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10 Questions With Mylah Morales, RiRi’s Makeup Maven

Miss Mylah

Super swaggy, drop dead gorgeous and lethal with a lip brush, Mylah Morales is one of the industry’s most lauded celeb makeup artists (she’s also a closet queen, just like me — the two of us in the same room is an explosion of glitter, sequins and faux lashes). She’s worked with everyone from Jennifer Hudson to Leona Lewis, but she’s famous for changing the game as Rihanna’s makeup artist. Basically, she’s responsible for practically every wild, fab, trendsetting look RiRi’s rocked since she pon de replayed. Seriously. This woman is a visionary, an artiste.

Here, the jetsetting diva answers the ten questions I ask all my favorite makeup artists!

SYB: What beauty products are on your nightstand?

Mylah Morales: Caudelie Beauty Elixer, Talika Eye Therapy patches, Bliss Triple Oxygen Mask, Smart Water, my i-Phone, and moisturizer

SYB: What are the top 3 favorite celeb looks you’ve created? 

MM: I have so many…and they’d probably all have to come from Rihanna’s black hair era.  We had so much fun with that haircolor; it gave me some of my favorite red carpet moments!

Rihanna's '08 Kids Choice Awards look -- hot pink lips and teal liner -- helped ignite the Crayola-bright makeup trend. Mylah is so baller.

SYB: Neon…is it over or ovah?

MM: Over. I’ve done it to death! I prefer classic, timeless beauty.

SYB: What are the five staples in your makeup kit?

MM: Giorgio Armani foundation, a beauty blender sponge, lashes, moisturizer, bronzer

SYB: What makeup trick instantly glamifies your look?

MM: Easy — add lashes! A fierce fringe always adds glamour. Or try a bold, bright lip. Instant day-to-night swag.

Rihanna's Grammys 2012 look, courtesy of Mylah. Exquisite.

SYB: What’s your best advice for creating the no-makeup makeup look?

MM: Just apply concealer under the eyes and over any blemishes, add blush and finish with a little highlighter on the cheeks to add a luminous glow.

SYB: What beauty “don’t” drives you insane?

MM: Badly-blended makeup and overly-made up anything!

SYB: Who’s your makeup icon?

MM: I take a lot of my inspiration from old Hollywood goddesses like Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Bridgette Bardot.

SYB: What’s the one makeup product every woman needs to own right now?

MM: Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick…I am currently obsessed.

SYB: All I want is gorgeous, glowy skin.  How do I get it?

MM: I live for glowy skin! For instant radiance, I use MAC Cream Color Base in Shell or any Nars highlighter.

SYB: This look is so wrong it’s right:

MM: Piling lashes on top of each other. It’s so wrong, but I live!

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  1. @felicity_happy
    April 24, 2012 2:21 pm 

    Rihanna always has expertly lined eyes.

  2. afife
    April 6, 2015 12:56 am 

    While it is true that her work is good, what most people out there don’t know is that she is one of the most self absorbed individuals I have ever encountered throughout the years. I have had the misfortune of working with her several times over the years. She is shallow, cruel and has subscribed to the notion that everyone else is beneath her. She started out as a make-up artist on the counters at MAC at the malls in Los Angeles, and definitely worked her way up to where she is today. However, she touts herself as some sort of “high-brow” intellectual whose humble beginnings seem to have gotten lost in all of her self-proclaimed fluttery. The fact is, she is as pretentious and as ill-bred as they come. She is shallow and immature, and most people within our industry put-up with her only because she is part of Rihanna’s team. In the privacy of our inner circles, we consider her intolerable. She is also a raging alcoholic. Suffice it to say that it is unfortunate and ironic that she is surrounded in beauty, yet does not manifest that beauty from within. Her snobbery and narcissist behavior is offensive and her cantankerous ways have caused many many people undue hurt and undeserved pain. She does not impress, nor should she be given recognition as a “role model’ for young girls out there, or anyone who aspire to do the same. Pat Macgrath, now she’s worth the praise and accolade because at least she manifests beauty from the inside and out. Mylah, not so much. That’s the truth.