Cult-Classic Beauty Products Both Me and My Mom Can Vouch For

Karen Williams and Kathleen Barnes
Photo: Christian Barnes

For as long as I can remember, my mom has instilled in me and my sister the importance of skin care. We were always told to wash our faces before bed. She taught us to use our ring fingers to gently apply products under our eyes, never to rub or pull. As for her mainstays, she doesn't care if something costs $10 or $200—a great product is a great product. Most of all, we learned that the purpose of makeup is to highlight our inner beauty and confidence. –Kathleen Barnes of

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Full Lashes

Loreal Voluminous Lash Primer
Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

"One or two applications prior to mascara will add serious va-va-voom to lashes."
Buy It: L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Primer, $9;

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Silky Locks

Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original
Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

"We've both been using this hair oil for years. Applied from the middle to the ends of wet hair, it detangles, smooths, and adds shine. You can also use it on dry strands to eliminate frizz."
Buy It: Moroccanoil Treatment Original, $44/3.4 oz.;

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All Day Wear

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

"There's no better setting spray when you want your look to last through long days in the Southern heat. It locks it all in."
Buy It: All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, $42;

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Subtle Lip

Mac Lipstick in Twig
Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

"An old faithful of Mom's, this is a great neutral mauve lipstick that works like a charm for both fair and olive skin tones."
Buy It: MAC Lipstick in Twig, $19;

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Face Refresh

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Mary Beth Wetzel

"I use five or six drops of this luxurious face oil in the evening, and it always feels like a treat for my skin."
Buy It: Active Botanical Serum, $65/5 ml;

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