This lady in red captivated her audience at the entrance to the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in LA earlier this month. Crimson lips, sexy tousled hair and fiery eyes – we love Rihanna’s updated look. Here’s how to shine like a diamond.
If you’re blessed with natural waves, enhance them with VO5’s Smoothly Does It Curl Defining Mousse, R45. Apply to damp hair, twist, curl and it’s done.
If you have an abundance of hair like Rihanna, to create loose waves, spray damp hair with ghd’s Heat Protect Spray, R180. Blow dry, then use a curling iron with a large barrel to curl random sections of hair. You might want to try the BaByliss Instant Heat Curler. Finish with a strong hold hairspray like Luminous Hairspray by Moroccanoil, R280, to make the look last.
Rihanna’s skin has a radiant glow. To brighten your face, before applying your make-up, do a quick exfoliation and follow with a super-hydrating moisturiser. Try the Vitamin C Skin Boost from The Body Shop, R160, for instant smoothing radiance. Use primer to banish any redness or excess oil – it makes your make-up last longer too. Next, apply under-eye concealer, then a matte foundation and dust with a little translucent powder if you like. Finish off with a brush of The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Brilliance Power, R165, to your cheeks.
Dab a shimmery eye shadow onto your upper lids to reflect light. Sweep a pale brown shade over the middle of your lids and blend. Revlon’s ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadows, R165, have the perfect combination of colours for this look.
Next, using a liquid liner, draw a smooth line along the upper lashes and wing it out ever so slightly at the edge. BlackUp’s new Liquid Eyeliner, R230, works well. Line your bottom inner-eye rims with black pencil. You’re going to need to pull off a bold red lip, so don’t overdo your eye make-up.
To create a classic red lip, line your lips with pencil liner in the same shade as your lipstick (or slightly lighter if you don’t want a noticeable line) to ensure your lipstick doesn’t bleed. Try an Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil, R265. Rihanna wears a tomato red matte lipstick like M.A.C’s in Russian Red, R180.
Tip: When wearing a bold colour, use a lip brush to apply your lipstick, as any slip-up will be immediately obvious.