Happy Birthday, Rihanna! 13 Beauty Tips We Learned from RiRi

Rihanna has gone from island girl, to good girl gone bad, to just doing her. Here are the beauty tips and lessons in sexy we're learned from her thus far.

Virginia Lowman Feb, 19, 2016

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For days when you don't have 20 minutes to spend in front of the mirrow doing your makeup, the easiest way to look polished without looking too done is double-up on bronzer. Use a brush to warm up the perimeter of your face and apply the same bronzer to the creases of your eyes to add a little dimension. 

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Rihanna is a master at "girl next door" meets "rebel fleur" beauty (which explains the tatoo on her neck and the concept behind her Good Girl Gone Bad album). To find that beauty sweet spot between innocent and sassy, keep your beauty look neutral and up the ante with a dark matte lip.

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If you haven't caught on, collar bones are the latest body part to join the #BodyGoals trend. Next time you wear a strapless gown or top, draw some attention the delicate feature by lightly dusting your collar bone with your favorite highlighter. It will add a bit of dimension in just the right place.

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Beauty minimalists can learn a thing or two from Rihanna. While her haristyles are ever-changing, the singer has a basic beauty look that she sticks with most of the time. If you're a beauty minimalist, but you want to experiement with a different look, try dusting a metallic shadow along your lower lash line and into your crease. It takes minimal effort but delivers gorgeous results.

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We'va all heard that matching your makeup to your outfit is a general beauty no-no, but letting your makeup contrast with your look is a different story. Take a cue from Rihanna and rock a bold lip when your outfit has a softer color palette.

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In an interview with Vogue US, Rihanna said, "If I'm wearing a top, I don't wear a bra. If I'm wearing a bra, I just wear a bra." Now, if you're on the bustier side, this may not be an option for you. But, A, B and (small_ C cup girls can consider this the (semi) conservative way to free the nipple. However, you don't want to let the girls run free all of the time, it may speed up the course of gravity—and saggy never look sexy.

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If Laurel Thatcher Ulrich was right—if t's true that well-behaved women seldom make history, then nude lips are the beauty equivalent of a well-behaved woman. Take a chance and be a little daring with your beauty look. Whether that means ditching your straight hair for bantu knots or trying a bold lip. Have fun with your look.  You have the rest of your life to "play it safe," (though we don't recommend that you do.)

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The key to 'no makeup' makeup is bronzer. Warm up the perimeter of your face with a complimentary bronzer, preferably one with rose gold undertones if you've got toffee to chocolate-hued skin. You'll look 'done' with the sweep of a brush using just one product!

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Rihanna's wrapped hair was the talk of the night at the 2013 American Music Awards. She mede bobby pins stylish, proving that hair accessories needn't be expensive nor extravagant to make an impact and look great.

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If you're going to borrow from the past, add something to your beauty look that makes it your own. Take this 50s pin-up hair that Rihanna rocked at the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, she modernized the look by trading out the traditional matte red for a dark merlot lip. Easy to do and it still keeps the classic appeal, but with a super fresh twist.

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If you're going to show a little skin, making sure your skin is hydrated is key, but hydrated skin doesn't always give you that glow that you want in pictures. Enter body spray, a photo-obsessed girl's best friend. Apply a little body shimmer to chest, shoulders, and legs (if they're showing) for a healthy 'just returned from Barbados' glow.

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Rihanna never shies away from a beauty dare, but the singer definitely has a signature makeup look that she starts with and dresses up or down: the nude smokey eye. It's pretty, simple and a perfect foundation for whatever beauty look you want to try whether it's a bold lip or a graphic liner. Find your signature and test yourself to see how many different looks you can get out of it.