Not every makeup look needs to be super complicated. There’s a lot you can do with very little. Case in point, the heavy liner and nude lip that crooner Rihanna wore to accentuate her bright Christian Dior dress at the Brit Awards the other night.
After prepping the face (cleanse, tone, moisturize, foundation), get the eyes ready by applying an eyeshadow base like MAC Paint or Paint Pot in a color similar to your skin tone. Then using a blending brush like MAC #224, apply a slightly shimmery eyeshadow about 2 shades darker than your skin tone on the lid and into the crease. Apply a sheer gold eyeshadow (like MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow) to the brow bone area (you can lightly dot the area with your pinky and blend. If you’re pressed for time or just want to do the liner, you can skip this part.
Then take a black waterproof eye pencil (like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero) and apply it to both the top and bottom waterlines. Go over the line several times until desired thickness then smudge either with a smudging brush (like MAC #214) or the edge of a makeup wedge. Apply 2-3 coats of mascara.
For the cheeks, first apply a bronzer (try Cover Girl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in Brown Bronze for light to medium skin tones and Ebony Bronze for caramel to darker skin tones). Use a thick fan brush like Crown Brush C143 Deluxe Fan Brush to apply the bronzer in a controlled manner. Then apply a rosy blush like NARS Blush in Dolce Vita on top of the bronzer with an angled blush brush like MAC #168. Rosy blushes are typically universally flattering. Dolce Vita will look great on all shades of brown.
Then apply a shimmering nude lip gloss like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Gloss (Cocoa Sugar looks great on darker skin tones, Golden Nectar looks great on caramel skin, while Rose Gold looks great on lighter skin tones). See Nude Lipstick for Skin of Color for more nude shades.
Get your makeup to stay put with a few spritzes of Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Spray.
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So who’s trying Rihanna’s look?