3 Beauty Tips From 3 Generations

What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever learned? I don’t know about you but I always find it interesting to hear other people’s answers to that question. If you’d asked me when I was 12 I probably would have had a hilarious answer involving sparkly eyeshadow but at 22, I feel like I’ve learnt a fair amount of beauty tips and I’m curious what I’ll have learned 50 years from now…. (because I’m assuming that at 72 I’ll be rocking some fierce makeup skills). Until then, I wanted to go through three generations of women in my family and ask, what’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever learned?


-Me, 22 years old

In my teen years I really used to struggle with breakouts and I think half the problem was that I had long fingernails and couldn’t control myself when it came to picking at my skin (gross but true). I also had a fringe back then and it didn’t help the situation because I was constantly touching my face throughout the day when I was trying to adjust my hair.
“Don’t touch your face or you’ll break out” they said, “Don’t pick your spots or you’ll get scars” they said. Yeah, they were right. Don’t touch your face (within reason) if you can help it, just don’t. Your skin will thank you later.

-My Mum, 52 years old

When she was younger my Mum used to think that you basically just slapped makeup on and that was it, no blending, no nothing. Cue the foundation lines and the un-blended eyeshadow, it hurts my soul just to think about it. Now while I haven’t witnessed pictures of this for myself I can imagine it was pretty bad. After a fair amount of prompting she said that she read in a magazine that you should always blend your makeup really well and that’s when things clicked for her (and I can safely say that she’s been blending ever since!).

-My Nonna, 87 years old young

My Nonna isn’t into beauty by any means but I could really learn a thing or two from her when it comes to keeping up a routine of moisturising and nourishing your skin. Every day and night, without fail she moisturises her hands and body with just a Nivea moisturiser and she’s been doing this for as long as I can remember. She’s 87 and her skin is always soft and smooth, meanwhile I’m 22 and my hands are dry like the Sahara desert. So it goes to show, you don’t have to have any kind of a fancy or expensive moisturiser, sometimes it’s all just about keeping up a routine and sticking with it.

Now I’d love to know, what’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever learned?


121 comments so far.

121 responses to “3 Beauty Tips From 3 Generations”

  1. Never sleep with your makeup on, clean your face properly and moisturize are the best beauty tips that I ever learned. I swear it's the reason why my skin is pretty good for my age.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  2. I love this post babe! My favourite tip is definitely to always moisturise – hated it when I was younger but now that I'm older I thank my mum every day for instilling it in me!

    Ashleigh x

  3. Julia Bluhm says:

    This is such a nice idea for a post, and really unique way of framing beauty advice! The best makeup advice, for me, has been to always take off your makeup before bed and also (like you mentioned) don't touch your face. I've struggled with break outs throughout my whole life, so I always try to do whatever I can to decrease the possibility of acne.
    Julia || Julia in Bluhm

    • Thank you! I was hoping people hadn't seen a post like this before πŸ™‚

      I agree that with acne especially taking off makeup is crucial! And making sure you actually remove all the makeup is another big one as well.

  4. Phoebe says:

    Love this post, it's really interesting to hear things from the perspective of different generations. Are all the women in your family as beautiful as you?
    My biggest makeup aha moment was when I used bioderma on my face after I had washed it 3 times with my regular expensive cleanser and discovered that there was still a lot of makeup there! My tip would be to use a good makeup remover for your face as so many cleansers don't actually get the makeup off.

  5. What a lovely post!xx
    My mother always said to me when I apply moisturizers be gentle with my skin and always make sure you going up that way you prevent wrinkle formation (and she is nearly 47 and looks like 32 gosh I hope I have her genes!).
    The one I know for fact, when I wash my hair I don't rub hair fibers into each other, because that leads to the split ends formation, instead gently apply conditioner.


  6. Such a lovely post. I definitely agree with never touching your face!

    Kirsty | http://www.kirsty.ws

  7. I love all of these tips! And how they come from three generations, what a clever way to look at beauty tips over the years. Drinking lots of water is probably the best beauty tip I've learned that I try to follow as much as I can =o)


  8. Great post idea this 3 generation discussion. I would tell my young self the exact same thing when it comes to touching my face and getting scars, although now I've discovered Bi-Oil, a product which I love for its face-scar-disappearing magic!
    Margaux ・ bonjourwhite.com

  9. Jayd Alice says:

    This is such a fab post idea! The best beauty tip I ever learned was from my Nanna who taught me how to get the perfect brow shape yourself at home – in the long run it's saved me time and money by doing my brows myself instead of having them done at a salon! x

    Always, Alice

  10. Megan Marie says:

    These are some really good tips and I think it's a great idea that you have written it from the perspective of 3 different generations. That's really unique πŸ™‚

    Megan / http://www.meganmarieblogs.blogspot.co.uk

  11. veebz boo says:

    I love this idea for a blog post so, so much! It's such a unique idea, I haven't seen it anywhere. I definitely agree with your tip about not touching your face. I try my very best not to, as I definitely used to do the same thing as you in my teens and pick haha. Both your Mum and Nonna have great tips as well. I agree, beauty tips don't have to be fancy at all! I would say that daily moisturising is a key beauty tip for me. Also when removing my make-up or drying my face after washing it, I only use patting motions – basically I never drag my skin lol!

