Experts Share the Best Beauty Advice They Received from Grandma

Natasha Burton

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Age before beauty? Not so fast. Some of the best beauty advice top beauty experts have ever received came from—but of course—their wise old grandmothers. Read on for the sage wisdom our favorite skin, hair, and makeup gurus got from Grandma, and perhaps consider putting these tips in action yourself.

Play Up Your Scent
“Be sure to put a little perfume behind your ears and on your wrists daily. Create a signature scent that will always leave people pleasantly remembering you—scent is our strongest sensory, so it’s only natural to play up yours! She also suggested to lather up daily with lotion to hydrate the skin from top to bottom to help keep the skin looking young.” — Achelle Dunaway, creative director and professional makeup artist for e.l.f. Cosmetics

Never Underestimate the Power of Looking Good
“Growing up in my grandmother’s beauty salon, I observed how a woman would come in to her salon feeling down and would leave glowing, both inside and out. I never underestimate how powerful looking good can positively affect a women’s self-esteem. She also taught me to wear lipstick daily. She was never much into eye makeup but, without fail, she always wore her red, pink, or coral on her lips.” — Dallas-based celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau

Beer is Beautiful
“My 87-year-old grandmother’s beauty secret is using beer as a setting lotion. She loves how it makes her hair fuller and shinier. Plus, she takes a few sips while she’s setting her hair, ensuring a good night’s sleep!” — Hair artist Edwin Fontanez, owner of Cielo salon in Cleveland, OH

Always Wash Your Face at Night
“My grandmother always told me to wash your face before going to bed, no matter what. It was great advice to remove dirt and debris from the skin. Also, eye makeup left on overnight can be really irritating, leading to red, bloodshot eyes in the morning.” — Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
“Always moisturize both your face and your nails and cuticles. My grandmother uses Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Lotion and says ‘if it’s good for babies’ skin, it’s good for my skin.’”— Celebrity colorist Rita Hazan, owner of the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City

Make Your Cleansing Count
“One of the skin care tips my grandmother gave me that I still use to this day is how to maximize the benefits of your face cleanser. Start off with warm water to open up the pores for a deep cleanse, then finish with a cold water rinse to tighten up the pores again to lock in all of the nutrients and reduce the appearance of large pores for maximum radiance.” — Kat Burki, founder and CEO of Kat Burki Skincare

Don’t Go Dry
“My grandma taught me not to completely dry my face and body after the shower. She lightly pats off the drips and lets the moisture absorb into her skin. She also carries a spray bottle of rose water and glycerin and if she feels her skin getting dry she gives her face a quick spray. This tip isn’t best for everyone, as it feels a bit sticky and can alter makeup, but I use it when I am on airplanes and it works amazingly to keep my skin from getting too dry.” — Celebrity makeup artist Lindsey Rivera, who’s worked with Alanis Morisette and Kevin Hart

Stay Out of the Sun
“My grandmother was from Mexico and she always wore loads of sunscreen, which was unusual for that time period. Most people would be tanning poolside, but she was always in the shade with big sunglasses and a hat. She actually looked like an older version of Sofia Loren!” — Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection

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