Women in the beauty in­dus­try tell us about the prod­ucts that send them back in time the most.

Fashion (Canada) - - Beauty Nostalgia -

“As a child in the ’70s, I used to watch old black-and-white films and flip through Vogue with my in­cred­i­bly beautiful neigh­bour, a woman who bought clothes in Paris and tasty morsels from Har­rods. I would sit at her dress­ing table and ad­mire her lo­tions and po­tions, but none was more beautiful and evoca­tive than her sig­na­ture scent Guer­lain Shal­i­mar. To this day, when I smell it, it re­minds me of her and the many happy hours I spent in her com­pany.”

—Amanda Bell, Pixi Beauty global colour am­bas­sador

“I used to use Ben­e­fit Benetint about 30 years ago. I can­not even re­mem­ber why I stopped us­ing it. It was an essence of red rose petals—a liq­uid I used to rub across my cheeks with my fin­gers and stain my lips with. It gave me the fresh­est look, as if I’d been out­side for a healthy walk.”

—Wendy Iles, hair­styl­ist and founder of Iles For­mula

“When I saw my mom curl her lashes for the first time, my mind was blown! Watch­ing her go from straight to per­fectly curled lashes, I lit­er­ally thought she was a ma­gi­cian. To this day, I curl my lashes ev­ery morn­ing and think of her.”

—Veron­ica Chu, makeup artist and Cov­er­Girl makeup pro

“Although I was a kid in the ’80s, my older cousins were teenagers with acne, and Sea Breeze as­trin­gent promised to leave skin clear and fresh so it was THE prod­uct! I ob­vi­ously looked up to them, so that, plus the fresh smell and cool tin­gle it left on your face, meant it was a prod­uct I wanted to use even though I was, like, seven years old.”

—Sab­rina Ri­naldi, ed­i­to­rial makeup and hair artist

“I re­mem­ber put­ting on wa­ter­melon Lip Smack­ers lip­gloss in­ces­santly, par­tic­u­larly at the movies and around the time I had my first kiss. And I also vividly re­mem­ber my hair get­ting stuck to my lips from the stick­i­ness of it. At that time, there was no such thing as too much lip­gloss.”

—Made­line Poole, global colour am­bas­sador for Sally Hansen

“To this day, Ralph Ralph Lau­ren per­fume, with its dis­tinc­tive zesty sweet­ness, still has the abil­ity to bring me back to grade-school dances—wear­ing skater shoes and but­ter­fly clips and wish­ing my new per­fume would get my crush to ask me to dance to the lat­est K-Ci & JoJo jam.”

—Rita Re­mark, global lead ed­u­ca­tor for Essie

“Up un­til the 1960s, my grand­par­ents had a big beauty and hair sa­lon in Amsterdam. They were the sole re­tailer for Guer­lain in our coun­try, so the very first me­mories I have of cos­met­ics were these lux­u­ri­ously pack­aged lip­sticks that had this heavy, old-fash­ioned smell and were so pig­mented they would stay on for­ever. My grand­par­ents also de­vel­oped a mas­sage and fa­cial cream that they called Crème Faas. So hav­ing my own brand now prob­a­bly means that the ap­ple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

—El­lis Faas, makeup artist and founder of El­lis Faas

“See­ing images of May­belline Kiss­ing Po­tion in­stantly brings me back to my child­hood and how much I loved col­lect­ing them. I can al­most smell them, and the roller­ball tip brings back me­mories of play­ing with them on my lips and fin­gers. It was a unique tex­ture and smell that I will never for­get.”

—Grace Lee, makeup artist and lead artist for May­belline New York

“I’ve al­ways seen my mom us­ing Palmer’s Co­coa But­ter For­mula Body Lo­tion, and now I can’t live with­out it. I use it all over my body. I used it dur­ing both of my preg­nan­cies—it’s great for stretch marks.”

—Janet Jack­son, celebrity hair­styl­ist and owner of JouJou Hair Stu­dio

“My grand­mother used to wear Robert Piguet Fra­cas per­fume, as did my mother. Now I do, and I’ve given a bot­tle to my daugh­ter. It’s a scent I find com­fort­ing and fa­mil­iar and re­minds me of all of them.”

—Si­mone Otis, ed­i­to­rial makeup artist

“My mother used Roberts Boro­talco, a softly scented tal­cum pow­der. Fresh from the shower, she would use it on her­self; it be­came my first im­print of what a woman should smell like. We used to steal it and toss it all over our­selves while play­ing dres­sup.”

—Mar­il­isa, hair­styl­ist and artis­tic di­rec­tor for Marc An­thony

“I begged my mom for a red lip from the age of five. Re­mem­ber Sade’s ‘Smooth Op­er­a­tor’ video? I fell in love with her and still love her to this day. That was my big­gest ‘Oh my God!’ mo­ment. Sade’s red lip was like a Revlon red, and my mom would let me wear it for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.”

—Jen Atkin, celebrity hair­styl­ist and cre­ator of Ouai Hair­care

“That would have to be two per­fumes, be­cause I had two grand­moth­ers. Shal­i­mar and Norell will both have a place in my heart for­ever. And Erno Las­zlo toner, with the sed­i­ment on the bot­tom, re­minds me of my mom!”

—Tif­fany Master­son, founder of Drunk Ele­phant

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