Whether pontificating on the meaning of life, love and happiness or simply offering beauty tips, mother always seems to know best when it comes to advice. In honor of Mother’s Day, LivingHealthy has compiled some of the best advice that Hollywood stars such as Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Simpson and Eva Longoria have gotten from their beloved moms, from making moisturizer a priority and not overdoing it with makeup to honoring family and friendships and being true to oneself.
"Family is really the most important thing," Kyra Sedgwick told Good Housekeeping. "My mother taught me that family will always be there for you, and you always need to be there for them."
“My mother, Encarna, was only 21 when she had me. I learned from her how complicated and wonderful we women can be,” Penelope Cruz told The Sun. “She worked in a beauty salon and, between the ages of 5 and 13, I would sit there each day afterschool. It became like an acting school, because women were sharing their deepest, most intimate secrets. I was hooked on the way these women talked ... so very frank ... and the way my mother dealt with them. I also appreciated different sides to women’s personalities.”
“She always says, 'Happiness is your own responsibility,’” Jennifer Garner said about her mother. “That's probably what I quote from her and live by the most. If you have a tough road in front of you, it's your responsibility to make it as joyful for yourself as you possibly can."
“‘Don’t shave with soap. And never forget where you came from.’ That’s why I do so much work in the Latino community and the special-needs community. I have a sister with special needs,” Eva Longoria said about the best advice her mother ever gave her.
“Keeping a sense of humor about life,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said about her mother’s best advice. “My parents divorced when I was 8, and whenever I felt down, my mom would remind me that a sense of humor gets you through just about anything.”
“As far as being a woman, making the decision for myself and not allowing other people's judgments to weigh in on it," Jessica Simpson told The Today Show about the best advice her mother, Tina, has ever given her.
“My mother was a feminist. She would have slapped you if you said she was pretty. And she was pretty, but she wasn’t very much into looks or anything like that, Julie Delpy told Allure. “She taught me about the mind and the meaning of life. I learned about being a strong woman, and I think that’s more beautiful to me.”
"Honor your female friendships, because men can come and go, but when we nurture our relationships with women, they can be forever," Kate Hudson told Self about the best advice her mother, Goldie Hawn, had given her.
“Go with the flow of the aging process,” is the best advice Amanda Peet’s mother ever gave her, the actress revealed to People.
“I love my mother, but it was the ’70s, and she sat outside with a sun reflector. So I sort of learned what not to do by watching her,” Modern Family star Julie Bowen hilariously dished to Allure. “But she is lovely, and she did tell me not to dress like a whore.”
“Being who you truly want to be—who you truly are—is one of the most important things my mother taught me,” Kelly Osbourne told Allure. “I wanted to be a skateboarder when I was 13. Didn’t know how to skateboard, but my mom let me wear a wallet chain and hold a skateboard under my arm and walk around like an idiot because that’s what I wanted to do.”
“I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize,” Demi Moore told Allure. “That’s the most important message my mother passed on to me and I say it to my daughter’s all the time.”
“My mom was such a product nut,” said Kelly Rowland. “Above anything, she wanted me to be happy with myself and my bare face when I looked in the mirror. And she didn’t want me to be obsessed with makeup. I remember coming home and it was like, take the makeup off. You know what I mean? Just be you. There’s nothing wrong with that.”