In Full Bloom: Cardi's Makeup Artist Breaks Down Her Bardi Baby Announcement Beauty

Cardi B performs on stage during Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on June 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images)

As you by now likely know, our favorite regular, shmegular, degular diva, Cardi B, announced that she’s officially a mom by posting a never-before-seen pregnancy pic to Instagram on Wednesday morning with the simple caption “Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18.”


But let’s talk about that announcement photo: Cardi clearly did it for the “Kulture,” as the then-pregnant star was immortalized by photographer Jora Frantzis in a flower-filled image, wearing nothing but her tattoos, a glorious mane of naturally textured hair and gold jewelry—her dangling earrings and armfuls of bangles (by Dylan Lex and The Ivy Showroom, respectively) only eclipsed by her massive pear-shaped, diamond engagement ring.

Cardi’s key makeup artist Erika La’ Pearl generously gave the intel on the look, which was created in tandem with key hairstylist Tokyo and stylist Kollin Carter, who dressed Cardi in a custom skirt by Project Runway alum Michael Costello for a second shot.

But since fashion clearly wasn’t the focus here (though we’d love more details on where to acquire that hair), we’re going to skip to that flawless makeup look, which La’Pearl created using products almost entirely from the super-affordable BH Cosmetics—which is currently having a massive sale.


After prepping Cardi’s natural pregnancy glow with Stacked Skincare’s Dermaplaning Tool ($75), La’ Pearl applied BH’s Naturally Flawless liquid foundation ($9.50, now on sale for $6) which is vegan, contains moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and boasts ultra-lightweight but medium to full coverage. And though the brand currently only carries an 18-shade range, those shades span from Ivory to a very true Deep Espresso.

For extra coverage, La’ Pearl used the impressive 20-shade-range Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer ($6, now $4), before setting with Studio Pro Matte Finish Press Powder ($8, on sale for $5).


To create that gorgeous bronzed eye, La’ Pearl dipped into shades from BH’s Studio Pro Ultimate Neutrals Palette ($24, currently $15), highlighting with the brand’s Duo Light Highlight Palette ($31, now $17) and then intensifying the glowing effect on Cardi’s exposed skin by using the Blacklight Highlight Palette ($17, on sale for $9). La’ Pearl finished off the look by stacking TL3 3D Luxury Mink lashes ($12.80) from Tatti Lashes to give the mom-to-be a starry-eyed effect and applying a deep red lip.


If you’ve been keeping count, that means that minus the dermaplaning tool, Cardi’s look can be recreated for the bargain price of $68—but only while BH’s sale lasts through Wednesday (or use La’ Pearl’s discount code, ERIKA). But all beauty talk aside, congrats to the beautiful, brand new mama!

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Maiysha Kai

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.