Miriam “Midge” Maisel on Amazon’s award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the epitome of the perfect 1950s housewife. Her outfits are perfectly coordinated, her hair flawless, her apartment spotless. But Rachel Brosnahan, the Emmy Award-winning actress who plays the delightfully determined comedienne, admits she’s quite the opposite, especially when it comes to a skin-care routine.
“I think I’ve learned in response to Midge that less is more,” the 29-year-old star told me as part of her partnership with Cetaphil. “Midge has a very involved skin-care routine. Initially, I was a bit judgmental about it. But it works for her. It makes her feel great. It makes her feel her best. It makes her feel powerful and purposeful. And my skin-care routine does the same for me. Although Midge’s routine is essentially the polar opposite of mine.”
And while Brosnahan swears by drugstore care products like Cetaphil’s Gentle Cleanser, Purifying Mask and Ultra-Healing Lotion to clean and protect her skin, she also depends on a few reliable products for her simple makeup routine. “Makeup-wise, I love anything that I can stick my fingers into and can be used in multiple ways,” she says. “I’m always doing my makeup on the go—in the back of cars on the subway, on planes—so I try to keep a tiny little makeup bag of essentials.”
Here are Rachel Brosnahan’s favorites.
Vinter’s Daughter Botanical Serum
A serum is excellent for protecting against damaging free radicals and improving skin clarity and tone. For Brosnahan, Vinter’s Daughter Botanical Serum adds that little boost to her skincare routine. “This serum just adds a little bit of extra brightness, and it helps lock in moisture,” says Brosnahan. “It’s a great additional light moisturizer. I feel like it just keeps everything in and adds a little bit of extra glow.”
RMS Pot Foundation
Just because something is called one thing doesn’t mean it can’t be used differently. For example, the actress uses a foundation as a spot concealer. “I love the RMS Pot Foundation,” she says. “It’s really light coverage, so I feel like I can wear it without foundation. I can just sort of dab it on where I need it.”
NARS Stick Concealer
When Brosnahan does need a little more help, she relies on the NARS Stick Concealer. “If I need more coverage,” she says, “I love the NARS Stick Concealer.”
Since she can’t pack her entire makeup collection when traveling, the Golden Globe winner uses products that can be multipurpose. “Ilia makes really beautiful, natural-looking lipsticks that are made with natural ingredients,” adds Brosnahan. ”So I love that. I also sometimes will use that as a blush.”
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Mrs. Maisel is rubbing off a little on Brosnahan when it comes to one beauty item. “I love Chanel’s volumizing mascara with the really round brush,” she notes. “That’s sort of a beauty splurge of mine. But I’ve used it for a long time, and I love it.”
Bicycle Graphic Water Bottle
“It’s not necessarily a beauty item, but I try to bring a reusable water bottle with me when I travel,” says Brosnahan. “I do have a stainless-steel water bottle that literally says The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel all over it. But I don’t travel with that one because it gives me away at the airport. Instead, I use one that has a bicycle on it. It’s great for filling up before getting on the plane.”