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Cardi B's VMAs look on Monday night was one for the books. Her daring new pixie hairstyle had the entire world swooning (it even trended on Twitter throughout the night), and everyone took it as a sign that a new-and-improved Cardi B had arrived.

And that's exactly the vibe Erika La Pearl, Cardi's longtime makeup artist, was going for with the rapper's makeup. She gave Refinery29 every last detail of the singer's look, and it's a bold step forward from her usual drugstore beat.

Cardi B wanted to amp up the sophistication for her first major red carpet appearance as a mother, according to La Pearl, and she nailed it.

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"Her inspiration comes from a more sophisticated Cardi B, with a new perspective on life that she can achieve it all as a mother, music artist, and businesswoman," La Pearl told Refinery29.

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"We decided to go for a vintage look with the short pixie hairstyle."

"The hardest part of working a red carpet is time," La Pearl told Refinery29. "Everything is time-sensitive and you must stay organized and come prepared. With the red carpet, I try to use the dress to inspire what makeup palettes will be used."

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To prep Cardi's skin for full-force glamour, La Pearl used not one but three Ole Henriksen products.

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Banana Bright Eye Crème ($38, Sephora)

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C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème ($44, Sephora)

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Balancing Force Oil Control Toner ($26, Sephora)

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The details from there on out are all about Cardi's eyes, for which La Pearl used Pat McGrath Labs almost exclusively.

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"My favorite part is Cardi B’s eyes," La Pearl told Refinery29. "For me, it’s all about the eye shadow and the lashes. If done correctly, it can truly prove to be a statement."

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To match Cardi's shadow to her magenta red carpet gown, La Pearl used MTHRSHP Subversive La Vie En Rose Palette ($55, Sephora)

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For Cardi's signature dramatic wing, La Pearl used McGrath's Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner ($28, Sephora)

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La Pearl also used Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo ($48, Sephora) for Cardi's cheekbone highlight.

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To finish it all off, La Pearl used an unspecified pair of Kiss falsies.

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It appears that the pair used on Cardi has longer lashes in the outer corner, much like the Blowout Lash in Pompadour ($5, Kiss).

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The final product? A goddamn icon.

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You turned this one out, La Pearl.