Rihanna’s Makeup Artist Priscilla Ono Shares 5 Beauty Tips

Don’t know about you but I am a sucker for makeup advice that come from makeup artists. Especially celebrity makeup artists. You may all know by now who Priscilla Ono is, but for those who don’t Priscilla is the Fenty Beauty Global Makeup Artist and Rihanna’s personal makeup artist.

But she wasn’t always Rihanna’s go-to, Ono started out just like pretty much any artist out there, applying for a job at a Sephora store.

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Priscilla did an interview for ELLE, where she explained what that experience was like and what she learned from it:

Only a year into doing makeup, I worked there for three years as a cast member and color expert. It really molded me and gave me the knowledge that I have now about makeup. You learn how to work with different skin tones, eye shapes, and face shapes, and different types of makeup and styles—it takes time. I always tell people that if you want to be a makeup artist, make sure you’re willing to put in the time.” And, Ono has surely used her time wisely.

Fenty Beauty now is expected to be a billion-dollar company by 2020 which is amazing. Priscilla has over 670,000 followers on Instagram, waiting for her to drop any piece of advice or suggestion, then again we all want to know what Rihanna puts on her flawless skin, how does her makeup look good all the time. When Priscilla talks all we have to do it listen and take notes. In this interview, Ono shared some products everyone needs to have and let’s say I got really excited to see which ones.


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1.Oily skin

Priscilla suggests trying to add a few drops of your favorite face oil to a matte foundation if you have oily skin.

I have dry skin so the thing I love about the Pro Filt’r foundation is it’s not going to cake up on you—you can layer it and you don’t have to put too much powder on it because it has a soft, dry, matte dry-down. I like to mix a couple drop of face oil into my foundation. I use the Caudalie Premier Cru Precious Oil—three drops of it—and mix it with Pro Filt’r. Believe me when I tell you that your skin will look so gorgeous afterwards because you still have that longwear ability without your face feeling too dry.

Premier Cru Precious Oil

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2.Finely-Milled Highlighters

If there’s one thing out of Rihanna is known for out of all the things, is her perfect glowy skin. She can rock any kind of highlighter, any color, it’s actually insane. Well, Priscilla shares this Rihanna technique to look dewy and glowy.

Sometimes, I feel when the highlight is too powdery it makes you look too chalky. I love finely milled highlighters because it gives you the highlight from within look, especially the new Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb powder [out Dec. 7]. It’s the thinnest sparkle, but still so pretty. Rihanna taught me this technique where you take your shark tooth highlighter brush, then rub it into your skin. The more you press down those loose shimmers, the more sheen you give your skin. And, you can have a little fun with it: Apply it all on the tops of the cheekbones, on your temple, and maybe a little on the brow bone. They connect seamlessly on all those areas so you really don’t know where your highlight starts or finishes, and BOOM—you got the Rihanna super glow.


3. No Baking

I have to say I was a little bit shocked when I read this. However, if you want that beautiful, photogenic skin Priscilla suggests less powder.

If you want photogenic skin, less is always better. You don’t want to look too cakey when you have your makeup on because you can tell in photos. The less powder you put, the better. We usually don’t bake with a setting powder, we just use our Invisimatte Blotting Paper—it’s a thin, oil-absorbing, and a one-color-fits-all color that gives you that nice finish when you’re a little greasy but you still want a glow.

Invisimatte Blotting Powder

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4. Gloss Bomb As A Lip Scrub

This is news to me and I love it! The Gloss Bomb can also be used as a lip scrub, it smells absolutely amazing, it hydrates the lips and apparently, Rihanna uses it as a scrub!

Gloss Bomb is soooo good. It’s non-sticky, the color looks good on everyone, it smells great and is hydrating on the lip so we—Rihanna and I—take the Gloss Bomb and use it as a scrub. The lip gloss has shea butter in it, so what you do is remove the excess product, take the wand and rub off all the dead skin on your lips. The shea butter seeps into your lips and makes them plump and really soft and kissable.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

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5. Masks

Skincare is one of the best things ever! I join Priscilla’s love for masks because they make me feel like I am actually helping out my skin after wearing makeup all day. She shares some of her favorite products and I need to get on board and try them out!

Oh, I’m crazy for masks—it’s probably my favorite step in my skincare routine. Of course, I have to have a good face scrub, but I love a really good mask that unclogs the pores. After cleansing my face, the Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask takes all the makeup out of my pores and makes your makeup look really smooth. Then, I need a a brightening mask and the Tatcha Violet-C Mask is bomb, it makes your skin glow because it has vitamin C in it. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask and Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Sheet Masks are also my go-to’s.

I can’t wait to try these new tips, that finely-milled highlighter advice is the first thing I will be trying out.

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