Beautify Your Mom This Mother’s Day!


Photographer: Rodel Valdez, Designer: Kim McKellips, Model: Manon Chaney, Hair and Makeup: Susie Lauri


There is nothing like a Mother’s unconditional love. When I was a child, I would spend hours going through my Mom’s makeup, hair clips, jewelry and walking in her high heels. I loved going through her dresser drawers. I was a Sherlock Holmes beauty detective. I knew where she kept everything.

Later in life, I became her personal hairdresser and makeup artist. I loved seeing my Mom so happy with the right makeup and hairstyle.  I challenge you to give your Mom a beauty makeover, starting with makeup. I will teach you.

Step 1: Cleanse her skin thoroughly (I love using Bioderma Sensibio H2O, for sensitive skin). Pour on a cotton pad. It removes makeup quickly, it’s soothing and doesn’t leave your skin irritated.

Step 2: Apply a non-oily moisturizer on her face with a 5-minute massage using the pads of your finger tips. Start at her temples and then to her forehead. Move in slow, circular upward movements. Then, start slowly massaging down her neck and then to the back of the neck. Most likely, you will see goose bumps on her arms. Lastly, it’s time for her shoulders to be massaged.

Step 3: Use a toner (this will help the moisturizer to adhere) and apply the moisturizer again.

Step 4: Use a face primer to seal pores and leave the skin extra smooth. Then put on an eyelid primer to keep eyeshadow from creasing and coming off.

Step 5: Apply her makeup the way you think she would like it. When applying eyeshadow, it’s important to have a blending brush to seamlessly blend  side-by-side colors. This will get rid of any harsh lines or blotchy areas. And, if you accidentally go too dark apply a lighter color right on top and blend it in beautifully. Mistakes can easily be fixed—no need for drama on Mother’s Day!

Step 6: Use a Mac finishing spray (I love this dewy and refreshing effect) to set the makeup. I like spraying this on during the day for a pick-me-up.

Photographer: Peter Dang, Designer: Kim McKellips, Model (L): Manon Chaney Hair & Makeup: Susie Lauri., Model (R): Anastasia Mitr, Hair: Shandi Lopez Makeup: Mai Yang

Now let’s move on to her hair.

Step 1: Brush her hair thoroughly.

Step 2: Massage her scalp with firm hands in a circular motion (unless she’s tender-headed) for a couple of minutes. Most likely, if you are in front of a mirror you will see her eyes roll to the back of her head; Lol. Happy Mother’s Day!

Step 3: Spray Next Day Hair by L’OREAL at her roots to give body. Then, lightly massage it into the base of her roots. You will notice her hair has more fullness. At this point, she will  tell you all her pain during childbirth was worth it because now she really looks and feels amazing.

Step 4: Use a heat wand, curling iron or whatever you think she  would like. Let the hair cool. Then lightly spray with hairspray. Then fluff.  Take a selfie together and post.

This is a big shout to all the Mom’s. We love and appreciate you. Mothers are truly phenomenal! They are the real movers and shakers. They are the influencers and memory makers, which leave a legacy for others to follow. Mom’s are the nucleus of the family. Women are resilient, we keep moving and we conquer! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


Embrace life,
Susie Lauri
IG: @susie_lauri_hair

Susie L.

Author: Susie L.

Susie Lauri is the lead hair and makeup artist, and a contributing writer for Runwayz Magazine. She specializes in hair and makeup for commercial print and production. She is known for her glamour makeovers including balayage, color, haircuts and styling. When not on location, Susie works out of her studio in Aliso Viejo, California. Find more about her at :, @susie_lauri_hair on Instagram!