Gabriella's Cosmetics #LipstickLuminaries

A Mother's Day Feature

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Women the world over have always had a most trusted source for beauty advice: their mothers, whose thoughtful anecdotes and pearls of wisdom have shaped many a beauty regimen. These words of advice, handed down from mother to daughter, ensure confidence is instilled as each daughter becomes an empowered woman.

Ahead of Mother's Day, Gabriella's Cosmetics invited four women shining brightly in their respective fields, the #LipstickLuminaries, who are also mothers of girls, to share beauty advice between generations.

Lisa McIntosh Aris — mother to one daughter, designer and celebrity hairstylist at House of Neah Lis

Under The Dryer (UTD): What was your mom's best beauty advice (a) for the face and (b) for the lips?

Lisa McIntosh-Aris (LMA): “I was a tomboy growing up and wasn't into make-up until much later. For my face though, she always told me to keep it natural, don't overkill, and for my lips — bold and natural!”

(UTD): Complete the sentence: Lipstick is …

LMA: “... bold and beautiful!”

UTD: Does make-up empower women?

LMA: “Yes, I believe it does as, depending on how it is used, it can build confidence leading to empowerment.”

Karen Clarke (KC) - mother to one daughter, CEO, An Elegant Affair & YVAs conceptualiser

UTD: What was your mom's best beauty advice (a) for the face and (b) for the lips?

KC: “My mom's best beauty advice to me was to be proud of the skin I am in. As a little girl I used to always try on her clothes and her make-up like all little girls do. She always told me how beautiful I was and also that you should wear a smile to lift your face.”

UTD: What is the best beauty advice you share with your daughter?

KC: “I tell her that true beauty comes from within and comes from confidence. Popping lips make it happen!” (laughs)

UTD: Complete the sentence: Lipstick is …

KC: “... an enhancement, whether matte or gloss, of the beauty of the smile.”

UTD: Does make-up empower women?

KC: “No. I am empowered by who I am. When I am fully made up then I have a sense of “I got this!”

Novlet Deans (ND) - mother to one daughter and GM, Corporate Affairs at ARC Manufacturing

UTD: What was your mom's best beauty advice (a) for the face and (b) for the lips?

ND: (a) For the face “During my teenage years, my mom would exclaim - “Do not wear any make-up because you do not need to!”

(b) For the lips “Remember to put some Vaseline on your lips!”

UTD: What is the best beauty advice you share with your daughter?

ND: “Clean your face of all make-up before you go to sleep.”

UTD: Complete the sentence: Lipstick is …

ND: ... a woman's best friend.

UTD: Does make-up empower women?

ND: I could use a couple pages of this publication to write about this. I don't believe that wearing make-up empowers women. However, I believe that it takes an empowered woman to wear make-up and be confident doing so.

Alysia White (AW) — mother of two daughters (with a third on the way), and AVP Group Marketing, Sagicor Jamaica

UTD: What was your mom's best beauty advice (a) for the face and (b) for the lips?

AW: “For my face, my mom always says “take care of the skin under the make-up, Alysia! A beautiful face starts with beautiful skin.” “For my lips - “Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise! No lipstick can hide dry cracked lips!”

UTD: What is the best beauty advice you share with your daughter?

AW: My daughters Nyla and Amaris are 3 and 8 years, respectively. Believe it or not, they are NOT too young for beauty advice! They have actually given me a few nuggets, too, when I am going through my routine in the mornings, especially as it relates to the choice of lipstick colour. We get a real kick out of those mother/daughter moments! My constant reminder to them both, though, is that they are beautiful human beings. I don't mind playing dress-up and talking about outward beauty but I tend to focus on the nurture and care of their beautiful spirits right now.

UTD: Complete the sentence: Lipstick is … .

AW: “... power!”

UTD: Does make-up empower women?

AW: An empowered woman will always wear her make-up well! I have had first-hand experience though, watching ladies who have never worn make-up a day in their life put an extra pep in their step and have a little lift in their shoulders after they get dolled up for the first time. It's amazing to see! You can't deny that a woman feels a little different when her make-up is correctly applied.

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