Beauty Lessons Mom Gave Me: Andi and Miquita Oliver
From her post-punk beginnings in the band Rip Rig + Panic to her career as a chef, restaurateur and presenter of the BBC’s Great British Menu, there’s not much that the upbeat, outspoken and fun-loving Andi Oliver can’t afford. turn towards . His daughter Miquita followed in his footsteps, forging a career on television presenting the 2000s Popworld music show. Living opposite each other in east London, in confinement, they became closer. than ever, joining forces to create a low-fi show What’s For Dinner Mummy? where they cooked, danced and drank cocktails. Here they share their beauty differences, similarities, rituals and more.
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Andi: My own mother made me understand the importance of taking care of your skin. “Cream your skin, cream your skin, cream your skin, drink lots of water and cream your skin!” She would say. She’s big on subtlety – it’s not just about tits and ass. She’s very into the inside of the wrist, the crook of the elbow or a nice neck, teaching me that these things are elegant. When I say cream your skin I’m not talking about £ 700 moisturizer, I mean Palmer’s cocoa butter , £ 3.99. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just filling.
Miquita: Yes, mom is crazy about moisturizers, which means that cocoa butter has been part of my life for 37 years. We always think, why don’t people just use cocoa butter?
A: “I have always loved wild women who look on fire! We both think Grace Jones is quite gorgeous.
A: “I am the queen of bold and shiny eyeshadows. I love everything Pat McGrath – like the Divine Rose II palette , £ 115. And for me it’s false eyelashes all day long. I absolutely love the eyelashes. ‘
M: ‘I use simple lashes on the outer corner to create a cute almond cat eye – Sweed X Nikki Wolff No Lash-Lash , £ 22, are the best. When it comes to the eyebrows, I like to keep things natural, brush them and fix them with gel. I love Charlotte Tilbury Brow Cheat , £ 22, and Glossier Boy Brow, £ 14. As far as the contouring goes, I was very scared when it hit weird heights a few years ago, but in fact I have come to a bit of natural improvement. Clinique Contour Chubby Stick , £ 21 is great. ‘
ON THEIR SHELF …
M: In the 90s, mom learned something from a model friend who said that if you bite into an evening primrose capsule and put oil on your face at night, you will stay young forever!
A: Yes, we take two capsules of Holland & Barrett Natural Evening Primrose Oil , £ 11.99, swallow one and poke a hole in the other capsule, and put it on our faces at night. Honestly, it makes your skin so supple and smooth – shiny if you’re feeling a little dull.
A: I just discovered Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil , £ 45, which is this amazing blue color. I only need a few drops, and when I wake up in the morning, well… just call me Velvet Jones!
M: Akoma Skincare’s Kocha African Sponge, £ 3.89 is complete fun to use and means I exfoliate regularly. Mesh scrub has been part of Ghanaian seaside culture for a very long time.
THE NEED FOR CHANGE
A: “Miquita and I are so frustrated going to beauty stores that are supposed to accommodate black women and being met by staff who don’t really have any information or knowledge about our skin or hair, nor no enthusiasm for the products. You know, you want a beauty experience that inspires you and makes you feel wonderful. It’s not what it should be and it’s high time someone changed that – I think it’ll probably be me and Miquita.
M: ‘Yes! Mom and I agree that the black beauty space is quite lacking. We believe it does not have the same infrastructure as the White Beauty Experience. We spend a lot of money and should be taken care of accordingly. It just seems ridiculous that black people don’t own more of this industry for them.
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