Meet Lora Arellano, the Latina Makeup Artist Rihanna Swears By

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Lora Arellano is a certified Latina #girlboss. She inspires one million followers on Instagram with her rockabilly and edgy glam looks, is la jefa of her own makeup line and she’s also the makeup artist to Rihanna. Here’s how Arellano made her mark, lipstick and all, in the cosmetics world.

She started following her passion early on.

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During high school, Arellano figured out she was a natural at transforming her friends with makeup. She begged her dad to let her go to makeup school. When he granted her wish, this go-getter maximized her skills by learning studio effects and photography while taking makeup classes.

She went from behind the counter to front and center.

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After she started working the makeup counter at Nordstrom, Arellano started to gain leadership experience as a manager — but her dreams were much bigger than a makeup counter could hold.

She made friends with business benefits.

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Arellano met her future makeup line co-partner Dana Bomar while working at Nordstrom. Both women wanted to start a makeup line and decided to launch one together after speaking over brunch.

READ: 7 Days, 7 Lipsticks with YouTube Star Diana Saldana 

She put her artistry in a ‘gram…

While working as a makeup artist, Arellano started uploading her makeup looks on her personal Instagram page to the delight of her ever-growing fan base.

And that’s how she became homies with RiRi.

That's a wrap! Glam team & the boss lady. @yusefhairnyc @badgalriri I love you so much? #brooklyn #NY

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Soon enough, one of Arellano’s biggest #fangirls on Instagram was Rihanna. RiRi was such a fan that she reached out to Arellano personally. Now Arellano has put eyeshadow and lipstick on Rihanna for everything from her global tours, to music videos, and more. She also has clients that include supermodels and artists such as Ciara.

Her makeup line looks good enough to eat.

It could be the name (melt) or the marketing ideas of lipstick cupcakes, but Arellano’s lipsticks and eyeshadows look delicious enough to sink our teeth into. Sorry wallet, but makeup is #bae. ??

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She still makes time for her fans.

Come meet myself , @danabomar & the team at @phame_xpo today ! Booth #425!! So amazing to meet you guys!!! Xoxo

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Whether its #BadGirlRiRi or the girl next door, Arellano is always willing to take time to meet and greet her fans. She even writes cards for her customers’ makeup boxes! ? ?

She gives lots of credit to her muse, Gwen Stefani.

?? Bun-ny hairs ?

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Arellano has said in interviews she digs Stefani’s fearless makeup look and we can see her channeling the cool girl vibe. Don’t you need to do a double take for this photo? Is it Stefani or Arellano?!

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She’s proud of her Latina roots.

Even with all the fame from being Rihanna’s personal makeup artist to the business of her makeup line, Arellano makes time to show off her Latina pride, whether it’s channeling Frida Kahlo or making an Insta collage of her fave drink, a Michelada. Our kind of lady.

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Fact: A Latino Named Rafael Won this Year's GOP Caucus in Iowa


Fact: A Latino Named Rafael Won this Year’s GOP Caucus in Iowa

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Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz made history at this year’s Iowa caucus. Not only did Cruz defeat Donald Trump, he became the first Latino in US history to win a presidential caucus/primary. Cruz, who was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother, is definitely Latino. But after his historic victory, a familiar question about Cruz re-emerged on Twitter: “He’s Latino, but is he really Latino?”

This guy reminded everyone that Cruz’s first name is as Latino as it gets:

Yes, Ted Cruz’s full name is actually Rafael Edward Cruz.

So, while some celebrated Cruz’s historic accomplishment:


Others were a bit more cynical about it:


This journalist wondered why Latino political organizations weren’t celebrating Cruz’s historic victory:

@Stella_Rouse opined that although Cruz may be Latino, he doesn’t look out for the best interests of Latinos:

@brittaufait explained why Cruz isn’t seen as the “Latino candidate”:


So, despite Cruz’s victory, Marco Rubio is seen as the stronger Latino GOP candidate:

But does that mean Latinos will flock to Rubio? Numbers whiz Nate Silver asked this naive question…

Several people let him know what we’ve been saying for years: All Latinos are NOT THE SAME.

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So while this guy said he would vote for Rubio…


Others reminded Silver that Rubio being Cuban doesn’t mean he’ll get automatic support from other Latinos:

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So, while Cruz made history, he has some work to do. There’s some people out there who didn’t even know Cruz was Latino:


But he may be winning some Latinos over:

READ: Here are 10 Republican Presidential Hopefuls with Chola Eyebrows Because Why Not?

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