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Best hair, makeup, and nail looks from Cardi B’s Up music video

Best hair, makeup, and nail looks from Cardi B’s Up music video

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Text: Emily Heng


She might be singing about being stuck in her latest single, but it's safe to say that Cardi B is far from uninspired. The mind-blowing looks from her Up music video is evidence enough; a smorgasbord of outrageous makeup adornments, incredible hair configurations, and seriously decked-out claws. But then again, did we expect any less? To save you the trouble of hitting rewind multiple times, we've gathered the best of beauty looks from the icon herself. Emulate 'em the best you can, we say — and hey, if anything, it'll give your relatives something to talk about this CNY.

 

Braid it all back

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It's a fishtail braid! With, uh, further interlacing patterns and... a heck lot of accessories? We discover something new every time we peek this 'do. And if there's anything we've learnt it's to embellish, embellish, embellish. In true Cardi B style, make sure you pick out accessories that sparkle.

 

Drippin' in diamonds

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Diana Spencer's revenge dress has got nothing on this. Channel spurned-yet-fabulous widow vibes by taking a leaf out of Cardi's book — though it's probably best if you skip out on the cross charm dangling beneath her killer smoky eye. Our advice: skip out on this controversial accessory and let your nails do the talking instead. Hey, the sharper, the better for clawing out your detractor's eyes (jk).

 

Heads are gonna roll

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You can now finally re-purpose those Barbies from your childhood.

 

The eyes are the windows to the soul

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Fluorescent green isn't the easiest of colours to pull off, but Cardi B sure is making a case for this vibrant hue. It serves up a nice contrast against the conservative pearl face jewels spotted on her dancers; the best of modern makeup juxtaposed against classic options.

 

Blue is the warmest colour

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Or, well, turquoise. Seriously, though — we wouldn't recommend chewing on those extensions like Cardi is.

 

Hairspray galore

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The higher the hair, the closer to God, right? Either that or she's invested in a ridiculously tall bump-it hair insert. Maybe stand in the back for family pictures should you decide to sport this 'do for CNY.

 

Nineties nostalgia

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Restrict coloured liner to your lower lid for a playful look that doesn't appear OTT. Cardi B ups the showy factor by scooping up her locks in a gravity-defying half-pony.

 

Medusa tresses

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Okay, we're at a loss as to how to achieve this look without professional help. Are they braids? Twists? Newfangled 'locs? We'll be awaiting the tutorial ASAP, thanks.