Clean skin-care products, a trusty SPF, and the department store mascara she'll never stray from.
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“You sure y’all aren’t sisters?” That’s a joke I’ve heard about myself and my mother time and again, and looking at her, I get the punch line. If raising four rowdy kids and going back to school to become a nurse after most of us had flown the coop didn’t age her, I’m not convinced anything could. For her timeless complexion, she credits a short list of clean skin-care products and quality cosmetics applied with a light hand. “When I was younger, I hit the makeup counters hard,” she says. “But I’ve learned that as you get older, less is more.” Her approach to beauty is very simple and classic, despite still coming off effortlessly glamorous when gussied up. Her ageless advice: Don’t overdo it. If that means eventually looking a decade younger than I am, then I say, “Yes, ma’am.”

Kaitlyn Yarborough and Mother Wendy in Albany, GA
Wendy Yarborough (at right) Albany, Georgia
| Credit: Courtesy Kaitlyn Yarborough
Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“My mother doesn’t prefer bells and whistles when it comes to face wash. She looks for something that gets the job done without stripping her skin.”

Buy It: Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser, $13; honest.com

Lancôme Définicils High-Definition Mascara
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“In the end, she always comes back to this dependable department store find. ‘I just know I’ll be happy with it,’ she says.”

Buy It: Lancôme Définicils High-Definition Mascara, $28; nordstrom.com

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“To Mom, a really good SPF is worth the splurge when worn daily to fend off wrinkles and fine lines. She also jokes that it works even better under a sun hat.”

Buy It: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, $34;
skinceuticals.com

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“This drugstore retinol formula is bolstered with hydrating ingredients to stave off irritation.”

Buy It: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol, $37; walmart.com

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Rouge
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“Mom says, ‘A classic red lip can change your whole attitude in a second and doesn’t need anything else to shine.’”

Buy It: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Rouge, $38; sephora.com

Kosasport Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant
Credit: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

“As a nurse working on her feet all day, she was hard-pressed to find a natural aluminum-free deodorant that could keep up. This is the first one to pass her discerning test.”

Buy It: Kosasport Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant, $15; sephora.com