For Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” video, makeup artist Kabuki, who has worked with Madonna and Michael Jackson, came up with some heavy eye makeup looks and left her lips au naturel. He went for “smoldering eyes and glowing skin” to look animalistic without coming off as a joke. Her eyes are at their most smoldering during the scenes where she is dancing in the desert, scarves blowing in the wind. Here’s how to copy the look:
- Start with a clean face, then use foundation and concealer to give yourself a smooth, even complexion. Make sure to cover under-eye circles since your eyes will be the main focus of this look.
- Use an eye primer (different from a face primer) on your eyelid to give the shadow a smooth base to adhere to and prevent creasing.
- Take black liquid eyeliner and follow the lash line from the inner corner to outer corner of the top and bottom eyelids, the inner rim of the lower lashes, and the inner corner of the eye.
- Take a black eye shadow (like MAC in Carbon) and apply it to the entire lid up until the crease. Carefully apply the shadow in a thick line under the lower lash line and in the inner corner. At the outer corner, create a cat’s eye-like look by swooping the shadow up so that it nearly touches the end of your eyebrow (there should be about a ¼-inch gap between the eyebrow and eye shadow at the outer corner).
- Smudge a slightly lighter eye shadow (like MAC Signed Sealed) just above the crease, over the swoop, and in the inner corner of the eye, above the Carbon shadow.
- Take a taupe shade (like MAC Seedling) and apply it to the center of the eyelid, right above where your iris would be when you look forward.
- Apply a highlighter or shimmery champagne-colored eye shadow (like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne) on your brow bone.
- Brush a highlighter (or a little bit more of that champagne shadow) down the center of your nose.
- Use bronzer to very slightly contour your face. Sweep it up from the hollow of your cheeks and under the cheekbones. Use a light touch; this should be barely visible.
- Finish the eyes with the darkest black volumizing mascara you can find, like Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara in Very Black.
- Complete the look with a matte color that is very similar to your natural lip color, or just apply a balm. Kabuki revealed that he avoided putting lipstick on Rihanna because it would have gotten all over her face with all of the movement in the video.
Now that your eyes are looking like Rihanna’s, the choice is up to you whether you want to complete the rest of her look. Those orange harem pants are a little bold for everyday wear, but now that you look this great, you can probably pull off anything.
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