How To Nail The Mob Wife Aesthetic

Our Instagram feeds are currently flooded with gorgeous women donning siren-red lips, fur coats and enormous black sunnies, and quite frankly, we’re in awe. Enter the mob wife aesthetic, where everyone from Dua Lipa to Hailey Bieber is going about their days rocking animal prints and chunky gold chains like nobody’s business. Think you have what it takes to be a (faux) first lady of the mafia? Of course you do. Here’s what you need:

The Lips

Your eye is immediately drawn to the boldness of a mob wife’s red lipstick. And we love it. As you know, we consider red lippy to be a year-round accessory and a must in every make-up enthusiast’s collection. All you have to do is pick your signature shade and finish. We can’t get enough of this Armani Beauty lipstick’s blood-red hue and how it has a longwear hold from dusk til dawn. We have the matte formula to thank for that. Minimum touch-ups for the win!

Armani Beauty Lip Power Matte in 408 Vibrant

The Eyes

Taylor Swift sings “draw the cat eye sharp enough to kill a man” and we think that’s the perfect mantra when creating your eye look. Black winged eyeliner takes centre stage if you want to achieve mob wife status, so it’s time you made peace with your pen or pencil. Our top tips to get razor-sharp edges? Get up close and personal with a magnified mirror and balance your elbow on a steady surface. Start at the middle of your top lash line and move outwards. Hold a business card against the corner of your eye or stick a piece of sellotape to help trace the perfect flick. Apply three to four coats of voluminous black mascara on your top lashes (and a light coat on your bottom lashes) to seal the deal. 

Maybelline Hyper Easy Liquid Eyeliner - Black 01
Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara

The Skin

Here are your instructions: Chisel your cheeks with bronzer instead of blush to give your skin that warm, Italian flush. Apply the powder to your eyelids to create a primer-like hold for your eyeliner. This will also look like an eyeshadow. Swipe your fluffy bronzer brush over your jawline to give extra definition. Use a long-wearing foundation, such as Estée Lauder’s Double Wear, to cover up any redness or uneven skin tone. The aim is to make your skin appears as flawless as possible.

Dior Forever Natural Bronzer in 05 Warm Bronze
Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place SPF 10 Foundation

The Nails

Mob wives are notorious for wearing more than one ring on their hands, so the nails need to be maintained at all times. Whether you keep them long or short, make sure they have a glossy top coat to give them extra shine.

Dior Vernis Nail Polish with Gel Effect and Couture Color in 080
Super Lustrous Nail Enamel in Black Cherry

The Scent

There’s no such thing as subtle when it comes to a mob wife’s fragrance. You’ll smell her long before she enters the room. Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl EDP has a heady but intoxicating note line-up of coffee, almond, Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac and tonka bean that’ll have you channelling your inner Griselda Blanco in no time.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum

Do you think you can pull off the mob wife aesthetic? Let us know in the comments below.


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