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Since becoming a Global Artist for Fenty Beauty in 2017, Priscilla Ono has become an authority on achieving a flawless face, and if you need any proof just look to Rihanna. In addition to helping with product development and training at Fenty, the makeup master has become Riri’s go-to artist for red carpets, campaigns, and editorials. Here, Ono shares her extensive makeup routine, favorite look she’s done on Rihanna, and how to achieve a feathered brow.
Can you walk us through your makeup routine?
“For my taking my time version, after skin prep, I use a primer. I have dry skin, so I love using the hydrating primer by Fenty Beauty. I’ve noticed that as I’ve been getting older, my pores have been getting bigger (how dare they), so the primer works great because it’s hydrates my skin, but it also helps diffuse my pores and gives a filter-like effect. Then I apply the [Fenty Beauty] hydrating foundation, and after I do a little bit of concealer. I like to use a peachy concealer versus a lighter color concealer. In the Fenty range, I like to use the concealer in #270, it’s super, super peachy pink and perfect for my under-eye area. Then I do my contour. I use my favorite Match Stix of all time, Suede, which is a matte shade. I’ve probably gone through seven of them in two years.
I don’t set my makeup until after I’m done with my eyes. I love eyeshadows and I’m so excited about the new Snap Shadow palettes. They’re really cool, interchangeable, super travel friendly. One of my favorites is our True Neutrals and I also love the Smoky palette. I think Rihanna has rubbed off on me since I’ve been working with her. I’ve noticed she loves greys and taupe-y colors, and I’ve grown to love them myself. After eyeshadow, I’ll do liner, and after I’ll do my brows. I use the Brow MVP. For a natural look, I’ll do the dark brown shade, and if it’s something more dramatic on my eyes I’ll do my brows a bit darker–it balances the look better.
After eyes, I set my face with Invisimatte first. It’s actually a blotting powder, not a setting powder or makeup powder, but I’ve come to love the product as a setting powder and recommend it for anyone who has dry skin, anyone who has problems with under-eyes crepe-ing. Even when I do Rihanna’s makeup I always use Invisimatte and then a setting powder after. Using the Invisimatte first, you set your skin so the [setting powder] isn’t going to attach to anything that’s wet and you won’t have that wrinkly effect. It will just be smooth and silky. After that, I use bronzer to warm up. I love our bronzers. I usually use Private Island. Then, I apply my lip. If I want something long-lasting, I’ll go for our lip paint; and if I want something that’s smooth and more glossy, I’ve been into our Mademoiselle lipstick and then our Gloss Bombs on top.”
Do you have any little-known makeup tips?
“For concealer, I prefer to do a tone that’s almost my skin color if not one shade darker, in more of a pink-y shade. I think that’s a really great tip for someone who has hereditary dark circles. Usually, hereditary dark circles are a lot harsher and are more purple and gray and are very hard to cover. A lot of times people think the lighter you go with concealer the better it’s going to look, but it’s always the opposite.”
What is a favorite look you’ve done recently?
“For Rihanna, I really love the look we did for her book launch. She wore this really gorgeous leopard dress and we did a negative space eyeshadow look, which we’ve never done before. It just looked so good.
On myself, I personally love doing more fun, bright looks. I think a lot of other people like to see them too because it’s different and you can’t find it just anywhere. I did a pink look in August where I wore a butterfly headband and did pink eyes, pink cheeks, pink lips. It was all monochrome, but really vivid and bright. I love to experiment on myself and wear looks that probably aren’t wearable for going shopping at the supermarket, but I’ll wear it there. Makeup you can just wash off, so why not have some fun?”
Are there any beauty trends you’re loving right now?
“I’m so vibing with feathered brows. I think I got burnt out on the carved, really harsh, strong brow. The perfect brow I’m over. Now I really love a nice feathered, pretty, bushy brow.”
How can people create that look on themselves?
“You can use any glycerin soap and wet it and run a clean mascara wand through it, then apply it on your brow. Then, with the other end of the mascara wand, press the hairs down the way you want them to go–upward and then at the tail, up and over. When you press them down, once they dry they stay like that. After, you can go in with your brow pencil and make little hair strokes in the areas that you need more fullness. Using the glycerin soap is genius.”
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