Earlier this October, we were treated to one of the most provocative fashion shows around, the Savage x Fenty Show Volume 2 and it was a visual feast of talent, sexuality and drama. Never one to conform to society’s ideals and beliefs, Rihanna put on a show with a cast of diverse models (mostly celebrity friends) of all shapes, sizes, skin colours and ages. “I embrace all types of women,” she says to Vogue. Among those famous faces were Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Chika, Indya Moore, Irina Shayk, Lizzo, Normani, Paris Hilton, Willow Smith and more.
While Rihanna was applauded for her creativity, originality and serving escapism in the time we all need right now, she also came under fire for one of the songs used in the show. Titled ‘Doom’ by London producer Coucou Chloe, the track featured vocal samples of a Hadith, which are records of sacred Islamic phrases, saying and actions of Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Muslim fans all over called out the singer for the blatant disrespect. However, Rihanna has since apologised with a statement saying that it was an honest and careless mistake, and that the use of the song in the show was completely irresponsible.
Mistake aside, the show served plenty of epic beauty moments created by the Fenty Beauty Artistry team led by Hector Espinal and Priscilla Ono, both Fenty Beauty Global Makeup Artists. Five unique looks were done to tell the distinct stories of each ‘world’ within the show. Before makeup was applied, each model was prepped with the Fenty Skin Start’rs, Rihanna’s real life skincare regimen. Read on for the artists’ breakdown of the looks.
Filled with greenery and lit up with neon lights, the garden set called for a dramatic makeup look. “You’ll see magical hand-crafted flower petals for the top and bottom eyelashes and lots of blushed cheeks carried on to the nose for a dramatic flush,” says Priscilla. This look was accented by perfectly pink pouts and lots of sparkle on the cheekbones by layering several different shades on top of one another to create a fantastical effect.
Instead of going for the dark and dirty mechanic look, they went the bold, glam ‘90s route instead. “We went full glam – matte skin with an unexpected green smoky eye,” says Hector.
1920’s imagery serves as inspo for a dark beauty look. Hector explains, “We blocked out brows and layered feathered lashes, blending mattes and shimmers to create dimension and depth with darkness. We finished off with a dark bold lip and a black heart to match the Black Widow’s soul.”
This look took inspiration from Rihanna’s hand-drawn doodles and illustrations. “We wanted the models and dancers to look like they were a part of Rihanna’s drawings, so we created a unique line work application using both liquid and pencil liners for varying effects and finishes,” says Priscilla.
“We wanted it to be shimmering, dramatic and fierce, to show our inner strength that’s not always apparent in the mirror,” says Hector. Brows were erased and the eyes were defined by an elongated cat eye, and used lifting tape to strong features, while also decorate the entire lid and taking it above the brow with shimmer for radiant reflection.”
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