Find Out How Cheap and Easy It Is To Get Cardi B’s Signature Look


All of her Instagram posts that shout out Fashion Nova’s affordable clothing have pretty much cemented Cardi-B as the Queen of Ballin’ on a Budget, but the Bronx rapper makeup routine is also affordable. Her makeup artist Erika La’ Pearl says that Cardi’s signature polishes look is completely do-able.

The makeup guru told Refinery 29 that she uses Neutrogena’s $6 Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes “before anything because I want a clean surface.” From there, she applies a little moisturizer and lets it dry a bit. “I go on top of that with Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrating Face Oil and let that sit for a couple minutes.” After applying the Poreless Mattifying Primer from Tarte, “to give her foundation a really even look,” La’ Pearl is ready to start applying makeup on the Bodak Yellow star.

For foundation, she mixes two shades of Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer, 06 Sand Beige and 09 Tan. Each bottle of foundation costs less than $10 and can be found at your local drugstore.

The Grammy-nominated artist’s contour is a little more expensive. She uses a combination of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium/Tan for sculpting and Black Opal True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation in Beautiful Bronze on face and nose. The Black Opal foundation stick is also a drug store commodity and costs $10.

The Bronx Bombshell’s eye-makeup stays true to her glamorous nude theme. “She prefers really neutral colors on her eyes, so I use Ofra’s Contour Eyes palette which has lots of browns,” La’ Pearl said. “On the other hand, she likes very full lashes because her eyes are small. I stack two pairs of Goddess falsies from Lilly Lashes and use a curler to make them stand up and out.” Each set of lashes costs $30.

La’ Pearl also says that the rapper’s high energy can make La’ Pearl’s job tougher. “From start to finish, it takes a while to do her because she doesn’t like to stay still!” said the makeup artist. “She’s always getting up to get something to eat, always doing business calls. It takes a good hour and 30 minutes, sometimes two.”

Maybe now someone can show us how to stick out our tongues and still look cool.