We don’t think we’ve ever seen Rihanna, 28, without a complexion that was perfectly even and glowing. Not to mention her makeup is always on point, pretty much leaving her immune to those awkward paparazzi shots that capture loads of unblended powder under eyes and along cheekbones. A feat made all the more impressive since makeup options for darker skin tones are harder to come by. To help you mimic Rihanna’s glowing skin and gorgeous makeup, we rounded up some of the skincare and makeup essentials for darker skin tones.
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose
For her recent NYC outing, pictured above, RiRi opted for a glossy lip that still had a pop of pink color. To copy her, try this glossy finish lip pencil from NARS, whose super pigmented formula ensures the color will show up on darker lips.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Darker skin tones don't burn as easily as lighter tones thanks to the increased melanin production, but that doesn't mean you can skip the SPF. Not only does it prevent skin cancer and premature aging, but sunscreen will also prevent sunspots from popping up.
Iman Cosmetics Second To None Cream
All of the products in supermodel Iman's line were made specifically with darker skin tones in mind, so you're sure to find a shade that suits you. This foundation goes on like a powder for a matte finish, but is formulated with vitamins A and E to keep skin from drying out.
Lancome Artliner 24HR Liquid Liner in Silver
Rihanna skipped the traditional black eyeliner for a shimmering silver shade like this one that really made her eyes pop.
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20
Use this face moisturizer morning and night to keep skin hydrated while also exfoliating it to help even out hyperpigmentation.
Black Up Contouring Stick
Since your contour is supposed to be two shades darker than your skin tone, it can be hard for girls with naturally darker skin to find a right match. Black Up offers six different options with darker complexions in mind, plus, it's a double-ended product with a highlighter/contour combo.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Banish acne and shiny skin with this classic salicylic acid cleanser.