Dramatically long, '90s-inspired nails, bejeweled baby hairs, and shimmery, colorful makeup — Saweetie has given us all of these playful looks over the past year in anticipation of her album Pretty Bitch Music. The beauty moments in the music video for her latest catchy single, "Fast (Motion)," are no exception. You can catch the Bay Area-raised rapper living it up as a blonde athlete as she competes in multiple sports around the world.
Right off the bat, Saweetie is seen stretching in a baby blue Icy University leotard with a high honey blonde ponytail and thick, black cat-eyes before she proceeds to sprint into the next frame.
In a split-second, she's running down a soccer field in a blue-and-white soccer uniform, two little buns with a low ponytail in a similar golden hue, and white eyeliner to score a goal. The video continues like this as Saweetie plays a different sport in each scene with a new outfit, hairstyle, and makeup.
For each look, makeup artist Deanna Paley, who has worked with Saweetie for two years now, made sure to incorporate the rapper's signature Icy glam — a flawlessly beat face, fluttery lashes, and long, acrylic nails — into the athletic aesthetic. "Keeping the skin and the eyes the focus was the most important thing," Paley tells Allure.
Since they were shooting outside for long periods of time, Paley wanted to keep Saweetie's skin hydrated, glowy, and protected from the sun. QMS Medicosmetics's Ace Vitamin Day Cream and Intensive Eye Care Cream came in handy for peak moisturizing. She also slathered on Shiseido's Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+ to amplify Saweetie's dewiness.
To lock Saweetie's foundation into place for the long run, Paley applied the 2019 Best of Beauty-winning Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer, which has a lightweight formula she says she adores. Paley prefers foundations that look like skin for Saweetie's glam, so she reached for the Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation to give the rapper her even, smooth base as evidenced by the below still.
Bold liner and lush lashes were everywhere in this video because they are necessary to create the doll-like eye look Saweetie wanted. Paley often creates her signature "dolls eyes" or “Armenian Doll Eye” for clients by focusing on the eyeliner, lashes, and brows. "Armenian women (icons such as Cher and Kim K) naturally have features consisting of full brows, big eyes, and long lashes which we love to amplify and bring out with makeup," she shares. A sharp liner forms the shape that gives the "sultry, baby doll" appearance, while big lashes and fluffy brows bring everything together.
With the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner, Paley painted on Saweetie's razor-sharp black eyeliner. Though Saweetie tends to wear lash extensions, Paley likes to occasionally adhere additional falsies, which she did for this video, to form the rapper's preferred feline shape. Before gluing them on, Paley cut the Wahlash Saweetie lash into smaller pieces and strategically added them to the lid for a dramatic effect. She recommends curling your false lash to help bring the lash to life, especially for cat-eye styles. To shape the rapper's perfect arches, she went in with the beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown.
In addition to lashes and liner, you can't have an Icy Girl video without a dose of sparkle. While Saweetie is prepping for a car race (shown above), she smirks at the camera, showing off her pink shimmery eye shadow and bedazzled bright red nails. In the next scene, she becomes an MMA fighter with a glistening champagne-colored shadow on her eyes. If you look carefully, you can catch a glimpse of the tiny silver gems that Paley placed in the inner corners of Saweetie's eyes.
Of course, the iced-out glam doesn't end there. For the 10 seconds when Saweetie is a football player (one of Paley's favorite looks), the rapper has a bejeweled bandage on her face, which Paley says references the tape football players and rappers like Nelly wore on their faces in the early 2000s. "I was like, what can I do to create it and make it Saweetie's style, obviously an Icy moment," she shares. So she got crafty and added gems to the bandage. The end result paired perfectly with the bedazzled cropped jersey and bra set Saweetie wore in the video.
Saweetie also flexes her dance skills as a cheerleader in a white-and-baby-blue bejeweled two-piece. A light blue streak of pigment on her eyes is displayed in a flash, courtesy of a custom baby blue shade for one eye and a bright white for the other with Make Up For Ever's Artistic Flash Color Case. After the eyeliner was done, "we [added] a crystal in the inner corner on each [eye]," Paley says. "It kind of just gave an extra pop."
For the very last look, Saweetie abandons the sporty gear entirely for a burgundy two-piece with big, blonde hair and a bold red lip. Though you can't see too much of the detail, Paley blended gold and neutral hues onto the rapper's lids before finishing with a thick, black wing and a scarlet gloss.
All in all, Saweetie delivered a visually stimulating video full of her infectious confidence, catchy rhymes, and Icy glam aesthetic, thanks to Paley and the rest of her team. With each new video, the rapper transports fans to a different world in her Pretty Bitch Music album. Though we can't accurately predict what's next, we do know Saweetie will come with a lewk regardless.
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