Get the Look: Rihanna’s Winged Eye Makeup

Fashion Bomb reader Whitney recently wrote in asking, “I love Rihanna’s makeup in this pic. Can you please show us how to re-create the winged look with eyeshadow?”

But of course!

The key to an eyeshadow look like this is through layering. For a look that involves layering with such a bold shadow, do your eye makeup first before foundation as there is a big chance of eyeshadow fallout.

Grab a good eyeshadow base like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, MAC Paint or MAC Paint Pot. You can also use a cream liner, concealer, or any tacky (as in the consistency) makeup product so the eyeshadow has something to adhere to. To really make the shadow color pop, use a base in a similar color. If you’re using a nude base (one close to your skin tone or colorless) apply it up to the brow bone. If you’re using a same-color as your shadow base, don’t let it extend past your crease. Use a nude base on the brow bone.

Next grab a shocking mid-tone blue like MAC Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow. Apply the first layer with a densely packed eyeshadow brush like MAC #217. Apply the next layer with an angled eyeshadow brush like MAC #275. As you get to the outer corners of the eyes (by the crease) use the angle of the brush to guide you in making the “wing”. If you need help making the shape look neat, enlist the help of the edge of a business card. Apply a few more layers or until your desired boldness is achieved. Highlight the brow bone area with a matte eyeshadow about 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone.

Line your eyes with a black eyeliner pencil like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L. then using a pencil brush like MAC #219, apply the blue shade in the area directly under the lower lash line staying as close to the bottom of your lashes as possible. Apply 2 to 3 coats of mascara. Clean up any fallout with a wet Q-tip or eye makeup remover.

Finish the face with a liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever HD Foundation or Make Up For Ever Face and Body Liquid Foundation and set with a loose powder like BECCA Fine Loose Finishing Powder. Apply a bright coral-pink blush like Illamasqua Blush in Tweak (I have seriously been wearing this blush everyday for the past month and a half since I bought it despite having like 20 other blush shades–it looks gorgeous on all shades of brown skin). Apply a neutral pink lipstick like MAC Viva Glam V to complete the look.

Add a few spritzes of a makeup spray like MAC Fix+ or Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting Spray (to prolong the wear of makeup especially on oiler skins) to finish.

And you’re done!

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So who else is trying this look?