The Best Beauty Advice I Ever Received

Women of influence tell BELLA the beautiful words of wisdom that truly left a lasting impression…

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Jasmine C. Leyva

Actress, Filmmaker, Vegan

“Years ago, I was working on a commercial shoot and one of the extras was this stunning woman in her 40s that looked all of 26. She looked at my skin and told me I needed to stop wearing foundation. After our conversation, I stopped trying to enhance my beauty with makeup and started enhancing it with love and care. I walk around the house spraying organic rose water on my face like I’m Cleopatra, I eat foods that nourish my skin, I rarely wear makeup, and as I watch my skin perk up from years of abuse, I fall deeper in love with my natural beauty. That’s the real beauty.”

Jenny Patinkin

Celebrity Makeup Artist + Brand Founder

“When I was a little girl, I loved watching my mom put on her makeup. She had rouge in a container that looked like a lollipop, and she would give it a little swirl on each cheek and then blend. As I grew up and started wearing makeup, my mom would remind me how important it is to have a little color in your cheeks, to look fresh and awake. When my daughters started to wear makeup, I would remind them of the same thing. My mom’s advice always stuck with me, and to this day, cream blush is one of my favorite makeup products.”

Lindsey Catarino

Master Life Coach, MBA

“I’m going to be 43 this year and no one really believes I’m a day over 30. The best beauty advice I ever received was from a beautiful older woman I was on a tour group vacation with. She was the kind of woman that every one notices—she had style, grace, and she looked flawless well into her golden years. She told me to drink hot water with lemon every morning when I wake up. Turns out, it really makes a major impact in your hydration to drink the water warmer. Your skin starts to look softer and younger—you just really glow.”

Aida Bicaj

Celebrity Aesthetician + Skincare Expert

“My mother taught me to never go to bed without washing my face. She stressed the importance of taking care of my skin at a very young age. I always tell my clients that the sooner they start taking care of their skin, the better they can prevent aging. Cleansing your skin is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine. My mother advised me that once a week you must get rid of the dead cells on your body in order to better penetrate products. You need to take care of your body as much as your face. She always said the first signs of aging are your knees, which you need to take care of!”

Katina Mountanos

Mindset Coach + Author of “On Adulting”

“The best beauty advice I ever received is from my (soon-to-be) mother-in-law, who is from Punjab, India. She’s given me so many natural beauty tips over the years, but my favorite one is giving yourself a weekly coconut oil hair massage. It doesn’t need to be fancy—I literally use coconut oil from the supermarket—but it feels indulgent and leaves my hair feeling really nourished.”

Lulu Cordero

CEO + Founder, Bomba Curls

“Show yourself love first. My mom would always say that you’re no good to anyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself first. That meant showing my body love and care by eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods (I actually live a plant-based lifestyle), so that it may thrive. Beauty truly does come from the inside out.”

Shama Hyder

Founder, Zen Media

“My big beauty tip comes directly from Jan Marini, founder of Jan Marini Skincare and skincare goddess to the stars. She told me—the best skincare starts with a customized approach, as in, the best skincare is the one that works for you! It’s why what works for your best friend may not work for you. So while the fundamentals like sunscreen are sacred, what makes your skin truly glow is bound to be unique. Knowing this, I started to second guess myself a lot less!”


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