Rihanna‘s make-up artist has revealed the secret to the singer’s flawless complexion – and it involves matching your concealer to your skin tone.
Fenty’s global makeup artist Hector Espinal, who is from the Dominican but lives in New York, learned the trick during his years working at renowned beauty brand Sephora.
The quick shade test, which he shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, will prevent you from ever leaving their houses with an orange complexion or foundation tide line ever again.
The first step involves stretching your arm out straight and with the other hand, pressing down on your skin with your index finger above your wrist.
Rihanna’s makeup artist Hector Espinal has revealed the simple trick to help you match your concealer to your skin tone. Simply extend your arm out straight and press down on your skin with your index finger just above the wrist. You then observe the first colour that your skin goes as you release that finger and use that as a guide
Rihanna’s make up artist recommends testing a sample of the shade on your chest rather than your face, neck or any other area, as this will reveal your natural tone
The moment you remove your finger, observe the first colour that your skin goes. For cool undertones, Hector advises you would expect it to turn pink, blue or red and alternatively for warm undertones, it is usually yellow, peach or golden.
Hector explains that the trick works as whatever colour is revealed will show you which of the main undertones your skin has.
These undertones have a huge impact on the overall colour of your skin and combined with your surface tone, which includes skin colour and redness, will give you the perfect colour match for your base products.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the successful make-up artist also revealed his top tips to achieving a flawless coverage.
Make up artist Hector Espinal, Rihanna and Priscilla Ono during her Fenty Beauty Artistry and Beauty Talk in collaboration with Sephora, for the launch of her new Stunna Lip paint “Uninvited” on September 29, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirate
Hector learned the trick during his years working at renowned beauty brand Sephora which will prevent women from leaving the house with an orange complexion
Choosing the right concealer shades
‘I always say, concealer is like Spanx. If you’re wearing it, you don’t want anyone to know,’ said Hector.
He went on to explain that the most common mistake he sees with regards to make up application is when people layer on too much concealer.
To avoid this common error, the make-up artist recommends you use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your foundation for your dark circles and slightly darker for spot correction.
How to stop product gathering in smile lines
Ageing and crows feet often come-hand-in-hand, so to prevent make up gathering in such areas, Hector advises keeping the product away from the outer corners of your eyes and applying it slightly lower under your eyes.
Using the correct shade of foundation
Hector recommends you test a sample on your chest rather than any other area on your body, as this is the one area which isn’t exposed to any external conditions such as the weather, so will reveal your correct, natural tone.