The Best Beauty Products For Your Mom — According To These Editors' Moms

Every May, sons and daughters around the world are faced with an impossible challenge: What gift is worthy of giving to the woman who brought you into the world (and, as my mom used to say, could easily take you out of it, too)?
Mother's Day is a tough holiday — unless, of course, the family members in your life don't play it coy and come right out with what they want. If you work in beauty, you're especially familiar with these women, and there's no better way to show your love than by trekking to Sephora to get them the exact conditioner or mascara they want... or scanning the beauty closet filled with hundreds of others. At the end of the day, though, it's an even exchange: She gave you life; you give her Tom Ford.
Ahead, see the products that beauty editors across the web are always purchasing for the most important women in their lives.
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Photo: Via Khalea Underwood.
"My family teases my mom about her willingness to try any samples that I bring home. She even asked about these glittery lips that I tried out for a Facebook video once — as if she'd really go to work wearing red NYX Face and Body Glitter on her lips. But occasionally, she'll request something more practical, like an eyebrow pencil. I gave her MAC's Brow Sculpt in Stud, which immediately defined the light arches on her beautiful face.

"I've also been having fun with gifting her perfumes, solely because she used to hate mine in high school. Okay, okay... Victoria's Secret body spray isn't necessarily a perfume, and I deserved to get kicked out of the minivan that one morning when I poured it on. To make up for it, I plan on introducing her to a few heavy-hitters: Tom Ford's Oud Fleur, heavy with turkish rose, as well as Byredo's La Tulipe, with freesia and tulip (my mom loves flowers, in case you can't tell). But because she as such a sensitive nose, I'll keep a Philosophy's Amazing Grace on hand... you can never go wrong with that." — Khalea Underwood, Beauty Writer at Refinery29
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"I have a super strong sense of smell. So much so that my family jokes its similar to a dog's nose. Which is probably why some of my favorite memories of my mom revolve around her perfumes. There was her obsession with White Diamonds, then she wore Donna Karan Cashmere Mist for a spell before moving on to Hermés Elixir des Merveilles.

"Now, she's all about Jo Malone: the soaps, the bath oil, and the perfumes. Whenever I smell Orange Blossom, her most consistent Jo Malone scent, on the train, it always make me wish we lived closer (and that I could hug her to smell it myself!). So when I saw Jo Malone introduced a new scent, Nashi Blossom, I knew right away she needed it. Whether she wears it solo, or layers it with Orange Blossom, I look forward to making new memories with her courtesy of this scent." — Channing Hargrove, Fashion Writer at Refinery29
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"My grandma Aggie is a beauty diehard. At 91-years-old, she still applies a full face of makeup with foundation, 'rouge' as she calls it, mascara, and red or fuchsia lipstick. This, despite having advanced arthritis in her hands.

"Her go-to product is Elizabeth Arden’s legendary Eight Hour Cream. I have distinct childhood memories of the red and white tube perched on her vanity, so the apricot-tinged balm has always held a special place in my heart both sentimentally and in practice. I've used it as a basic moisturizer, irritation or burn salve, and overnight lip treatment. I also love slicking it on the lids for a glossy effect — a trick I learned from Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John." — Lauren Valenti, Beauty Writer at Vogue
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“When it comes to products, my mom doesn’t just hit me up for stuff for herself — she always shares with her friends and co-workers, too. But when it comes to skin-care, she doesn’t give them up that easily. I will never forget when I turned 13 and my mom started giving me anti-aging creams and wrinkle prevention methods. She was the one who taught me to rub up when I am moisturizing my face with lotion and to use egg yolk for my DIY facials. Maybe this is why people say my melanin is popping and ask for my skin regimen on a regular? I guess I have her to thank for that!

"When my mom isn’t sending me links to DIY face masks, she is obsessing over this new Shani Darden Skin Care Texture Reform with aloe that keeps her skin hydrated and, what she likes to say, ‘looking young.’” — Nana Agyemang, Associate Content Strategy Editor
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"Without fail, every two to four weeks, my mother will ask me for cleansing wipes. And while she's never been picky about beauty products (the woman doesn't even use conditioner!), she's suddenly a makeup wipe freak.

My mom is also the queen of hairspray — and she won't deny it. Oh, and she only likes one kind (Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray), so even the most prestige brands won't impress her." — Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer at Refinery29
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"My mom just so happens to be a fancy, ever-so-classy lady who has the most prestige taste in beauty products. She taught me well, because so do I. Over the years, I've gifted her some sought-after skin-care products, but she doesn't talk about any of them the way she does about La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo Cream. She loves that the day cream is fragrance-free and lightweight enough to serve as the perfect, sweat-proof base for her foundation. When she uses the night cream, she says she wakes up with supple, baby-soft skin. And my mom has incredibly youthful skin, so I feel extra fortunate to have her good genes.

She's also a candle-lover. Growing up, we always had a couple burning around the house. She's head-over-heels for Bond No.9 Nuits De Noho. It's her favorite 'perfume in the air,' and also loves that the scent carries into the next day. My mom is grateful for everything, but she has a keen sense of a good product when she sees one. I guess the apple doesn't fall that far from the tree. Love you, mommy!" — Maya Allen, Assistant Beauty Editor at Byrdie
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"For the most part, my mom is low-maintenance when it comes to beauty... until she's not. She often asks me for brow products, concealers, and pretty shadows. Honestly, I have to say that she's better at applying her makeup than I am — I think she has been watching YouTube videos on the sly — but her most frequent request is makeup wipes. I, too, hoard wipes at my desk. Like mother like daughter.