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  12. Katie Mills says:

    My aunt, who's in her fifties or sixties now, also thinks moisturizing is really important! She always advises me to moisturize everywhere, down the neck, on the chest, literally everywhere to prevent aging.


  13. This is such a cute idea to ask your mum and Nonna. It's so funny because makeup and skincare has come such a long way in recent years, even the formulations that were available when our mums were first learning about makeup are completely different to the way they are now. I've found that my mum feels safer sticking with brands like Estee Lauder and Clarins that she's used for years but it's really fun because as I've gotten more into makeup and skincare in the last few years I've helped her discover a lot of new products and a new way of taking care of her skin and we've really bonded over it. πŸ™‚


    • Makeup really has come such a long way. I remember playing with my mums makeup when I was younger and it's so different to what we have on the markets now.

      That's so lovely to hear that you and your mum have bonded over that! I always give my mum new recommendations as well but I have to admit she's already pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new makeup and skincare items!

  14. Yiotou_La says:

    ''Wear sunscreen, 365 days a year'' -Yiota, your friend, 36 years old!

    This is the best advice ever given to me and in my 20's I didn't think this was important but ten years later I say 'Use your sunscreen daily'!!!


  15. I absolutely adore this post lovely, it's always so interesting to see tips from different generations. All my nan does is moisturise too and she looks fab! I'd say stick with the spf, so important.


  16. Love the idea of this post girl! We always look to people our age for beauty advice, but we forget that our parents and grandparents have been looking after their skin and into a beauty regime WAY longer than we have! I would also advice not to touch your face; when I was a teenager I used to do it ALL the time (I think it was a sub conscious thing to be honest) but it used to give me terrible breakouts as my skin is already oily!

    Hayley xo

  17. this post is just super cute! i totally love the idea of bringing your mother and grandma into this beauty post! thank u so much for sharing!!! <3 <3 <3

    my beauty tip would be moisturizing, moisturizing, moisturizing – my skin can get very dry, so this is the most important part for me πŸ˜‰



  18. Hale Saaw says:

    I know I really need to start moisturising my face more, but I'm only 16 and I'm worried it's going to make me break out!
    Aleeha xXx

    • I think it just depends on your skin type and what moisturiser you use, but if you're really worried at least moisturise the rest of your body- that definitely can't make your face break out!

  19. Gabrielle says:

    This is such a cute post – and helpful too! Not touching your face is such a good tip and one that rings true all throughout your life (or so I've heard!) πŸ™‚


  20. I love this post, such a cute idea!

    My mama always swears by toner – apparently it's a skin saviour πŸ™‚ xo

    Edition Emmagrace

  21. The no touching the face one is soooo hard but so true! Since I've been working from home, I keep finding myself resting my cheek on my hands and now I've got all new breakouts right in those spots. I think I'll have to start letting my neck do its job!

    I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    xoxo Alison

  22. Priya Puri says:

    I'm loving the different perspectives here. My grandma always had great skin soft too. And all she did was put almond oil or Nivea everyday. Maybe because they don't put so many products on their skin, it's actually better!
    x Priya

  23. Hannah says:

    Love the idea of this post and loved reading it! Definitely agree with never touching your face, I used to do it all the time as a teenager and I broke out loads!

    Hannah x

  24. Beckie says:

    I love this post! It's so sweet! I'm an absolute nightmare for not touching my face – its definitely a contributing factor to my acne!


  25. Love this post and I really wish I wouldn't have touched my face in my late teenage years because I definitely caused some scarring that I can still see today. Ugh. πŸ™‚

    Also, probably one of the best beauty secrets (that I was actually able to turn into a business) was my aunt who was a hair dresser telling me to sleep on a satin pillowcase a few years ago to help prevent breakage and hair loss she was noticing after I was using the straightening iron way too much! πŸ™‚


    • Yeah me too, it's frustrating because I know I would have way less scars if I just didn't touch my face back then.

      The satin pillowcase sounds great, I have one silk pillowcase and I always feel so spoilt when I use it.

  26. These are great tip! I have the blending and moisturizing down, but I constantly touch my face through out the day. I need to stop that!

  27. Karen Kana says:

    Awesome tips here! I enjoyed reading this, especially the different perspectives…need to stop touching my face!thanks for sharing,xx

    Karen| http://www.chocolatyprints.com

  28. These three tips are the best! I'm always thinking about these.
    Another tip that makes such a big difference is to drink more water. It helps a lot with purifying the face!

    Laura | https://furiouslychic.blogspot.ch/

  29. Dana Nicola says:

    I was once told by the most fabulously young look 78 year old to never skimp on your moisturiser, that its your best friend in keeping your skin looking young and fresh, and she did not look 78 so i definitely trust her word, your nonna is on to something there!

