7 Beauty Lessons My 70-Year-Old Mum Follows That Make Her Look 20 Years Younger
My mom is a celebrity. Kidding. She's totally not. But if you were to check out the hoard of DMs I receive pretty much the second I post a pic of and/or with her, you'd easily assume I'd posted a chummy selfie with Kim and Co. instead. From dozens of heart-eye emoji to inquiries regarding her exact lipstick shade and highlighter, I've become increasingly aware that the people love my mom. I'm biased, of course, but she is pretty fabulous, and I don't balk at the pandemonium she creates. She's A) adorable, B) better at applying eye shadow than I'll ever be, and C) easily looks 20 years younger than her actual age of 70. (Even her doctors say she physically defies the aging process.) I'm pretty positive that is where most of the fascination lies. People consistently refuse to believe she's actually 70 years old.
It's not like my mom doesn't work hard at it, though. She's devoted to taking care of herself by regularly exercising; eating a clean, mostly plant-based diet (she doesn't drink alcohol or consume a stitch of sugar); and religiously wears hats and sunscreen whenever she's out in the sun. Oh, and as far as her makeup know-how, she worked for more than 30 years in the television industry and after retiring eventually honed in on her love of makeup (and the beauty of her fellow baby boomers) by founding Boomer and Beyond Beauty, a business dedicated to educating older women on how to revamp their makeup routines to feel their best and most confident. Working as a makeup artist for 40-plus women, my mom also teaches masterclasses in Arizona (where my parents retired), and she regularly writes up blog posts and contributing articles for websites like Sixty and Me. The woman also has the best collection of makeup and skincare—and that's coming from a 25-year-old beauty editor who can barely see her apartment floor through the masses of product. She's impressive, to say the least, and every single time I go home or talk to her on the phone, I learn something new that I remarkably have never heard before or seen in a PR pitch (which I get hundreds of weekly).
If you've been a reader of MyDomaine's sister site, Byrdie, for a while, you're already aware that I've featured my mom (and my dad!) multiple times—posting everything from the woman's $4 highlighter hack to her review of my very own anti-aging skincare products and virtually everything in between. However, since there's been an overwhelming demand where my mom's collection of makeup tips and beauty lessons is concerned, I decided to grill her for all of her best intel. From the ingenious way she keeps foundation and concealer on her nose (that's not just a Jahns family issue, right?) to how she makes her lips look impeccably full and pillowy (she's never even gone near Botox and filler), here lies her treasure trove of fountain-of-youth beauty lessons. Keep scrolling!
1. Put Eyelid Primer on Your Nose
2. Using a Beautyblender Is the Only Way to Apply Foundation
3. Use Moisturizer to Apply Blush and Highlighter
4. Matte Lipstick Topped With Gloss Is Magic
5. Use White Eyeliner on Your Eyebrows
6. Always Prep Your Powders With Powder
7. Try Navy Mascara for Whiter Eyes