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Mom Was Right! Advice From Women We Love


At one point or another, we all receive a piece of unforgettable advice from one of the amazing women in our lives. It’s the kind of life-altering guidance, big or small, that allows us to grow and better ourselves: from the one thing we should always do before leaving the house to the secret way to save our hearts from being broken. So, in celebration of Mother’s Day, our team shared the memorable lessons they still live by, today and every day.

Alessio Rossi, General Manager, US

“Her best advice has been to keep going, stay positive and if you can’t get it right now, it will get better next time!”

Amanda Coombs, Associate Project Manager, International, Creative Services

“My mom taught me not to overlook the grocery store when searching for beauty and wellness products. She buys Vitamin C powder to lighten dark spots, adds Jell-O powder to face masks for an extra boost of collagen, and eats ginger to reduce inflammation and promote joint health. It’s a great way to save money and avoid the added chemicals in some beauty products.”

Angela Reasoner, Executive Sales and Education Manager

“Handing a $5 bill to a homeless man in St. Paul, MN my mother told me, ‘You never know where people are. My job is to give, not to judge.’”

Angelica DelPriore, Senior Vice President, Global Creative

“Throughout my life and always when I am extra busy (which is always — my nickname from my childhood friends is ADP, Always Doing Projects) or starting something new, my mother would always say to me, ‘Fa cose buone.’ Translation: do good things.”

Carly Giglio, Global Artist & Learning Design Manager, Color & Artistry

“My mom always told me… ‘Never be afraid to look them in the eye and give a firm handshake.’”

Cathi Castillo, Spa Director East

“My mother would constantly say, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’ It’s something I think about every day.”

Chanel Holcombe, Executive Assistant

“My grandmother Lillian’s advice to me from the very beginning was to travel before I settled down as a wife or mother. She always said it’s important to find what makes YOU happy, with or without the contributions of others. This way your experience can only be strengthened in numbers.”

Chhaya Govind, Executive Sales & Education Manager

“My mother Savita taught me to always know the difference between beauty and character. Beauty will catch your attention but character will catch your heart.”

Dawn Hobbs, Regional Sales and Education Executive, Southern CA

“My mom Linda taught me to try clothes on, even if they looked bad on the hanger. This is so true because it might look good on you.”

Diana Paccione, Vice President, Spa and Independent Accounts

“My mother Margaret taught me to look good, but to be an even better person.”

Elsa Cho, Key Account Manager, Sephora & SiJCP

“My mom Laura would say, ‘Go read a book.’”

Emmie Salaj, Senior Vice President, International Business Development & Global Education

“My mother Fatima taught me that a woman should never financially rely on a man. Instead work hard and always be in a position to choose one.”

Stephanie Huszar, Copy Director

“I’ve been lucky to have some great mentors during my career in the magazine and beauty industries. One of my first bosses — an iconic beauty editor — told me, “If you wouldn’t say it to your smartest friend, don’t write it down.” The other thing she taught me? Never underestimate the confidence-boosting power of a good red lipstick!”

Gina Mohanty, Manager, bare+BEAUTY Outlets

“My mother Sashi has always taught me to be a kind and loving person. Back in 2007, my mother generously, without any hesitation, donated her kidney to my Dad. The fact that a married couple was a match was a miracle in itself. Because of my mom, I was able to have 7 years of time and memories with my dad, until his passing in 2014. Since then, I have become an organ donor, in hopes of being half the person my mother is, and to save a life.”

Jen Anderson, Copywriter, Digital & Social

“When I first started wearing makeup, my mom advised me: ‘Don’t cover up your freckles, because they make you who you are.’ I’ve always taken that to heart, and I love flaunting the freckles my mom passed on to me. She was right. They make me who I am, and I wouldn’t want to ever change that.”

Jilian Firestone, Senior Manager, US Retail Merchandising

“My mom taught me to never leave the house without putting on lipstick. It always pops your look. And that you can do anything as long as you believe in yourself and work for it.”

