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Get The Look: Rihanna

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Get The Look

Rihanna is a 19-year-old singer from Barbados. She has sold over 15 million records worldwide, and is well known for her voice as well as her smoldering looks.

How to recreate her look:

  • Always start with a clean slate! Even out your skin tone with a smoothing foundation or some concealer, and top with a little matte powder (MAC Blot is an excellent choice, or NYC's Translucent Powder would work well also).
  • Rihanna's skin tone is naturally bronze and deep, if yours is not, apply bronzer lightly with a Kabuki or face brush to areas where the sun would naturally hit it (the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose). Make sure you blend, as you don't want unnatural streaks or patches of bronzer on your face.
  • Sweep a nice taupe or nude eyeshadow across your eyelids. A lighter nude or white shade should go along your lashline to make your eyes appear larger. You can also use the lighter shade to highlight your brow bone. NYX makes a nice color trio (#3 Nude/Taupe/Dark Brown) that could work for this look. Keep in mind that Rihanna's clean eyebrows frame this look and make sure yours are also well groomed.
  • Next, use a fine liquid black eyeliner to line along your top lashes. If you do not like liquid, you can also use a black gel eyeliner such as MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. Curl your lashes and apply several coats of black mascara (L'Oreal HIP is a great choice), or you use apply false lashes if you're feeling daring. Line your lower eyelid with a black kohl liner.
  • Lightly(!) apply a deep reddish toned blush to your cheeks. You do not want this color to show up too boldly, but just enough to set off the red in the lipstick you will be wearing. NARS Blush in Mounia is an excellent shade for this. If you are pale, you may want to skip this step all together.
  • Lastly, finish off the look with a nice sweep of brick red lipstick. Clinique's Different Lipstick in Double Fudge would look nice on a darker skin tone, or you could opt for a more subtle red if you are fairer, such as Ripe Raisin.
  • Rihanna's lips in this photo are not too glossy, so there's no need to go overboard with gloss. If your lips feel dry, exfoliate them first and then apply a nice lip balm to smooth them out before putting on the lipstick. If you like to wear lipliner, wear a shade that is identical to your lipstick for this look.
Feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions!


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