8 Beauty Secrets We Learned From Rihanna's Makeup Tutorial

Updated 07/07/19

When it comes to makeup, Rihanna is untouchable. Bad Gal RiRi has been serving us the best beauty looks for years and changed the entire makeup game when she dropped her revolutionary makeup line Fenty Beauty. If you can snuggle under the covers and watch YouTube tutorials for hours, today's your lucky day because this makeup tutorial trumps all. Rihanna just graced the cover of Vogue, and along with that, she released a 10-minute makeup tutorial that is pure gold.

Rihanna is so relatable and always keeps it real. She's no different in this getting-ready routine where she shares everything from learning how to contour to how she began slaying her own makeup. "I have been watching women do makeup since my mom, and then I started working in an industry where it was going to be a part of my everyday, basically, so I picked up a lot of tips," she says. And as you can imagine, Rihanna's been in many makeup chairs but admits that sometimes you just know how to do certain parts of your own makeup the best. "I'm super, super caught up about my brows and my nose contour," she says. Same, girl.

My friends and I have been texting iconic lines from her tutorial back and forth to each other all day like: "Hide that double chin—yasss," "When you get greasy on the fly, honey, it is no joke," and "the blend is real." As a resident Rihanna lover, I've watched her tutorial too many times to say this morning, but here are her best beauty gems.

Get a Little Messy With Your Foundation

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Rihanna starts by squirting out three pumps of her Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation—she wears shade 330—and begins blending it in with a makeup sponge. It's obvious that Ri's a full-coverage kind of girl: "I like to get messy with it," she says while applying a generous amount all over her face.

Contour Your Face for You, Not How a YouTuber Tells You To

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"Very important to contour your face, for your face. Not the way you see on every YouTube tutorial. Because everyone has a different shape," Rihanna explains. And she shares that she learned how to contour when she gained weight. "That's when it comes in real handy, believe it or not. Them fat days [when] cheeks looking like baby cheeks," she says laughing. She sculpts her face with Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha.

Never forget your neck, RiRi emphasizes, stating that you should do a triangle-shape contour in your neck area because "it gives you that long neck situation," she says.

Remember Concealer Is the Cure for All

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She likes to warm her concealer up on her hand first before swiping a dash underneath her eyes and blends it in with a makeup sponge. "Everybody knows concealer is made for hiding bags and dark circles and hangovers and bad decisions," the unfiltered queen says.

Never Leave Home Without Blotting Powder

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Rihanna sets her foundation, contour, and concealer with the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder. "I can never leave home without this. If it doesn't fit in my purse, then I'm changing my purse," she says.

Have Fun With Products and Repurpose Them

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It's clear that Rihanna likes to have fun with makeup. For instance, when it comes to bronzer, she applies it everywhere to "warm up" her face. She sweeps it across her contour. Then she uses the same bronzer as an eye shadow to bring life to her eyes—yes, to multitasking beauty products. She also repurposes her second fuchsia-toned eye shadow, which she describes as "Summer, sunset, love, drama, bitches!" After applying it on her lower lids, she uses the above "cheek-hugging" brush to apply the deep pink shadow for blush. "Smile so you know exactly where to put your blush," RiRi says.

You Can Hide Your Under-Eye Bags With Dark Eye Shadows

Rihanna admits when she's running on fumes and hasn't had much sleep, her trick to covering up her tired under-eyes is with deep brown eye shadows. When she has bags or wrinkles, she dusts a bit of dark brown shadow underneath her eyes to cover up her bags and add definition.

To open up her eyes even more, she adds a speck of gold to the inner corners of her eyes. "I like to do the corner of my eyes because it gives you a little zest or oomph," she says.

Don't Be Afraid to Layer Highlighters

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“I think the key to highlighter is not being afraid of it," Rihanna says. Her glow-up technique involves layering highlighters. She used three different highlighters in her tutorial. "I could get really carried away when it comes to highlight. I really could," she says. Same, girl.

The Body Glow Is Where It's At

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Rihanna retells about the times in the Caribbean when she used to use crushed eye shadow pigments and oils to create her own body makeup that she'd carry around in a plastic cup. So long to those days, thanks to her dazzling, latest creation: Body Lava. With her kabuki brush, she lathers this bronzey, shimmery oil all over her chest and shoulders. "And it's glorious—look at it," she says posing.

We can watch Rihanna do her makeup all day long, but that's a wrap. In just 10 minutes, Bad Gal RiRi is glowing and ready for the turn-up. "Where we going tonight?" she asks. Who is re-creating this exact look this weekend with me? I'll be practicing in the mirror until further notice.

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