‘Soap Brows’ And Other Tricks We Learnt From Rihanna’s Make-Up Artist

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Hollywood make-up secrets from Priscilla Ono

In case you missed the memo, the first Fenty Beauty pop-up is currently touring the UK. As part of the celebrations, Rihanna’s influential make-up artist, Priscilla Ono, flew across the pond to help showcase the beauty brand's latest eye make-up collection, 'Moroccan Spice' – and share some Hollywood secrets. First in line for a demonstration, we asked Ono about the tricks she uses on Rihanna that could elevate our beauty game, too.

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1. You should match your foundation to your shoulder colour
In case you missed the memo, the first Fenty Beauty pop-up is currently touring the UK. As part of the celebrations, Rihanna’s influential make-up artist, Priscilla Ono, flew across the pond to help showcase the beauty brand's latest eye make-up collection, 'Moroccan Spice' – and share some Hollywood secrets. First in line for a demonstration, we asked Ono about the tricks she uses on Rihanna that could elevate our beauty game, too.

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2. A face mist can be crucial to foundation
Firstly, are you using a brush and sponge? The Ono way to apply base is to do a light coat of foundation all over, (the Fenty Beauty one “is very buildable, so you can layer” if needs be), using a brush. “Then go over it with a sponge to sheer it out in areas that don’t need so much coverage, that way the skin never looks cakey but still has coverage.”

Secondly, are you misting your make-up? “If someone has dryer skin I like to spray a mist over the foundation [the Mario Badescu Facial Mist, specifically]. I’m very generous with it and then I press it in with a sponge.”

3. Set your brows with bar soap
The make-up is a big advocate of ‘Soap Brows’, which literally refers to setting the brows with bar soap, via a spoolie.

“It’s an old make-up artist trick,” she explains, and “because everyone’s obsessed with an editorial brow” (think brushed up, thick and feathery), this really makes them stick.”

As she demonstrates, you simply wiggle your brow brush in a solid bar of soap and then sweep it over your brows, once they’re filled in with any colour products. It practically glues the hairs in place, while maintaining a realness.


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