Jill Scalamandre, President

“My daughter Allegra has taught me so much it’s hard to choose. She has taught me how to be more tolerant and understanding of others, to always put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand where they are coming from. It is a lesson I have applied to many areas of my life.”

Jill Steinheider, District Manager, Upper Midwest

“Best advice? ‘Own it. You did it … own it. Don’t apologize.’”

Julie Shulman, Packaging Design Director

“With four daughters, my mom’s advice was always, ‘Embrace all your perfect imperfections as the beauty of you.’”

Karen Schneider, Project Manager

“My mom Eleanore always said to treat others as you would like to be treated; that life isn’t always fair, but it’s still pretty amazing; and family comes before everything else.”

Kayla Moffatt, International Visual Merchandising Designer

“My mom Peggy would say, ‘Always be honest and just be yourself.’”

Laura Garratt, Vice President, Global Product Development

“My mom Angela is my hero. She moved to the United States from Italy when she was only 10 years old. She learned English, became an honor student and received a scholarship to college, despite her parents’ preference that she work rather than continue school. She vowed that when she had kids, she would support them through education. She has lived up to her word — always letting my two sisters and I (and now my kids) know that, ‘Sky’s the limit.’”

Letitia Wright, Power of Good Ambassador

“Something my mom has always told me is, ‘Never chase after someone that’s not looking for you,’ if that makes any sense. Don’t get your heart broken chasing after people, things — it doesn’t even have to be a guy. It could be anything … and that really helped me along the way.”

Lina Velasquez, Visual Merchandising Designer

“My mother Mercedes has always been an inspiration in my life, not only for her advice but seeing how strong, hardworking and dedicated she has been, especially as a single mother. Every morning as she dressed me for school back in Colombia she would always tell me, “Estudie, preparese, para que nunca tenga que depender de nadie en la vida y pueda ser independiente.” Translation: Study, educate yourself so you never have to depend on anyone and can be independent in life. She still, until this day, always tells me, ‘Siempre sea noble en la vida’ (always be noble/humble in life and ‘Luche siempre por sus ideales’ (always work for my dreams, and never give up). I never had a father, but my mom for sure made up for it! Cheers to all the super moms in the world!”

Belisa Silva, Executive Director, Global Editor-in-Chief

“I am blessed to have an amazing mother, Rosa, and godmother, Carol, who have both guided me throughout my life. My favorite mom advice is, ‘Never leave the house with wet hair or when there are dirty dishes in your sink.’ Carol’s advice? ‘Don’t be burdened with imaginary timelines. Things happen when they are supposed to.’”

Lisa Sinisgalli, Global Home Shopping Broadcast Director

“My mother Vicki taught me to find something that you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Noel Pan, Quality Specialist

“The best advice my mom Xueping gave me is, ‘A man should be clean, not only on appearance, but also in the mind.’”

Rachelle Hood, Regional Director, East Region/Retail

“My mother Sue taught me what her mother Rose taught her: ‘You feel as good as you look and you perform as good as you feel. It doesn’t take a lot of money to look your best every day.’ I now pass that along to my two daughters!”

Ryan Stephens, Regional Director

“My mother Denise taught me: surround yourself with good people, because you will always become a product of your environment.”

Sarah Walter, Junior Copywriter

“It was never spoken as advice, but my mom never wore makeup (and still doesn’t). Although I now wear and love makeup myself, having grown up not really giving it a thought (and learning by example that it wasn’t a necessity) helped me feel comfortable in my own skin in those trying teenage years.”

Shauna Harwood, Manager, Complexion, Global Brand Marketing

“My mom always told me for softer, shinier, smoother hair apply a cup of mayonnaise to hair and cover with tin foil. Leave on for 20 minutes for amazing results!”

Trish Maher, Executive Sales & Education Manager

“My mother Carmen always said, ‘Make sure you give more than you take, and always be grateful.’”

