Modern Classic Makeup: Rihanna's Red Lip Look


We are here with veronica for this week’s video. You may remember back in March when we showed you our tutorial on how to do the classic Marilyn Monroe makeup.

This week we are going to show you a modern take on this look that's been made popular by icons like the “Bad Girl” herself, pop-icon turned makeup mogul, Rihanna. Rihanna’s popular makeup company Fenty Beauty has taken the fashion and makeup world by storm since it’s release in september of last year. With such a wide array of shades for every complexion, it’s no surprise that Fenty continues to grow in popularity.

We could think of no better way to pay tribute to her, than by showing you how to pull off this magnificent style. This look uses classic colors, and modern application to create an edgy modern version of the classic ‘pinup’ makeup that is red carpet ready and bound to turn a few heads!

Without much further ado, let’s get started.

Creating an Even Base Tone

For today’s look, Veronica is going to be trying out a new makeup primer. She is going to be using the Urban Decay Self Adjusting Complexion Primer. This complexion primer is designed to fill in pores and fine lines, as well as match the natural pigment of your skin. While this is not a matte primer, and good primer will absorb natural oils to prevent shine, and prevent you from having to reapply your makeup throughout the day.  

She begins by applying the primer to her whole face, making sure to get even coverage in those tight spaces next to the nose, as well as through the middle of the face and down onto the neck and jawline.

Compared to some of the primers we have used in our other videos, Veronica can tell the difference right away! This primer went on feeling silky and soft, and was super easy to apply. This is what a good primer should feel like - luxurious.

Next up, veronica applies a CARA tinted moisturizer.

Finally, she applies a mineral powder from Jane Iredale to set the look.

This is how a good primer should look! Smooth and even tone, with a slight mattifying effect. Her pores are filled in nicely and the look of her skin is flawless.

The Eyebrows

For this look we want to create a more updating modern looking brow.

To do this, Veronica is going to be using a shade from her favorite Tartlette Amazonian Clay Palette.

If you want to learn more about how to apply color to your brows you, check out our tutorial on how to properly fill in your eyebrows.

Eye Shadow

To create her eyelid color, veronica is using the lightest shade from her tarte palette.

She applies the highlight color to the whole eyelid.

Next, to create a bit of contour, she is going to strategically apply some of the shade she used to fill in her brows. You don’t want to go too dark here. While we want to create a bit of a shadow, it should be subtle. You don’t want to do a full on gunmetal eyeshadow for this look, so using medium brown shade will add a nice touch of contour to the look without going overboard.

Starting from the outer corners, you want to apply your color with a stippling technique, and gently feather it in over top of the previously applied light pigment.

Next, using the brush that was used for the light pigment, Veronica blends the edges of the dark pigment to create a diffused transition and erase any harsh lines.

Eye Liner & Mascara

For the bottom liner, she uses a Too Faced black gel liner. This is a great product that applies very well, and is really easy to work with. We love our gel liners.

For the bottom lashes, she is using a Makeup For Ever black mascara.

Next, she’ll create the winged eyeliner using a Kat Von D. Tattoo Liner.

Next, a little bit of mascara on the top lashes to create just an extra bit of volume.


For today’s look, veronica is using a pair of the Dirty Flirt lashes from the best dollar lash club, Dollar Eyelash Club. These are a 3D-Faux mink style that is 100% cruelty free. And what’s better, is that you can have them delivered right to your door!

These are a tapered style lash, and they will accentuate our cat eye makeup look ‘purr-fectly’. If you are new to the lash game, check out our tutorial and learn how to apply false lashes like a pro mua.

The Lips

It’s always good to apply a bit of chapstick before applying lipstick or lip stain to prevent your lips from drying out. After that, you’re ready to apply the liner.

For today’s look, Veronica is using a red liner from Aveda. When creating this kind of look, it is good to use a liner that is 1 or 2 shades darker than the color you are using to fill the lips. Using a darker liner color creates a really crisp definition and makes for a super flawless finish.

For the fill color, Veronica is using a Kat Von D. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade “outlaw”. This is a nice luscious red shade that isn’t too warm. Cooler shades of red are great for creating both classically seductive and and glamorously modern pin-up inspired makeup looks like this one.

You want to apply the fill color over top of the liner.

Contour and Highlight

With any great makeup look, you want to contour and highlight. 

Next, a bit of highlight on the top of the cheekbones, the forehead, the top of the nose, and just a bit on the chin.

For the contour, Veronica is using a Sephora Powder Palette.

You should apply your contour around the edges of the hairline, under the cheekbones and a bit on the jaw line to create a subtle definition.

You can see how the contour creates an almost chiseled looking definition and really brings out the cheek bones. The lips are big and bold, and the eyes POP. We love this look so much.

This look can be adapted to suit every face shape and skin tone, which is a big part of why it is such a classic! Try it out for yourself and be sure to tag us on our Instagram in your best makeup selfies.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below and tell us what kind of videos you would like to see in the future.

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