Michelle Obama Wore This $16 Holy-Grail Glossier Product on Inauguration Day


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This past Wednesday was, undoubtedly, a high point in political history (we're still reveling in joy and relief), but we'd be remiss not to point out the high notes that Inauguration Day hit in the beauty and fashion categories, too. Lady Gaga wore a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture outfit, Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman wore a double-breasted Prada Natté Toile Coat in the dreamiest shade of yellow, and Vice President Kamala Harris's Christopher John Rogers coat and dress have inspired us to wear purple (and only purple) for the rest of the year. Oh, and we most definitely can't forget former First Lady Michelle Obama, whose signature curls, divine smoky eye, and monochromatic maroon banked a permanent spot in our Saved folder. What's more, Obama's stunning Inauguration Day beauty look is super achievable, mask friendly, and finished off with one of our favorite mascaras of all time—Glossier's Lash Slick ($16). Surprised? We're not. 


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If you've been following me and my fellow beauty editor Courtney Higgs here on Who What Wear, you already know Glossier's famed mascara is our absolute favorite wand to ever hit the market. (The definition! The length! That flutter!) So when Obama's longtime makeup artist Carl Ray shared his step-by-step process with Elle on Thursday, our obsession was further validated by the fact that Lash Slick played a starring role in Obama's head-turning eye look. Pairing the mascara with a lush set of falsies (by Lilly Lashes, if you're curious), neutral shadow, and chocolate-hued shimmer, Ray created a beautiful eye-centric makeup look that just goes to show face masks need not put a cramp in our beauty style. 

Keep scrolling—below, we're sharing Ray's complete Inauguration Day product breakdown so you can re-create Obama's mesmerizing look at home. 

Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day Makeup Breakdown

For her base:

For her brows:

For her smoky eye:

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.