How Rihanna’s models got the most poppin’ highlight of NYFW

When we first hit the backstage of the Fenty x Puma spring and summer 2018 show, we were absolutely stunned by the three-dimensional cheekbone highlights the models were sporting.

Everyone from perennial pros Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls to girls-of-the-moment Duckie Thot, Kaia Gerber and Slick Woods was positively glowing backstage. Whether the models were looking up from their phones to the mirror, or leaping across the room to hug each other hello, their cheekbones were shimmering and shade-shifting from yellow to pink to blue and back again with every single movement.

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Seriously, I’ve never seen anything like this 3D rainbow beat, and I’ve layered a few highlighters in my day. The Fenty Beauty team knows WTF they’re doing. Here’s Rihanna sporting the look below:

So rih just saved fashion again #youcanthankherlaterbutimathankhernowtho

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The highlight was part of a full-on Fenty Beauty look, of course. And we’ve got the deets on how to recreate it yourself.

These are the products you’ll need:

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Confetti

And these are the steps to achieve 3D highlight perfection, according to lead makeup artist James Kaliardos:


To achieve strong and shimmering, gradient color, layer multiple shades of Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters to create one-of-a-kind finishes and color to ignite eyes, cheeks, temples and lips.


Start with the warmer tones like Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule and apply lighter hues, like Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal, to higher points of the face, starting from the cheekbones and extending the sheen above brows in a “C” shape to catch the light and lift the face.


For a luxurious effect, lightly dust Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife to cheekbones. As the light changes, different colors will emerge for a sultry, sunset-hued appearance.

Pro Tip:

To create added depth for lighter skin tones, use Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Confetti as a base before applying Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters.

Et voíla. Go forth and stunt!

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