Cardi B. Is All About Milani’s $10 Drugstore Foundation — and Other Secrets From Her Makeup Artist

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Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City.  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images


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Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Proving you don’t have to spend a lot to look #flawless, Cardi B.’s makeup artist Erika La’Pearl just shared that the award-winning rapper’s go-to foundation is a drugstore find. Cardi’s glam look comes courtesy of the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer, which retails for just $10. And while La’Pearl mixes some prestige products into the fearless fashionista’s routine, the Milani complexion perfector isn’t the only drugstore find in her arsenal.

In an interview with Refinery 29, La’Pearl shared that she often preps Cardi’s skin with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes to start off with a super clean base. From there, she likes to layer Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrating Face Oil and Tarte’s Poreless Mattifying Primer to ensure her makeup glides on smoothly and stays put.

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When it comes to applying foundation, Cardi — like so many of us — is in between shades, so La’Pearl mixes the two-in-one Milani formula in 06 Sand Beige and 09 Tan for a perfect finish. She likea the equally affordable bh Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer that sells for just $5.99 for under eye coverage and spot treatments.

The makeup artist admitted that she first tried Milani on Cardi for her 2018 Grammys look because she didn’t have time pick up a bottle of her favorite NARS formula, and the drugstore staple held up just fine as the rapper walked the red carpet and took the stage.

Cardi is all about contour — especially sculpting her nose — so La’Pearl starts by adding dimension with the Black Opal True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation in Beautiful Bronze, before breaking out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium/Tan. She uses the the Nutmeg and Copper Brown shades to further emphasize those sky-high cheek bones.

If you’re looking for a gel eyeliner that won’t budge, La’Pearl likes the $5.50 Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner for Cardi, while the $6.50 NYX Face and Body Glitter comes in a rainbow assortment of of shades for added shimmer. For a perfect pout that stays in place, La’Pearl lines the rapper’s lips with the $4 NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Nutmeg.

Leave it to Cardi B. to show us how to be dripping in finesse sans the giant price tag!

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