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Beauty Expert Shares Their Secrets for Ageless Glamour Beyond the ‘Mob Wife’ Look

Hey Muze,

Over the past few years, we’ve seen countless aesthetic trends come and go: clean girl, mob wife, you name it. While staying in tune with new styles is fun, it’s easy to forget the enduring beauty of classic looks. Remember our moms and tias effortlessly getting ready for work or a night out?

They weren’t weighed down by layers of foundation and contour sticks. Their simple routine — half a pump of foundation, a pressed powder, blush, mascara, and gloss — achieved a look that’s now celebrated as “makeup no makeup.”

This look wasn’t just about convenience; it was about feeling beautiful and ready to face the day. It’s 2024, and we can channel that same timeless beauty while incorporating modern products. Remember raiding your mom’s makeup bag and being mesmerized by its diverse treasures? Here’s an updated version, keeping with the spirit of practicality and effectiveness:

Pick a primer that works

While not available back then, Chanel La Base Illuminatrice provides a subtle glow and extends the makeup wear. For days you want a touch of magic without foundation, this is your go-to!

Multitask with colors

One of my favorite picks is the Rare Beauty Liquid Blush which adds a natural flush to cheeks, eyelids (for a hint of color without eyeshadow), the chin, and the bridge of the nose. Apply with gentle taps using your ring finger.

Find Your Concealer

Another Rare Beauty gem, their liquid concealer, brightens the under-eye area. Apply sparingly and tap in with your finger or a small brush for a seamless blend.

Opt for a lightweight foundation rather than heavy coverage

For me, a lightweight foundation is the way to go for a seamless look. Westman Atelier Skincare Complexion Drops offer buildable coverage with a dewy finish. Use a stippling brush for a flawless, natural look.

Let’s talk about setting powder

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Setting Powder mattifies without looking cakey. Apply with a tapered brush, focusing on the center of the face and blending outwards.

Eyes, Lips, and all the juicy tips

For your eyes, Makeup by Mario Master Pigment Eyeliner creates a definition on the lash line, with winging or smudging options. Meanwhile, the Laura Mercier Caviar Shadow Sticks add a touch of shine to the lids — blend with your finger if needed. Add final touches with any Maybelline Mascara. Choose the waterproof option for extra staying power.

When it comes to lips, pucker up with the Morphe Lip Pencil in Date Night that defines the outer lip contour, while Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Bourgeoisie adds a hint of color.

Finish your full look with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Setting Spray, it ensures your makeup stays put without the harsh chemicals.

Ready to embrace this timeless beauty with a modern twist? Let’s celebrate the women who raised us while expressing our own unique style.

Your Fairy Godmother,