Victoria DeCicco, Associate Account Manager

“One unique piece of advice my mom always gives me is, ‘Don’t set limits for yourself. Break down barriers.’ She always encourages me to do what makes me happy in life no matter what anyone else will say because there will always be critics. Always strive for greatness.’”

Zoé Belden, Associate Manager, Global Business Intelligence and Analytics.

“My mother Elionne taught me, ‘Keep love in your heart, and always leave the house ready to have your picture taken.’”

Pillow Talk with Olivia Culpo


Olivia Culpo at the bareMinerals + Cosmopolitan National Sleepover Day party

As part of our epic National Sleepover Day event in Times Square, we hosted a chat between fashion and beauty influencer Olivia Culpo and Cosmopolitan’s Chief Beauty Director Leah Wyar. Read on for some of our favorite moments from their conversation on slumber parties, DIY beauty, and the bareMinerals foundation that saved her in high school.

What’s your recipe for an epic slumber party?
Sleepovers are the best! Most of the time I bring my own pillow and I have a blanket that I love because its so fuzzy. I also have a heating blanket that I just absolutely love. I can sleep anywhere because it’s so comfortable.

What’s one fun sleepover tip that anyone can do at home?
You can make face masks with avocado, coconut oil or honey. I love going online and searching “At home DIY masks” with my sisters or my friends. It’s so fun!

When you’re sharing beauty secrets, which bareMinerals product do you recommend to your friends?
I would have to say bareMinerals Original Foundation saved my life when I was growing up because I was at that weird stage when I didn’t know what foundation even was and I didn’t want to wear a heavy amount of makeup. I was going to my all-girls school everyday and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time getting ready. But the swirl, tap, buff was so easy. It gave me the perfect amount of coverage and I never broke out. It also didn’t make me look really oily. It’s really the hottest commodity for someone who wants coverage without being too heavy, cakey, or shiny. It’s kind of everything you need!

Why is it important for you to wear makeup so pure you can sleep in it?
How many people at home are happy to hear that you don’t have to take off your makeup? I wish everything was like that.

What do you normally wear to bed?
It kind of depends. If I’m cold, which sometimes happens on the East Coast, I’ll wear sweatpants and a hoodie and just be so, so cozy. That’s my favorite place to be—we all have those moments when we are dreaming about going to bed and being in our pajamas. Sometimes I do like to wear a nightgown; to me its fun, and even a little sexy. The time that you spend getting ready for bed is your “you” time so sometimes it’s kind of fun to get “dressed up” to go to bed.

Do you have any nighttime rules or rituals that get you ready to go to bed?
This is a very strange habit of mine but I cannot go to bed unless my room is clean. All the clothes are put away and dishes aren’t in the sink, otherwise it just bugs me. I don’t want to wake up to it. I want to wake up to everything clean, fresh, and lovely.

Last but not least, what’s your slumber party secret?
My confession is, “Peanut butter is my kryptonite!” Which is true. I can eat a whole jar. I could have a pint of ice cream and a jar of peanut butter and I would be happy for the rest of my life!

Check out Olivia’s full interview here, and read more about our epic National Sleepover Day event inspired by Original Foundation, makeup so pure that yes, you can actually sleep in it.

National Sleepover Day Takes Over Times Square


How was your National Sleepover Day? Ours was pretty amazing, if we may say so ourselves. Yes, May 9, 2017 was a memorable one as we teamed up with Cosmopolitan, Sephora and Olivia Culpo to host the ultimate slumber party—right in the middle of New York’s Times Square.

bareMinerals makeovers happened live in Times Square

The guest of honor was our Original Foundation, which is makeup so pure you can actually fall asleep in it—without clogging pores or causing breakouts. It was this fact that inspired us to set up a giant, dreamy bedroom on Broadway complete with vanities, flowers, a pillow-packed bed, and all the mineral makeup you could ever dream of.

