Unpretty Rapstar Confident Makeup Tutorial: Inspired by Jessi

jessi final

The general vibe of reality TV show Unpretty Rapstar is tough, brave, confident, and sexy. The eight female rappers battle with each other using their lyric writing skills and performance abilities – each has a distinct personality and style. From Episode one, Jessi (full name Jessica Ho) caught my eye as not only the most confident/sassy but also the most experienced rapper on the scene, being the oldest rapper among the eight. She is a Korean-American who is currently not very active in the entertainment industry, but is seen as a dominating female rapper in Korea. She has definitely experienced her fair share of failures and successes, and I personally admire her resilience. This look is inspired by Jessi’s signature full lip, strong eyeliner, and heavy eye contouring. Her makeup style embraces her sexuality, but completely breaks out of the overly cute and feminine makeup trends in Korea, which to me is awesome, of course! Enjoy and release your inner rapstar.

Main inspired color scheme: red, bronze, black

Photo Credit allkpop

Base and Eyebrows:

I’ve already applied base here, but I’d lean towards a higher coverage foundation that matches your skin tone. For eyebrows, I’m going towards heavier application as well.

jessi before

What I’m Using:

Innisfree Melting Mineral Foundation (W1)

Hey Nature Easy Draw Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil

Contouring and Highlighting:

Let’s do a more natural version of the Kim Kardashian contouring here to achieve her sharp, tough look. Apply contour cream below the cheekbone, along the jawbone, on the edges of the upper nose area, etc, as shown. Apply a wash of highlighter powder down your nose and on your upper cheek area below your outer eye areas.

jessi contour 1

Blend away (and blend well, please)!

jessi contour 2

after blending

What I’m Using:

Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer (#3)

3CE Magic Touch Face Maker (#PINK)

Eyeshadow and Eyeliner:

After applying primer, add a shimmering orange-bronze color onto all the lids for a dramatic base color. (What I’m Using: Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in Teddy Bear)

jessi bronze base

Then, apply a dark matte brown slightly above the crease line to give depth to the eyeliner we will be adding on (What I’m Using: e.l.f Flawless Eyeshadow in Beautiful Browns)

In the middle of the eyelid, add a pop of bronze shimmer eyeshadow. (What I’m Using: NYX Powder Blush in Terracotta)

Lastly, add a thick layer of eyeliner and wings out into a subdued cat-eye, like so. (What I’m Using: Clio Kill Black Waterproof Eyeliner)

Here is the finished eye look:

jessi eye finished 1 jessi final eye 2


We are going for a Kylie Jenner lip look here. First, use a burgundy lipliner to line and gently fill in the lips. Line slightly outside the natural lines of your lips for a fuller look. (What I’m Using: NYX Lip Liner in Burgundy)

jessi lip outline

Then, we are going in with a blue-toned red lipstick and slathering that on. (What I’m Using: NYX Creamy Lipstick in Hero)

jessi lip done

Here is the before and after (closed eyes for better contrast):

jessi beforejessi after photo

Here are two more fancier pics! Let me know what you think:jessi final pic 1

jessi final 2


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