    Great post sweet xx
    Dana | fashiondew.co.uk

  30. Great post idea! The best tip I've ever been told is to never sleep with my makeup on and to always go to bed with a clean, moisturised face. I've also been told that you are never too young to start using an eyecream, which I think is very true. The skin around your eyes ages so quickly and easily, keeping the moisture in your skin around your eyes is so important. Thanks for sharing!

    xxxx from Emily // http://www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

  31. Ah I loved this post. What a great idea, taking tips from the women in your family…I'd have to agree with your Nonna and say to always moisturise…I'd also like to add to that one and say always take off makeup too. πŸ˜€

    Samio x

  32. I definitely need to keep an eye on the whole 'don't touch your face' half the time i don't even realise i do it


  33. Elle Sees says:

    Sunscreen and don't sleep on your side! NEW post DIY Pumpkin Spice Highlighter

  34. This post is cute due to your Noona and mom giving their advice! Super cute, and I absolutely agree on all of that was written, I used to always touch my face to feel if I have any new breakouts and lets just say that that did not help! ALSO, this is a trick that my aunt actually taught me, when you go to sleep make sure that you tie your hair up in a bun so that the dirt in your hair doesn't get to your face. I'm not sure if that actually works but I've done it ever since! Great post πŸ™‚ xx



    • Yeah I think that's the hard thing with trying not to touch your face, you want to touch it so much more when you actually have breakouts!

      Ooo I heard that tip too a few years ago and I tie my hair up every night now too πŸ™‚

  35. Amber Baker says:

    This is such a cute idea, and all three pieces of advice are pretty important! Moisturizing is probably the most important advice I've ever received as well.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  36. Cara E says:

    this was such an interesting post, I definitely agree with all of you <3 especially about moisturising!

  37. Awww I love that you got your mum and grandma involved, so lovely! They're definitely good tips. I always try to make sure I moisturize but I do slip up once in a while though!

  38. Moisturize and SPF are vital. Especially the later. Nothing does more harm to our skin than the suns rays.


  39. This is such a sweet post! I totally agree that moisturize and SPF are so important!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  40. Rochelle Fox says:

    Such an interesting. Love this post!
    Good vibes, FOX
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  41. Liz Hammond says:

    Blending and moisturizing are such important tips.

  42. funny that my mom and grandma said the same thing years ago! if anything, is to take care your skin well and it will reward you with perfect base to apply any kind of makeup on.

  43. Do not touch your face and never sleep with the makeup on are some of the things I learnt and tbh I still keep doing it once in awhile. Years ago, beauty was simple. Most of the people only used soaps and one basic moisturiser and their skin still looked perfect, keeping things simple is also important.

    Ela BellaWorld

  44. Lauren says:

    I love this post it's really interesting to see their answers, some good tips your mum and nan gave too!

    Lauren x | http://www.huggled.co.uk/

  45. Such a great idea for a post, I really need to stop touching my face so much.


  46. Take care of your skin, it is the canvas. My mother, looking lovely at 66. And: Do whatever you like, it is your face. My mother again.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  47. Audrey says:

    For me it's always to cleanse thoroughly. Triple cleanse, after applying heavy make-up, even. And then stick to a proper skincare routine and don't be lazy. I love that last tip! Always important to moisturize to keep the skin hydrated!


  48. Audrey Lin says:

    omg when I was little, I thought moisturizing was so annoying, and now I wish that I had done it more! I still tell myself not to touch my face πŸ˜› -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  49. Ah how cute is this post!!! I absolutely love it and it's so nice to see the difference of advice! I love it πŸ™‚
    Hope you're well and having a wonderful week hun! πŸ™‚

    Layla xx


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  51. This is such a lovely post – and do you know what? My top tip would be moisturising regularly so I think your grandma is right!!

    Charlotte x

  52. Hello! πŸ™‚

    Such a nice and creative post with great tips! I think that my first advice would be to always feel beautiful, even without makeup! This is the most important thing for me… and of course taking care of yourself by eating well and being active πŸ™‚

    I'm really happy I found your blog, see you in your next posts!

    Federica | federicamutti.com

  53. Arianne says:

    I still touch my face even though I know I shouldn't. It's a hard habit to break! As for me, I'd say spend money on skincare more than makeup itself. If you don't have good skin, no amount of makeup could make you feel good long-term.


  54. Daniela says:

    I love this post! I have to see "don't touch your face" is definitely one of the better things I've learned. We can spread so many germs and cause congestion unnecessarily!

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

  55. Hannah says:

    This is such a lovely post! And great tips x


  56. Anonymous says:

    Such a great article. Really good tips regardless of your age. I still struggle with not touching my face even though I know I shouldn't.

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

  57. Mia Ethan says:

    When there are minor problems for my skin, I may get some ointments from the drugstore. I guess quite a number of you do this as well. Beauty care tips

  58. Agreed! My mom always told me not to touch my face and my Nam had a beautiful skin at the very mature age. She always moisturised with good old Nivea Cream and Olive Oil πŸ™‚ x

  59. Lovely post i liked all three beauty tips. Basic skincare is more important than makeup. If you don't have good skin no makeup will give a change.


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