Moms: Many of us wouldn't be alive without 'em. In honor of Mother's Day, a few of us at Glossier HQ took valuable company time to call our moms and interview them about—what else?—their beauty philosophies. These are the women who bought us our first face washes and concealers, so we figured we owed them some form of homage. Please enjoy the following mini Top Shelves. But first, call your mom. And tell her we said Happy Mother's Day:
Karen Kreighbaum, Account Executive, Medical Sales
Mother of Annie Kreighbaum, Executive Editor
"When I was a teenager, my best friend’s Aunt Helen was the most beautiful older woman who I knew. When I found out that she used Erno Lazlo, it became my beauty routine at 16. I didn’t want to age like the other moms! I use to take off my eye makeup, and then I wash my face with the , rinsing with the . At night I apply the Phelityl Lotion mixed with under my eyes and on my lips, but during the day, I've started wearing . My makeup starts with a dusting of . I use in Brown on my brows. I always apply , and then with in Demolition and . My blush is in Powder Pink. On my lips, I'm addicted to and use it with to add color. That’s it."
DonnaMarie Portale, Designer,
Mother of Eva Alt, Social Media Editor
"Since I've retired from teaching and now work at home, my morning routine is very simple. I wash my face with in the morning. I'll put on as a serum, and then I put on because it has a light SPF. If I'm going out, I use my , , and . I'm a girl and my go-to color is Raisin. At night I use Milky Jelly again to wash my face, and then I love to use an oil Eva gave me called . I also use an . I love Arbonne products and sometimes use their which has an SPF of 20. If I know I'm going to be outside all day I use . Sunscreen is very important!"
Karen Kilbane, Instructor
Mother of Brennan Kilbane, Editorial Assistant
"My beauty philosophy is not about looking younger, it's about looking good for my age. Cleansing well is really important to me. I use the in the shower, and then I apply on a cotton ball all over my face and neck. You have to take care of your neck just like your face! Then I put on also on my face and neck, followed by . I don't wear full foundation, just . My cheeks are red so I don't need blush, but I'll put on a little . On my lips I like in Brown or in Party Parrot for summer [ed note: Party Parrot is no more, but Flocking Fabulous is close and even punnier]. But something I also like to do is layer in Wonder over . Putting an orange-y gloss over a darker lipstick is a good look."
Pam Johnson, Retired Financial Executive and Attorney
Mother of Kim Johnson, Community Manager
"My beauty routine is pretty simple. I cleanse my face with my favorite Glossier product—. It feels so yummy on the skin and smells amazing. At night, I remove my makeup with . I love the 'night calming' variety. They have a beautiful relaxing scent. As I’ve matured I’ve found that my skin tends to be very dry, so I’m always looking for a moisturizer that'll hydrate without leaving my skin feeling greasy. My new favorite face moisturizer is —I love the texture and that it has SPF. If my hair needs some extra hydration, I'll put in a few drops of argan oil at night before I go to bed. Once I’ve cleansed, moisturized and applied my makeup, I spray on a little and I’m ready for the day!"
Anne Knebl, Attorney
Mother of Claire Knebl, Senior Manager, Marketing, Content & Campaign Strategy
"I've used for so long. I have vitiligo in places—a lack of pigment—and the Dermablend does a great job of covering and adding color. Then I use on my nose or anywhere where there's redness, which smoothes out my complexion. On my cheeks I like using this that I bought at Ulta—I read on ITG that cream blushes look more natural than powders. I also use the on my eyes. I like the matte tones but will add a little sparkle at the corners sometimes. As far as skincare, I wear sunscreen every day, which I started doing when I was younger. Back then, I neglected my forearms and jawline though, and now I have some age spots there. Wear sunscreen every day! And wear it on your arms too—don’t be like me. Every night, I use a little retinol, that's a must. That and the . It smells like delicious citrus."
Rachel Ferber, Board Member,
Mother of Emily Ferber, Editor
"Both my hair and skin routines focus on moisture. I dealt with acne for a long time, but now I find that a good moisturizer makes my face feel and look better. I try to apply right after bathing, and I follow with . If I'm feeling really dry, I'll use , but a light layer. I never actually sleep in a mask—I prefer using them during the day. My hair is unprocessed and salt-and-pepper gray—and I love . It's purple, which is frightening, but it enhances my blue-gray natural color and makes my hair more manageable. On days when I don't use it, I apply pure argan oil to my hair right after towel drying. I need something light for control, and works really well."
Patricia Newton, Teacher
Mother of Tom Newton, New Media Editor & Photographer
"My skin is slightly oily, so I wash my face morning and night with —that takes my makeup off and really deeply cleanses my skin. I've been using it for 40 years! Then I use for moisturizer every day with SPF. I've used that for 30 years, and I'll keep using it, because I don't have as many wrinkles as I could at my age. Fancy designer stuff irritates my skin, but I do use a . I also put foundation on, , just to cover redness a bit. Then , I've used that forever, too. The only lip balm I'll use is . I wash my hair with and I color my hair with every three weeks. I don't want to go grey because it makes me look older, and I don't want to look older."
—as told to ITG
Photos via our moms.