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Rihanna is pretty faithful when it comes to her makeup looks in music videos. She inevitably gravitates towards warm shades with a clean, sharp finish. But even with this general rule of thumb, our girl RiRi still manages to pull off different looks with varying colour intensities.

Let’s go down the shade spectrum, shall we?

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1. Can’t be Rude with Nude

What Now (2004)

What Now (2004)

The most wearable look in our list, we can totally see ourselves in this face paint for a casual day out. Give the blusher and strong bronzer a miss, and go easy on the brows. Pick out a nude lipstick with the closest shade to your skin tone. Even with the most understated look, Rihanna can’t give her eyeliner a miss; line only the outer corners of your eye with a dark brown liner and blend it slightly upwards for a muted look.

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To stretch your dollar, use your brow pencil to line your eyes. Pencils work pretty well with blending brushes and a little patience!


Try: Etude House’s Drawing Eye Brow in #01 Dark Brown (SGD6.90). The colour is so buildable, you won’t even require a brush to get the right intensity.

2. Coralicious

rihanna take a bow

Take a Bow (2009)

Taking it slightly up a notch, bring in the coral for the lips, eyes and cheeks. Dab the colour on your cheekbones, lips and the outer end of your eyelids.

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Invest in a multi-tasker that can be used all over the face so that the colours you use are kept uniformed.

Stila's Convertible Colour in Peony

Try: Stila’s Convertible Colour in Peony (SGD35). Meant as a dual lip and cheek cream, they work great on the eyes too!

3. Shine Bright Like Rihanna!

unfaithful rihanna

Unfaithful (2006)

For this look, it’s all about the shimmer, that’s quite reminiscent of the 1990s! Pick out products with the glitter works, and apply them on your brow bones, inner corner of your eyes, cheekbone and nose bridge. The highlight of this look is definitely the metallic lip; line your lips with a lip liner, and after applying your chosen shade of dark pink lipstick, dab a lip gloss with high shine over it.

NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yoghurt

Try: A catchall product for this look is NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yoghurt (SGD9). Besides having a very dense shimmer, its creamy texture makes it perfect for all that highlighting. The sharp pencil tip will also help you get all the edges of your lip!

4. All Attention on ‘Em Lips!

rihanna american oxygen

American Oxygen (2015)

The focus of this look is on bold, red lips. Spend more time concealing the discolouration on your lips; pay particular attention to the corners and cupid’s bow (that’s the arch in the middle of the upper lip). Rihanna’s cupid’s bow game is strong. For us commoners, we can try emphasising our cupid’s bow by using a highlighter/lighter shade of concealer to line that area.

Matte revolution lipstick bad blood

Try: For this look, you want a strong, matte lipstick. Our holy grail is Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick (SGD33). This gives a beautiful matte texture but has a creamy formula and strong pigmentation. Go for Bad Blood, for a bold red shade. This will be available at Sephora from 20 August (that’s tomorrow!) onwards.

5. Nope, She Didn’t Get Punched

Where Have You Been (2011)

Where Have You Been (2011)

To bring out the strong eyes, keep the other parts of your face nude and matte. Go in with dark arched brows and dark smokey eyes. The eyeshadow will take a separate post itself, but no worries, we’ve found that Michelle Phan has done a similar look on video here:

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