Rihanna Nailed the Met Gala Theme So Well That Even Her Makeup Was Heavenly

Updated 04/19/19

Undoubtedly, last night's Met Gala red carpet was a spectacle, as the guests didn't just embrace the "Heavenly Bodies" theme. They all-out embodied it, donning halos and crosses like they were going out of fashion. But when we managed to avert our attention from the truly extra outfits, we also sized up plenty of beauty looks that might actually translate into the real world, if no longer paired with religious garb. These were our favorite of all the hair and makeup looks from the Met Gala 2018.

The most poignant example of this was indeed Rihanna. Yes, it was hard to see past her (totally on-theme) pearl-encrusted papal miter, but upon closer examination, it became clear that her makeup was just as heavenly, if for completely different reasons.

Rihanna Met Gala makeup 2018
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Just as you'd expect, Rihanna's complexion was suitably glowy in all the right places, and it was all thanks to Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Priscilla Ono. How did she achieve such otherworldly perfection? We have the full 411.

Ono started by lacing Rihanna's skin with Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer to mop up any extra shine and lay down a smooth foundation for the products that followed. Next, she applied the brand's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, which, if you haven't used before, is a really comfortable matte-finish foundation with plenty of coverage—just what you need for the fanciest night of the New York calendar.

Next, Ono used Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Truffle, which is a few shades deeper than Rihanna's skin tone. These easy-to-use sticks are super blendable, so when applied around the edge of the face and in the hollows of the cheeks, they can give a face natural-looking definition. On the lips, Ono applied Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked, adding a little extra shimmer on the top and giving the look a little '90s nod.

And then the final and, arguably, the most important step was the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder—a translucent powder that works with any and every skin tone to diffuse the look of pores and to absorb any surplus shine.

Shop Rihanna's Met Gala 2018 beauty look below:

Rihanna Met Gala 2018 makeup: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer $32
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While it's true this primer will hide pores and mattify shine like typical formulas, it's more cushiony and skin-friendly, so you aren't left with a chalky, dry veil over your complexion.

Rihanna Met Gala 2018 makeup: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 370
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Team Byrdie is a big fan of this long-lasting, buildable matte foundation that works with the skin for a silky-smooth finish. It's no wonder RiRi turned to this formula for her angelic Met Gala moment. 

Rihanna Met Gala 2018 makeup: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Truffle
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Fenty Matchstix is the perfect on-the-go touch-up product or just a straightforward way to simplify your usual routine (no tools necessary).

Rihanna Met Gala 2018 makeup: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked $18
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No matter how small your going-out purse is, these thin lip colors are the perfect fit for your bag and for intricately filling in the contours of your lips.

Rihanna Met Gala 2018 makeup: Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder $32
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The excitement of Met is sure to bring on a little nervous sweat, but this universal, flashback-free powder will banish any excess oil without disturbing the rest of your face.

Once you've got Rihanna's heavenly makeup on lock, why don't you try one of the other hair and makeup looks from the Met Gala?

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