On Saturday, Rihanna, wearing a silk, gold, trench dress plucked fresh from Riccardo Tisci‘s Spring 2019 collection for Burberry, hosted her very first Fenty Beauty Artistry and Beauty Talk masterclass in Dubai. The award-winning popstar was joined by Fenty Beauty global makeup artists Hector Espinal and Priscilla Ono at the Armani Hotel, where she shared some of her best kept-beauty secrets and tips with the jam-packed audience. Also making a surprise appearance was former Vogue Arabia cover star Halima Aden, who starred in the first Fenty Beauty campaign.
During the class, the Wild Thoughts singer took budding makeup artists, professionals, editors, and beauty enthusiasts through some of her best tips and beauty tricks, while Espinal and Ono created a series of traffic-stopping looks on models using products from the bad gal’s range. The 30-year-old hitmaker also got in on the action by showing off her expert makeup-applying skills on one model.
Nearly two years in the making, Fenty Beauty dropped in September 2017, with a whopping total of 91 different products, including basic beauty essentials such as lip gloss, blotting paper, and primer. But perhaps the selling point of the collection is its inclusivity. Featuring 40 different foundation shades designed to suit each and every skin tone, plus a universal lip gloss, the superstar singer refuses to leave anyone out (Cue: the campaign video, which featured a diverse cast of models of all ethnicities.) During the event, she further emphasized the importance of representation in her brand, saying: “Inclusivity is very close to me. It’s all I know. I hope everyone can expand and wake up.”
Fans in attendance also got an exclusive sneak peek of a new charcoal-colored Stunna Lip Paint shade rendered “Uninvited”, which is available for purchase online and at Sephora stores. “The best way to show up to a party,” she said coyly, “is Uninvited.”
The event was co-sponsored by Sephora, and tickets ranged from AED 1,000 to 7,500, with all proceeds going towards Dubai Cares, a charitable organization that works with UN aid agencies and international NGOs in an effort to improve children’s access to education in developing countries.