Basically, Rihanna was present without even being there. While she most likely watched Joe Biden’s inauguration on television, it were her products that still made their way to Washington D.C. The former First Lady, Michelle Obama, wore two Fenty Beauty products. Speaking to Elle magazine, her make-up-artist Carl Ray reveals that he used a Match Stix and an Eyeliner from Rihanna’s cosmetics brand.
As the mask would cover her lower face, Ray wanted to focus specifically on the eyes: “The eyes and lashes would be the star of this particular look“, as he confirms. Apparently, the look was planned weeks in advance and took about 30 – 60 minutes to put on. According to Ray he put the Fenty Beauty Flyliner on top of Pat McGrath Labs’ Permagel Eyeliner as Rihanna’s product is “true inky black that stays put all day and night.“ He applied the second liner for a more dramatic look on the lash line, as Elle reports. Yet it’s unknown which Match Stix he used for contouring. The matte skinstick is available in 15 shades and can also be used for concealing and highlighting.
Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris wore Sergio Hudson; winner of Rihanna’s “Styled To Rock”
Meanwhile even Michelle Obama’s dress from the same day connects her to Rihanna. The monochromatic outfit in purple was completely designed by Sergio Hudson. The now 36-year-old started his professional career at Rihanna’s design competition show “Styled To Rock” (USA, Bravo TV) which he won in 2013.
According to several sources, he even designed pieces for the two outfits Vice President Kamala Harris wore at the inaugural events: The shoes for the first outfit during the day and the entire cocktail dress including a floor-length silk tuxedo overcoat for the evening. In an emotional Instagram post he would later call that moment an “honor“ in his life: “I thought of my beautiful mother, my sister, my niece, my daughters, all through this process.“ Hudson was four years old when he knew that he wanted to become a designer.