Are you itching to know the secret behind Cardi B's flawless makeup looks? In this post, we've got you covered with the 411 on the rap icon's beauty routine. It all starts with healthy, blemish-free skin, and thanks to the Bronx native's makeup artist Erika La Pearl, we can share with you how the rapper pulls off her show-stopping drip.


Erika likes to start by washing Cardi's face and then drying her skin with a light towel. She recommends using a gentle cleanser. Never use a harsh exfoliant before applying makeup, as it can dry out the skin and cause skin irritation. 


Have you ever noticed that annoying peach fuzz that shows up underneath your foundation and face powders? Well, dermaplaning helps get rid of those little hairs on your face and dead skin cells. After cleansing Cardi's skin, Erika likes to make sure it's completely dry because dermaplaning is most effective on dry skin. She lightly glides a dermaplaning tool across Cardi's face to help brighten, soften, and smooth the skin. Erika stresses that no matter how expensive or high-coverage your foundation is, it won't look flawless if your skin isn't properly prepped.


Next, Erika moisturizes the Grammy award-winning artist skin with a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. As an added precaution, it's vital to choose a moisturizer that doesn't clog your pores. 

Get Glam

Now that the "WAP's" star skin is prepped and ready to go, it's time for Erika to apply makeup. For the 2019 Billboard Awards, Erika applied Koh Gen Do foundation to Cardi's face, a medium-coverage, long-wearing foundation that creates a natural, luminous finish. Erika finished off the rest of the look with Anastasia Beverly Hills products, including the brows, eyes, and lips. So whether you want to get glammed up, rock a natural look, or go without makeup entirely, you can benefit from some of these tips. 

After all, our girl Cardi B. chose Erika as her MUA for a reason.