How It's Done: Rihanna's Glimmering Gold Highlighter
See how to create a pretty gold sheen, courtesy of Rihanna's makeup artist Priscilla Ono
For the record: Rihanna doesn’t need any makeup whatsoever to light up a room she walks into. But at the launch of her Fenty Beauty line in September, the beauty guru gave us the gift of her dream gleam: A yellow gold highlighter she named Trophy Wife.
The Bad Gal didn’t just flash a new palette, she decked out her temples with the beautiful hue. According to the star’s makeup artist Priscilla Ono, Rihanna’s envious radiance is surprisingly easy to replicate. Watch the How It’s Done video above for her step-by-step for getting the perfect gleam.
To start, Ono applies a light layer of Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer to reduce the appearance of pores and prevent any unwanted shine. Next she blends Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation down the neck so there’s no obvious line of demarcation. Using cream highlighters, Ono brightens the eye area, chin and between the brows and creates a contour along the hollows of the cheeks and outer edges of the face, jawline and nose. After diffusing any harsh lines with a brush and a makeup sponge (that has a bit of foundation on it), she dusts on a coppery blush (in this instance a mix of Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule) to give the cheeks a hint of color. Then, she sweeps a cream eye shadow slightly darker than her subject’s skin across the lids.
For the finishing touch, Ono applied “light, translucent layers” of Rihanna’s Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife in an “E” shape going along the temple from the corner of brows to the outer corner of eyes to the high points of cheeks.
“I love this cream-powder formula because it’s so builable, we were able to create multidimensional layers on the face and eyes for sophisticated, monochromatic look,” Ono says.
Ono’s secret weapon for keeping this superfine shimmer from shining too bright? The Fenty Beauty Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush, which was cut in such a way that it deposits product evenly across contours of the face.
A nude lip gloss completed the makeup, which Ono then set with blotting powder. “It’s Rihanna’s personal must-do final step with any look, so I dusted a light layer all over the face to absorb excess shine and diffuse pores for an instantly filtered appearance.”
Rihanna’s glow was “the focal point of the look,” explains Ono. “[Everything] from head-to-toe was inspired by the gold metallic hue of Trophy Wife. We wanted to make sure that her radiant highlight tied in her outfit and jewelry in a really beautiful way.”
But if you’re not looking to exude 24-carat magic from your temples, Ono suggests trying this product on your eyes, lips or décolletage. “What I love most is there are so many different ways to wear it!”