Cardi B has had her slew of public appearances, and although the chart-topping rapper loves to experiment with her hair looks, the makeup is more on the consistent side: big lashes, nude lips and contour. And if fans wanted to achieve the “Bodak Yellow” artist’s look, her makeup artist Erika La’ Pearl says that it’s not only accomplishable but affordable. “I’m glad we changed her look over the years,” La’ Pearl told Refinery 29. “Before, she could look a little clownish. Now, I think she looks a lot more polished and put together.”
The makeup guru revealed Cardi’s face-prep routine: She uses Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes “before anything, because I want a clean surface.” From there, she applies a little moisturizer and lets it dry a bit. “I go on top of that with Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrating Face Oil and let that sit for a couple minutes.” And finally, she adds Poreless Mattifying Primer from Tarte, “to give her foundation a really even look.”
As for foundation, La’ Pearl dished on the products she uses that are (shockingly!) under $10. She mixes two shades, 06 Sand Beige and 09 Tan, of Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer.
Contouring on the nose is a must for the Grammy-nominated rapper, who uses the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium/Tan for sculpting and Black Opal True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation in Beautiful Bronze on face and nose.
Her go-to for eyes matches the rest of her look with a more nude aspect. “She prefers really neutral colors on her eyes, so I use Ofra’s Contour Eyes palette which has lots of browns,” La’ Pearl said. “On the other hand, she likes very full lashes because her eyes are small. I stack two pairs of Goddess falsies from Lilly Lashes and use a curler to make them stand up and out.”
Aside from her beauty buys, La’ Pearl also offered a glimpse into working with Cardi, revealing that her energetic personality can make La’ Pearl’s job tougher. “From start to finish, it takes a while to do her because she doesn’t like to stay still!” said the professional. “She’s always getting up to get something to eat, always doing business calls. It takes a good hour and 30 minutes, sometimes two.”