This Georgia mom's style philosophy was just like her: anything but boring.
Southern women can find beauty and fashion inspiration many places, but none compare to what a lady can learn from her mom, sisters, and grandmothers. Whether you pick up your mom’s habit of wearing lipstick everywhere, even to the grocery store, or you use the same perfume as your sister, there is sure to be a trace of the women in your family in your daily beauty routine. Rachel Sewell shares the beauty products that her mom, Mary Brooks Sewell, used to get ready for the day, and what she and her sister learned about Southern beauty from watching their mom get ready while they were growing up.
Mary Brooks Sewell
"There was never a dull moment with my mom—she had a lot of wow-factor, or "Shazam!" as she called it. She was a teacher and always got a kick out of telling her students that all of her bold costume jewelry was the real deal. Not only did she collect baubles; she had more than 350 pairs of shoes (all of which she bought on sale) and drawers full of makeup. My sister, Sarah, and I loved watching her sit at her vanity while she would get ready. When she pulled out the curling iron, though, we evacuated to avoid the cloud of hair spray that was soon to follow." —Rachel Sewell, Duluth, Georgia
Go-To Lip Color
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"She had every color of Clinique lipstick available, but soft pinky-mauve was her go-to." Long Last Lipstick in Sugared Maple, $17; nordstrom.com
"Mom had a drawer in her vanity dedicated to just eyeshadow." bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 The Power Neutrals, $40; bareescentuals.com
"My mom would tell me I had "no face" if I didn't define my blond eyebrows. I can still hear her playful scolding." Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil in Classic Blonde, $11; marykay.com
"Every day was a special occasion for Mom, and her hair routine proved it." Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, $13.99; walgreens.com
"She loved this soap because it smells luxurious but is sold at the drugstore." Yardley London Bath Bar in English Lavender, $2; target.com
"Like Mom, I sample as many perfumes as possible. My current favorite is Burberry The Beat." Burberry The Beat Eau de Parfum 75ml, $92; us.burberry.com