Kate Hudson didn’t inherit just her girl-next-door looks and bubbly sense of humor from her mother, Goldie Hawn. The face of Almay also picked up a love of beauty products. We sat down with the duo before Mother’s Day to talk makeup, scent, and the truth about their iconic blonde hair.
What is the first makeup memory you have of each other?
Hawn: “I made a lot of movies, and at three years old, my daughter would sit with me while I had my makeup done.”
Hudson: “It’s like going to work with your parents. The makeup trailer was where I had mom sitting for an hour and a half, which is always a nice thing.”
Is that where your love for makeup began?
Hawn: “My makeup man had a box full of makeup and as she was watching him put it on my face, she wanted to be made up, too. She said, ‘Can I go into your makeup box?’ and he said, ‘If you put everything back where it belongs.’ She put on every color lipstick known to man all over her face—but she put everything back where it was. That was the beginning.”
Hudson: “Any opportunity to get all girlie—I was all over it. I had a lot of boys around. We grew up on a ranch in Colorado, and it was all about going outside and running over big dirt mounds. I loved the girl stuff—clothes, makeup.”
What is your favorite feature that you share?
Hudson: “The thing I inherited from my mom, which I think comes from being raised unconditionally loved, is optimism and learning to be the best person you can be. In terms of genetics, I have a lot of my grandma. I have my grandma’s hands, and mom always talks about my eyes as being a lot like grandma’s.”
Hawn: “One of the great qualities Katie has carried on is her laugh. That is one of the biggest gifts I could have given her.”
Kate, what’s the best beauty tip your mom gave you?
Hudson: “I think it’s more the stuff we eat. Like green juice—mom’s been drinking green juice forever. And taking teaspoons of olive oil. We love products and we have fun with products, but in terms of the real stuff that I’ve learned from mom, it’s her lifestyle. She was always healthy and active and drinking something green.”
Goldie, has Kate taught you any makeup tricks?
Hawn: “No, I think we all know by now where the hollow of the cheek is, how to shade under the chin. We’ve been in this business, both of us collectively, a lot of years. We’re not tipping each other off anymore.”
Do you share any of the same favorite products?
Hudson: “I like the Almay lip balms. From the beginning, I said, ‘When are we going to do the lip stuff?’ And now they’re here, the product is really good, and I’m really happy.”
Hawn: “I love those.”
How do you both care for your blonde hair?
Hawn: “I know it sounds strange, but I’ve never colored my hair. I just put a regular rinse on it because I don’t have any chemicals on it.”
Hudson: “Me, on the other hand, I don’t know what my hair color is anymore. I’ve gone from red to dark to brown to really dark brown to blonde. My natural color is a darker honey blonde. One of my favorite treatments is the Kérastase black conditioning treatment. It’s amazing for colored hair.”
Is there a signature scent that reminds you of each other?
Hudson: “I put this oil in my hair the other day, and it had some musk in it and a mix of orange. It was a very exotic, sexy scent. And my son Ryder said, ‘Mom, you smell like Gogo.’ And I smelled myself, and you know what, I smelled like Gogo. When you have certain things you love and wear them and your children create a connection through scent, I think it’s such an amazing thing.”
Hawn: “Scent evokes a sense of memory and belonging to the people that you love. The scents we wear are the scents our children will remember us by. My choices of oils and colognes usually have very dark notes and high notes on top. I love jasmine and orange blossom and amber.”
Written by Catherine Q. O’Neill, Assistant Editor at Allure