A scene from National Sleepover Day with bareMinerals + Cosmopolitan

Our team was on hand (in pink #sleepinthebare bathrobes) to guide guests through the ultimate slumber party. The first step was a makeover, of course, and our artists listened to countless women talk about their makeup needs, passions and frustrations to ensure that each one walked away feeling and looking like her best self. After lots of swirling, tapping and buffing, guests were in for some good old fashioned pillow talk—everyone has a good secret, and the ladies were invited to bare it all, creating custom pillow cases with their confessions. Some of our favorites were the fearless ambitions (“I’m gonna be the Kylie Jenner of nursing”) and sweet secrets (“Peanut butter is my kryptonite!” Olivia divulged). Last but not least, all our bare beauties posed with their confessions, so check out #sleepinthebare on Instagram to see more.

Two attendees bare their slumber party secrets

When Olivia wasn’t chatting with fans or jumping on the bed, she talked makeup and slumber parties with Cosmo’s Chief Beauty Director Leah Wyar and you don’t want to miss that candid conversation (hint: she’s totally a dare person).

Olivia Culpo at the bareMinerals National Sleepover Day party

Mark your calendar to host your own slumber party next year and in the meantime, whether you’ve got sensitive skin, or you’re just looking for buildable, beautiful coverage, check out our Original Foundation, makeup so pure that yes, you can even sleep in it.

Going Bare in the Desert: A Weekend at Coachella


Ah, Coachella. Once an indie concert in the desert, the annual spring event has sprung into two star-studded weekends that pack in the best parties, solidify summer trends, and leave everyone’s skin a little on the dry side.

For weekend one, we partnered with Republic Records to bring a whole bar of unreleased bare product (read on for more!) plus some moisture-packed favorites to two intimate parties at the Hyde Away, a gorgeous Palm Springs retreat for artists, VIPs and influencers attending the festival.

Friday night’s welcome treated guests to a barbeque and live performances by Justine Skye, DJ Storm and Hailee Steinfeld (who wowed the crowd with a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”), while Saturday’s pool party featured DJ sets including Joe Jonas of DNCE, plus a photo booth tucked inside a custom helicopter (yes, you read that right).

All the while we were soaking up the vibe and getting people selfie-ready from an unusually breezy bare “boutique”: a gauzy tent where the likes of Emma Roberts, Sofia Carson and Ashley Tisdale could sample a bold new extension of our bestselling Gen Nude® mineral lipstick line. Attendees also traded tips on their desert essentials, and if you’re headed to weekend two, our super moisturizing Complexion Rescue was called out as a Coachella-friendly product.

But back to that new product we brought along… in a statement-making assortment of colors and the same moisturizing formulas that made Gen Nude® a hit, our new lip lineup brought high-impact, festival-ready fun.

We can’t wait to bring it to all to you just in time for summer—stay tuned!

Truly Original: Our #30Originals Pixel Art Contest


That picture up there should look vaguely familiar. First off, it’s pixel art, which may remind you of needlepoint, a mosaic, Super Mario or Cory Arcangel, depending where your interests lie. Second, it’s made up of none other than our bestselling, award-winning, 5 mineral Original Foundation.

In case you missed it, Original Foundation now comes in a gorgeous assortment of 30 mineral shades. It’s that expanded color range that inspired us to create original artwork of (hopefully) you, using 900 foundation pots to make our very own take on pixel art.

If you’re interested in getting your portrait made (and a gift card!), here’s how our contest works:
1. Take a close-up selfie of your face. Pro tip: It’ll look extra pretty if you’re wearing Original Foundation, but it’s not required.
2. Post your photo on Instagram and tag both #30Originals and #bareContest.

And that’s it! Post your photo by April 21, and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win an original pixel art portrait and a $50 bareMinerals gift card. For all the rules and fine print, go to bareminerals.com/barecontest. Good luck!