Generational beauty

08 May 2013

Few underestimate the influence a mother has on a child. Glamorous Poppy King, founder of Lipstick Queen, believes this to be true of the world of beauty, ‘Often, what we love in beauty and fashion will be influenced by our mothers. The scent she wore to a glamorous party, the clothes, how she does her hair – all of those things leave indelible marks on the memories of little girls who look up to their mother as the most beautiful woman in the world.’
Tatcha founder Victoria Tsai’s passion for skincare began at an early age when her mother shared traditional Asian skincare treatments that were sold in the family’s beauty boutique. As a mother now herself Vicky tells her daughter that ‘the most important thing is to have a beautiful heart and a beautiful mind; everything else fades.’

Similarly, Poppy King feels she owes the birth of Lipstick Queen to her mother, having developed her love for lipstick as a child experimenting with her mother’s make-up bag. Poppy, credits her mother with another important beauty lesson, ‘One thing my mother has taught me is to be happy in my own skin. One can never be happy if you’re constantly trying to change everything and be someone else. Be yourself and love who you are!’

Francis Kurkdjian from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, has turned a lasting memory of his mother into one of his sublime signature scents, Pour le Matin. ‘My mother used to use Eau de Cologne in the morning by pouring the liquid on a washcloth and rubbing her body with it,’ Francis explains.

Margaret de Heinrich of Hungarian beauty brand Omorovicza hopes to encourage her daughters towards ‘natural beauty’ when they are older. ‘For this, grooming one’s eyebrows always makes such a difference as does having flawless skin – so regular facials are a must,’ elaborates Margaret.

Mother of four, Terry de Gunzburg, founder of make-up brand By Terry, is passing the same beauty secret her mother gave her on to her daughters and granddaughters, ‘Never go to bed without deep cleaning your face. It is the secret to having healthy and young skin throughout the years.’

The beauty business founders all agreed that the perfect Mother’s Day gift should be ultra-luxurious and thoroughly indulgent. ‘As a mom, we spend so much time focusing on our loved ones, that it's nice to take a few moments just to do something good for yourself. I would definitely recommend our Gingko Leaf Repairing Face Treatment Face Pads for a quick, but effective beauty treatment.’ says Wei Brian, whose company Wei Beauty uses natural eastern remedies and beauty secrets that have been passed down from mother to daughter for over 5000 years.
‘Mother's Day is about the family taking a moment to appreciate everything mothers do for others,’ says Margaret de Heinrich from Omorovicza. ‘As time for yourself and pampering are two things you probably wish you had more of, why not give or receive a fabulous mask and give yourself a mini-facial at home…I love the Instant Plumping Cream and Deep Cleansing Mask.’

Victoria Tsai from Tatcha agrees, ‘Face masks are the perfect gift. It’s like enjoying a spa treatment at home, and they often feel too luxurious to purchase for yourself. Plus, nothing says “I love you” more than a mask that makes you look like a character from a horror film. My daughter runs away and hides when she sees me in a mask!’

For new mothers Maria Hatzistefanis, founder of Rodial and mother of two sons, recommends Bee Venom Eye, ‘It’s the ideal product for new mums who need a little help with eye bags and dark circles!’

And finally, Terry de Gunzburg suggests giving what she describes as the ‘Rolls Royce of lip care’, By Terry’s Baume de Rose. “The rich buttery lip balm made of essential rose wax is the perfect gift because it is like offering your mother millions of roses and kisses!’