Rita Ora is the modern-day renaissance woman: The It-Brit musician/model/actress has been clawing her way to the top—with a flawless manicure, no less—and ultimately landing on our cover. We’ve loved her all along, of course. So with the release of her second album on the horizon, not to mention a high-profile cameo in a little movie called Fifty Shades of Grey, everything’s coming up Rita. Behind the scenes at her cover shoot, makeup artist Kate Mellinger crafted the Rimmel London spokesgirl as a grungy-glam goddess, but still kept her classic beauty look intact (using Rimmel London’s Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in “All Day Seduction”). “I used her iconic red lip look, but I kept the skin texture more real and added a pared-down depth to her eyes—not perfect-looking, but still gorgeous. It’s hard to mess up that face!” Meanwhile, hair stylist Chris Appleton was inspired by “a ’90s Kate Moss vibe,” so he added a pink tone to her hair for extra edge, and then doused her strands with texturizing spray. But nothing made Ora squeal more than when nail artist Fleury Rose started shaping and painting her long, almond-shaped nails with deep metallic and iridescent polishes—set with deep blue Swarovski crystals for extra bling, of course.
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