This Average Girl Tried Rihanna's "Going Out" Makeup and the Finished Look Is, Well, Lit

Hello! My name is Emma and I’m a news writer here at As you may know, our Lord and Savior Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a wizard with the makeup brush, so, as someone who is not, I thought I could learn a thing or two by watching her 10-minute “going out” tutorial for Vogue.

Like I said, I’m an amateur at best when it comes to makeup. I can barely scrape together a smoky eye on a Friday night. And half the time I go to work without even fully blending my foundation. But! I also like to learn, so here I am. Please, join me on this journey.

One of Rihanna’s first steps is to contour. She basically glides the stick ALLLLL over, no holds barred, while creating a “V” shape on her neck for a slimming effect. I, however, go way overboard, making my neck look like I rubbed it in dirt.

This rollercoaster doesn’t get intense until the eyes. Rihanna uses pink highlighter instead of traditional shadow, which is cool except for my usual color palette consists of neutrals. All neutrals. I gotta give it to her, though, because this sh*t really pops.

The next step is blush. Let’s get one thing abundantly clear: I love the look of rosy cheeks on other people, like RiRi, but blush and I are not friends. I get flushed super easily, so the idea of accentuating redness is downright terrifying. Rihanna, on the other hand, goes IN with her application. So I do the same, with dire consequences.

Then comes highlighter. According to Ms. Fenty, you can never do too much and it’s important to “play” with it. I have to respectfully disagree, because my cheeks could literally cause a car crash rn, they’re beaming that much.

Okay, here’s where it gets really tricky — the inner-eye shimmer. Upon application, I expect it to look like a beautiful little dusting that adds a ~subtle sparkle~. Being the pro that I am not, I f*ck it up by applying too much and get it everywhere.

Then I try to fix it…

But hey, learning is about making mistakes, right? Lots of mistakes? *Laughs nervously*

After the always-important bright pink lip gloss, Rihanna finishes the lewk with body shimmer. Nothing feels more right than to adding shimmer to my situation, all over my clavicle.

Once that’s over and done with, the look is complete. Finito!

Overall, this tutorial wasn’t that difficult to do, it only took me 20 minutes, and it turns out the colors are gorgeous, they’re just not for me.

There aren’t enough makeup wipes in the world, IMO.

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