The first time I heard about Rihanna was back in 2006 from an in-the-know coworker: “She’s a singer from Barbados. Her skin! She glows.” She went on about this Rihanna’s many talents and I half-listened, but then I actually looked her up. K-beauty was not a thing yet, but boy did her shine look sweet.
Ten years later, Rihanna – now, RiRi – has thrown a curveball with her eighth album, Anti, a mash-up of genres and attitudes that’s a surprising departure from the big-tent pop of her past. Perhaps the only constant of Rihanna’s chameleon-like beauty has been her seemingly effortless ‘I woke up like this’ dew. The woman behind the face that’s sold 10 million albums (and counting!)—makeup artist, Mylah Morales, shares just how to channel the power of pop’s baddest bitch.
Rihanna in “Bad Gal Rihanna,” W magazine September 2014.
“It’s about the glow, and being fresh.”
Skincare: Guerlain Orchidée Impériale The Cream, $455, neimanmarcus.com.
“I like to see skin, and not so much of a mask”
Foundation: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, $64, giorgioarmanibeauty.com.
“We’ve been playing up her eyebrows the past few years. We also change. It’s something new, for now.”
Brows: Dior Sourcils Poudre, $2, dior.com.
“After I’m done with the skin, I like to use a highlighter. I like to really pack it on.”
Highlighter: Nars Highlighting Blush, $39, narscosmetics.com.
“I use bronzer (and highlighter!) to give the skin that beautiful glow.”
Bronzer: Guerlain Terracotta, $53, nordstrom.com.
“I like her to look young, fresh, and edgy.”
Eyeshadow: Narsissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, $79, narscosmetics.com.
“She’s like my Barbie doll. I like to make her look like a pretty little doll.”
Mascara: Diorshow, $28, dior.com.
“For a music video, there’s always a treatment.”
Lips: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in French Kiss, $20, maccosmetics.com.