"My mom is my beauty buddy. We go wig shopping together and I've been able to teach her so much about natural hair. Recently, I helped her cut off the locs she had been growing for over five years, so she has a small Afro right now. We've been having weekly calls all about her new hair regimen. She's loving the Taliah Waajid line of products right now. It's so fun to help her discover fun new ways to play with beauty." — Jessica Cruel, Senior Beauty & Style Editor at SELF
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Photo: Via Danielle Prescod.
"Lately, my mom has become obsessed with the idea that she needs anti-aging moisturizers... but she literally looks like she's 40! I won't say how old she really is. Anyway, I have been giving her anti-aging products and once gave her the Caudalie Cru Elixir. She loved it. Additionally, she can never have enough mascaras. The best ones are from Lancôme and Dior, so I stock up on them and give her as many as I can at one time. The reaction is always the same ecstatic exclamation: 'Mascara?!'" — Danielle Prescod, Style Director at BET
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"For as long as I can remember, my mom has never left the house without rosy red cheeks. She has always been a huge fan of blush, which is probably the reason I, too, can never be spotted without some sort of rouge on my face. She typically likes to use a liquid or cream cheek stain, so whenever I receive a new one to try, she's always the first to give it a shot. I introduced her to Glossier's Cloud Paint, and it was love at first swipe. When it comes to blush, my mom is a believer that more is more. It can sometimes be a bit bold for my taste, but she somehow always makes it work and looks fabulous." — Sara Tan, West Coast Fashion and Beauty Editor at Bustle
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Photo: Via Stephanie Montes.
"Last year, my mom and I traded skin-care routines for a week. While I always pass along amazing product finds to her, this was the first time she was introduced to my personal favorites, and now I know why I kept them from her for so long. I'm still hoping to get my Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash back. Just kidding — love you Mom!” — Stephanie Montes, Fashion & Beauty Writer
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"My mom’s pretty minimal when it comes to a skin-care or makeup routine. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s been using the same Covergirl liquid foundation and lipstick upwards of 15 years now. But occasionally, I’m able to turn her onto a few new products every time I get the chance to visit her. While her use of most of these products is fleeting, there’s one item she’s embraced in her pared-down collection: Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner. Admittedly, this wasn’t even on my list of things to get her to love. I accidentally left behind my mini Sephora birthday edition of this and the next time I saw her, a full sized version was sitting in her makeup bag. Don’t think I haven’t noticed that a bold, fully-lined eye has since become a part of your 'no makeup makeup look,' Ma." — Raye Lowe, Fashion Market Writer at Refinery29
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Photo: Via Gwen Flamberg.
"My mother is, and always has been, extremely glamorous, but she never really wore a lot of makeup (other than a killer lip) or fussed over maintenance. She’s never dyed her hair (probably why I have an aversion to do so) or gotten a proper facial. She’ll hit me up for lipsticks, but rarely do I get it right, as she leans towards a not-too-burgundy or just-so bright plum with shimmer. It must have a touch of sparkle, or Audrey deems it too flat. So I will usually give her a bunch of lipstick shades and textures that might somehow be blended into a semblance of what she’ll wear.

"The one sure thing I know she’ll love is fragrance. She favors unisex-ish scents with some green and/or suble spice notes, and often mixes a few to create a signature scent (funny, I do the same thing.) Her current faves are Tom Ford Black Orchid and Chanel 1932 from the Les Exclusives line. I can’t wait for her to try Goop's edition 2 fragrance called Shiso — she’ll flip for it." — Gwen Flamberg, Executive Editor, Beauty & Style at Us Weekly
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"Because my mom worked in the cosmetics industry for years, so she knows just as well as I do what’s good and what she needs to hoard. My grandma is the same way. They have beauty collections that rival Sephora stores, so they text me with very detailed — sometimes annoyingly so — instructions of the things they need and want. For my mom, that’s usually Erasa XEP-30 Serum, anything from Sisley Paris, and Colorscience Primer.

"My grandma loves anything from Clarins, plus Marula Oil and Dior Creme Abricot for her nails. She slathers oils and creams on her cuticles like it’s her full-time job.” — Jenna Rosenstein, Senior Digital Beauty Editor at Harper's Bazaar
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Photo: Via Essence Gant.
"For just about any product I mention, my mom will hit me up for it. If I say I like it, she'll usually go, 'What is it? I'm 'bout to order me some, girl!' Usually, though, I just get it for her. I recently put her onto Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub, then Ouidad. I was telling her how great a detangler it was for natural hair, and I went to Ulta and bought her some. Basically if I swear by it, she wants it. But I'm the same way. Our beauty regimens are basically a mix of each other's hair and skin faves." — Essence Gant, Beauty Editor at Buzzfeed's As/Is
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"I frequently give my mother hair products, but when I go to her house I often see many of them unused. The gag is if I see her without bringing the goods, she's like, 'So where are the beauty products?' A big SMH! But one thing my mom does love is a good brow pencil, so anytime I see the Anastastia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in her color hanging around the office or taking up space at my desk, I always pass it along to her." — Jihan Forbes, Digital Editor at Allure
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"I always get my mom nice perfumes. She loves collecting beautiful bottles, and even though she's not one to wear fragrance daily, she loves having them on display in her bathroom. I recently got her Tom Ford's Black Orchid, which she loves." — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer at Refinery29
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"Growing up, I would watch the care that my mom put into her beauty routine. She has her skincare regimen down to a science (it's truly a thing of wonder), but lately, I've been mailing her a box of makeup products to experiment with. One discovery is Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm. Usually she stays fairly mum about the products I send, but a while back, she sent me a photo of her Chubby Stick used precariously close to the end of its life with a text, 'Can you send me more of this?' She then proceeded to follow up a few days later with the exact same text (#waysparentstext)." — Faith Xue, Editorial Director for Byrdie

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