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04/08/2014 at 06:28 PM ET

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Louise Roe

Our PEOPLE StyleWatch style council is made up of some seriously awesome women — but they can’t take all the credit for their good looks and killer fashion sense. For our May issue, in honor of Mother’s Day, the stars paid tribute to the women who gave them good genes and great style advice: their moms and grandmas. Below, check out the most memorable tips these stars got from their mothers, and share your favorite straight-from-mom tip below!

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari‘s mom Judy isn’t just a moisturizer fanatic — she swears by thick, rich cocoa butter for her face. “She uses it every night and she’s been doing it for years.” Cavallari marvels. “She’s 60 and looks amazing.” Soon to be a second-time mom herself, Cavallari still follows her mom’s beauty advice to the letter. “Everything she’s told me from growing up still resonates with me,” she says. “The most recent thing is her telling me to use the cocoa butter, but for my belly.”

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Kourtney Kardashian

Everyone knows Kourtney Kardashian‘s mom Kris Jenner, the remarkably well-preserved matriach of the famous Kardashian/Jenner clan. So her best advice to the eldest Kardashian sister won’t surprise you, and nor will Kourtney’s take on her mom’s, shall we say, general life oversight. “She is an advice machine. She’s always giving commands on what we need to do,” Kardashian shares. “She is bossy, but I love it and I love her advice. She was and still is so hands on and that has really been instilled in me as a mom.”

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Ashley Madekwe

If you’re wondering where Ashley Madekwe’s great style and upbeat attitude comes from, you’re looking at her in the photo above. In addition to her “Be bold” mantra, she also instilled in Madekwe the belief that “Confidence is the best accessory a woman can have.” That great skin is genetic too: Madekwe says she’s been cleaning and moisturizing with Oil of Olay products for ages and still looks amazing.

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Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland takes style advice from all the women in her life. Says her mom, “Wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.” Her godmother’s input: “Never go to sleep with makeup on.” But the best advice came from her grandmother Ella Mae, who gave herself pep talks in the mirror. “I always heard my Gran Gran say she looked fabulous! She would put something on and just go,” Rowland shares, saying she follows the same philosophy now. “It doesn’t matter where I am, I just have to feel good.”

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Nikki Reed

Nikki Reed’s mom Cheryl is also a moisturizer and sunscreen devotee (good habits get passed down!), but it’s Reed’s sweet memory of a mother/daughter shopping trip we loved the most. “I remember once we went to Forever 21 when I was younger and my mom picked out this blue corduroy blazer that I didn’t like, but she convinced me to buy,” she says. “I wore it to school and was the coolest person ever — I was the super cute girl that was ahead of her time! It’s her favorite story. She just has this classic style and it goes to show that … never goes out of fashion.”

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Louise Roe

Louise Roe’s mom Christine has instilled two key values in her stylish daughter: “Never judge a book by its cover” and “Less is more” — especially when it comes to accessories and sun. For a no-sun-needed glow, Roe adheres to her mom’s advice. “Use two types of blush: A bronzer along the cheekbone and rosy blush on the apples of the cheeks,” she says. “I love my Mum so much, she’s my best friend. Just writing this makes me miss her!”

Style Council Mother's Day Illustration By Debra Cartwright; Photo by Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera is very much an independent woman, and that’s thanks to her strong, confident mom Yolanda. “You should know you should always be your own woman, have your own career,” Rivera says her mom told her. “No one you date or marry can define who you are: your own woman.” But for beauty advice, the tables are turned. “My mom has never used a moisturizer or fancy face wash – she has really great skin though!” says Rivera. “I’m actually the one that will give her beauty tips!”

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Sandra on

The cocoa butter thing absolutely works, if you have the right skin type that wont break out. The matching underwear thing was my grandmothers advice, but my mom just insisted that it always be clean and in good condition, no raggedy drawers for her girls.

Kate on

Always buy the best undergarments. A $500 dress will look like $50 if the foundation isn’t correct.

Marcie on

As if we’d expect better advice from Kris Jenner! That’s probably what happened to Kim

New Fan on

Kris Jenner should have been more concerned about teaching her daughters to keep their underwear on, instead of worrying about whether or not they matched!

guest on

great advice from kris jenner. that is sick..she is no mother, but a pimp.

Bennyhanna on

All of these moms gave such cute advice…except that streetwalker kris Jenner. Who tells their kid that? A pimp, that’s who

Alayna on

Don’t wash your rags with your underwear. That’s the only advice my mom ever gave me. Some of these are good – I like Kristin’s mom’s advice and Kris Jenner’s advice is funny.

sandy on

My mother’s beauty is classic: great hair, flawless skin, Snow White coloring, etc. I am auburn hair, green eyes, freckles. Although our approaches to style and the beauty products we choose could not be more different, I definitely picked up the “keep it simple” mindset when it comes to skin care and makeup. Mom was an Olay woman, now Clinique; I am pure rose water followed by an oil concoction of my own making. She is mascara and lipstick; I am curled lashes only, with a slather of lip balm. My grandma was much the same: lipstick and lavender talcum powder. The other consistent thread through the generations? Fragrance: Each of us different, but we wear our choices for years. All pretty straightforward and easy.


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