You know those women you can't help but be inspired by? That's Ayesha Curry. This mom, wife, chef, entrepreneur, and businesswoman manages it all, and makes it look easy. I sat down with this superwoman over the celebration of CoverGirl's latest Peacock Flare Mascara ($7), and the moment I walked into the sunlit hotel room, she greeted me with a hug. Her poised nature and positive aura made easing into our conversation feel so natural. It was like I was talking to a friend—a friend who had it all together.
If you're unfamiliar with NBA star Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, let's just say that this 28-year-old mom of two young daughters (Ryan and Riley) is pure goals, and I don't say that lightly. Ayesha and Steph met in their church youth group as teenagers and have been married for over six years. On top of her mother-daughter duties, Curry has cultivated a wildly successful career in the culinary industry. She's the author of her own cookbook, the star of Food Network show Ayesha's Home Kitchen, owner of her own kitchen line, and the newest CoverGirl.
Wondering how this busy mother and wife gets it all done? We caught up with her to find out her secret sauce to success. Hint: It involves embracing the chaos, a few moments of "me" time every day, and good food.
You're a mom, a wife, a businesswoman, and a CoverGirl. How do you find balance?
Every woman has her own version of balance. I think we're all searching for it all the time. I don't necessarily know if we ever find it. There's always something to be done. We're all evolving and changing, so I never can get into a solidified routine, and I'm okay with that. I find beauty in the chaos, and keep working hard and making sure that my family is okay. That, for me, is my balance. The rest falls into place.
Can you walk us through your daily morning and nighttime beauty routines? What are your go-to skincare products?
My routine is kind of the same in the morning and night. I'll wash my face with the Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48). I'm not a big toner person. Next I'll moisturize with Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil ($95) or 111Skin Day Cream ($270). At night, I'll add on Urban Skin Rx Purifying Pore Pumpkin Skin Mask ($38). I gravitate toward that pumpkin mask to deal with my hyperpigmentation. I keep my skincare really simple. I always wash my face morning and night, and cannot go to sleep without doing it.
We live in a world where we are inundated with ideal stereotypical beauty standards. What are the most important beauty lessons you'd like to instill in your daughters?
This is why I'm so excited to work with CoverGirl and be a part of the brand—they're refocusing their message and diversifying their portfolio. Most of the time in beauty, you see people from the entertainment industry. I'm from the culinary world. We have such a diverse group of women working with CoverGirl, and we all come together and have a common interest and love of makeup. Makeup is such a fun tool and a cool way to express yourself. With my girls, I hope that they know that they don't need makeup, but it can become a form of self-expression. Even when I'm choosing a lipstick shade, it depends on my mood. I love that makeup is reflective of that, and I hope that they carry that with them through their adulthood.
As a CoverGirl, so many women are inspired by your beauty. Was there ever a time in your life when you felt insecure? What's your advice to women on feeling their most confident and empowered selves?
My high school years were when I was feeling the most insecure. It was during my puberty stage—I had really bad acne and braces. If I could tell myself one thing during that moment, I would say not to worry so much about it. It's a process. Even with teenagers today, I'd tell them to trust the process and evolve. Teenage girls these days look like they're 30 years old. I wish that they'd know that it's okay to take it one step at a time, to progress, and go through that growth period. It's called character building, and it's really what makes you who you are. As a mom, I feel the most confident and out of that insecure stage. You see yourself at your worst, and it's only up from there.
What's one thing you do every day for your wellness routine and mental health?
Our lives are fast-paced, so I make sure to take at least five minutes for myself and do a daily devotion with my Bible. That meditation moment is so important to keep myself grounded.
What's the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do before bed?
The first thing I do in the morning is make a cup of coffee. I call it "mom juice." I need it to get going. The last thing I do at night after I put the girls to bed is say a prayer for my whole family. Sometimes my husband and I will pray together, and sometimes we pray by ourselves, but I always do that.
>How do you define clean eating? What's your favorite thing to cook for your family?
>I wouldn't call myself a clean eater. I'd call myself a balanced eater. I'm a firm believer that life's short, so everything in moderation. For me, my version of clean eating is portion control and making sure I'm getting lots of greens and vegetables. I make sure I'm taking my vitamins and drinking my water—I feel like that's so important. When I do that, I feel so much better and refreshed.
>What are your favorite things to cook for your family?
>Pasta is really good and easy for my big family. At least one night a week, I make a spiced rub chicken with parsley sauce. I'm big on making one-pot meals and love making soups, stews, and roasts. I meal prep every week, and it's more for lunches and snacks. I'll make my husband protein boxes with quinoa, chicken, and some sort of veggie.
>What's the biggest beauty lesson you've ever learned?
>Do what makes you happy. Regardless of what anyone thinks, if you're feeling good and confident, that exudes from within and will reflect out of you. Make yourself look however you want to look, and don't worry about what anyone thinks.
>What's your hair journey been like?
>I've gone through so many different processes with my hair. I've gone through the breakage with heat damage from all the shooting on set. My hair journey is a lot for me and sometimes stressful, but I'm learning to embrace my natural texture—it's been a journey.