“This red-carpet look seems Halston-inspired to me—fresh, chic and classic,” said makeup artist Tim Quinn of Rihanna's effortless beauty at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. The look was also a big departure from Ri Ri’s usually edgy style. (How many women can go from an undercut to cascading waves and look equally stunning in both?) Here Quinn tells us how to create her sophisticated makeup.
Step 1: Start by creating a glowing complexion by mixing your favorite sheer foundation, like Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, with a luminous one, like Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Apply with a large foundation brush for smooth, even coverage.
Step 2: Softly define your cheeks with a sheer wash of bronzer so there’s some color and depth, but not so much that it competes with your eyes or lips. Try: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact-Bronze.
Step 3: To get earthy metallic eyes, choose a neutral color eye shadow palette, like Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. Using a soft shadow brush, apply a dark bronze shimmer, like Snake Bite, all over your upper eyelids. Then define your creases using a copper shimmer with silver microglitter, like Chopper. Define your upper and lower lash lines with a black matte shadow, like Blackout.
Step 4: Apply two coats of black-bronze mascara to your lashes to add volume and length with a softer look than traditional jet black. Try:YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Bronze Black.
Step 5: Skip lip liner, and apply a velvety orange-red lipstick. Try:Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #401, which has a luminous matte formula.
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team