For Rihanna, Sunset Highlighter Is the New Way to Strobe

Shine bright like a diamond

As supermodel Joan Smalls stomped around a series of towering pink sand dunes on the Fenty x Puma catwalk, Rihanna nervously chewed on a rainbow-colored talon while she watched the monitor from backstage. But there was no cause for concern, in their neon BMX biker- and surfer-inspired wares, the girls lit up the dark and cavernous Park Avenue Armory—thanks in part to their new Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter that was swirled in a “C” shape across the tops cheekbones and brows by makeup artist James Kaliardos.

The intensely strobed look was seen on RiRi herself last week at the Fenty Beauty launch, where the same spot was gilded with the ultra-shiny formula in Trophy Wife. For the show, however, Kaliardos layered multiple shades for a multifaceted finish reminiscent of a sunset. Warm copper (Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule) swirled together with a shimmery rose and peach (Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal) on the higher points of the face. For added depth, use the creamy Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Confetti (an iridescent opal) at the base to give powder highlighters even more pop.

For a more subtle glow that doesn’t necessarily need to be seen from the back row (or outer space), opt for a gel formula—like MAC’s new Strobe Glaze used to frost models cheekbones this morning at Rosie Assoulin. Or repurpose a lip gloss—like MAC’s forthcoming Retro Matte Liquid Lip Color in Metro Chrome, applied to apples like a bronzer by face painter Tom Pecheux at Brandon Maxwell—for a sultry, supermodel sheen. To give sun-kissed summer skin an all-over boost, do as Grace Lee did backstage Monse and mix a few drops of Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid with moisturizer for “luminosity without looking like you strobed on purpose.” But regardless of the wattage, the biggest beauty lesson learned backstage this season: Shine bright like a diamond.  

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