Beauty lessons we learned from our moms

When I was little one of my favorite things to do was to sit on my mom’s bed and watch her put makeup on. She’d have electric curlers in her hair-- the kind that you’d secure with rubber-tipped wire clips. I’d get to hold her mascara, blush, and eye shadow and hand them over like a nurse assisting a doctor. She’d dispense tips as she applied each one. And now, when I put my makeup on, with my own daughters watching intently, I love to pass on her lessons. To celebrate our moms and all that we've learned from them, we asked our Facebook friends to share their mom's best piece of fashion or beauty advice. See what they had to say, and then share yours with us on Twitter!

It’s amazing how much of our moms' early advice sticks with us, isn’t it? Here are some time-tested mother-suggested tips from our Facebook community:

• Never go to sleep with your makeup on

Always hit the pillow with clean skin. Makeup clogs your pores, which can lead to breakouts. If you’re too tired to wash your face, keep makeup remover cloths on your bedside table so you have no excuse not to clean up.

• Mix high and low fashion

Each season, invest in one or two designer pieces and fill out the rest of your wardrobe with affordable basics from mass-market retailers.

• Always start with moisturizer

When your skin is well-hydrated, your makeup will look better. My mom always used Olay as a base -- I remember loving the pale pink bottle it used to come in. Today Olay Complete Moisturizer with UVA protection is her favorite as she's adamant about wearing sunscreen at all times. 

• Rub upwards when applying cream to your face

You want to lift your skin, not help it go the way of gravity! Every little bit helps.

• Don’t be afraid of liquid eyeliner

It may look tricky, but with a little practice, lining the upper lash line with black liquid eyeliner makes your eye appear larger and brighter.

• Indulge in a scalp massage

It certainly feels fantastic and rubbing oil into your scalp increases blood circulation to the area so your hair follicles get more nutrients.

For some more beauty inspiration, check out the beauty lesson Carrie Underwood learned from her mom!

And for even more fabulous mother-daughter duos, see how they've made teaching beauty by example -- inside and out -- part of their bond.

Let’s keep the beauty conversation going! Share your mom’s best beauty tips with us on Twitter using the hashtag #beautybymom or post on our Facebook wall.

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