and evening look before you go wild with color. Then you can embrace the trend of bold metallic and deep "tattoo" hues. Experiment with colors using an app like Glamzy.
Get the hair out of your face - It's a completely Ally Sheedy in "The Breakfast Club" moment, when you realize how much better your face looks when it's not covered by hair. Bangs will always work best on some face shapes, but hair that is obscuring pretty eyebrows or attractive cheekbones needs to go.
* Ask your trusted stylist to update your look for the season.
* Accessorize your hair with headbands, scarves and clips that keep the hair off your face.
* Try braiding small portions of the front and side portions of your hair, leaving the rest loose, for a cute style.