6 posts tagged "Beyonce hair"
If there are two things that I learned about Beyoncé performing at the Barclays Center last night in Brooklyn, it’s that a strategically placed fan always blows her honey-colored waves in the perfect direction and she sings the most beautiful, tear-inducing version of “Happy Birthday” I’ve ever heard (yep, that happened for a lucky 18-year-old girl on the floor). Backstage, however, Bey is at the helm of one very tight ship. It runs with the precision and secrecy of the Pentagon—if her crew knew about the “surprise” album drop, they weren’t at liberty to discuss it, at least according to one of her stylists, Timothy White. But many of them, her band and dancers included, didn’t have a clue. Or if they knew something was in the works, they didn’t know exactly what. The only explanation: Her staff of hundreds drank the Yoncé Kool-Aid and are loyal to the queen, and for good reason. “When you see someone working that hard you start to wonder if there’s a little door in the back where they put the batteries in,” said a member of The Mamas, Bey’s trio of backup vocalists, one of whom has been by her side for a decade. In other words, Mrs. Carter is a machine. Here, other surprising things I discovered behind the scenes:
Blue Ivy can twerk. No really, this baby has moves like Miley—at least according to Bey’s backup dancers. “She comes in our dressing room and does makeup with us,” they said.
Mrs. Carter has changed since becoming a mother. The Mamas, nicknamed that by the queen herself because they were the only women on tour with children, said, “She’s always been caring, but now it’s like, ‘Heeeyy, how’s JJ?’” And the fact that these singers travel the world with Beyoncé is NBD—at least to their kids. “It’s like we work at the 7-Eleven,” one of them quipped.
She keeps a close eye on everything. Not only does Beyoncé watch and critique her performance every night, but she notices the little things: “She’ll send a note [e-mail] saying that she likes your hair like that, so keep it that way,” explained one of her dancers. But everyone has freedom to do their own thing, as they’re all in charge of their own hair and makeup: “I’ve experimented with navy blue [lipstick] and a cat eye, and when we went to Brazil, I had the Brazilian flag [on my lids],” she added. And if you want that look to stay put while breaking it down behind Bey, their advice is to use a primer and a finishing spray.
Beyoncé gets pranked. “During the last tour, we did ‘Bootylicious’ and one of the dancers put a bunch of towels in her bottom so it looked like she had a big booty. We do little things to make her smile, but not mess up the whole show,” said a dancer.
She still has a few fashion tricks up her sleeve. Dsquared², Gucci, Givenchy, and Pucci are part of her regular performance lineup, but measures have to be to taken in order for these pieces to go from catwalk to Mrs. Carter-ready. “It comes in as couture and we have to turn it into a costume,” explained a seamstress. In other words, invisible zippers and dainty finishes are done away with. Plus, Beyoncé has fashion options the world has never seen—”an abundance” just waiting for her to decide when the time is right.
Bey’s a true Texas girl. “The real Beyoncé is humble and down-to-earth. She’s a country girl, she takes her shoes off, stands barefoot on stage, and gets grimy,” said one of her dancers. And then she slips on Giuseppe Zanotti heels just in time for curtain call.
When you’re with Beyoncé, nothing else matters. “We don’t know who won the Super Bowl; Beyoncé won!” said the dancers who performed in her halftime show in February.
So what’s up next for the woman that effectively launched an 14-track, 17-video album sneak attack? Expanding her fragrance empire of course. Beyoncé Rise—a blend of bergamot, apricot, orchid, and cashmere musk—drops February 2014.
Beyoncé released her surprise, self-titled “visual album” early this morning. In addition to appearances by Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Drake, Frank Ocean, Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Joan Smalls in the seventeen videos, a bevy of looks—including the twenty-four-hour pixie cut that set the social media world on fire, and vampire-style grill that debuted on Instagram—were put on display. (Bey’s recent spout of beauty ADD makes so much more sense now.) Here, we survey some of our favorites:
Either the people at Pantone have psychic abilities or they took cues from Queen Bey when naming Radiant Orchid as the color of the year.
Reminiscent of the hair at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 show, we have a feeling crimps are going to stage a serious comeback.
Two of this past season’s biggest trends in one frame: blue shadow and a loud mouth.
Bold bordeaux lips paired with a matching trench make for a dynamic duo.
From barely there makeup to head-to-toe black body paint, the looks in the video for “Ghost” run the gamut.
Smoky eyes, a berry-colored pout, and marcel waves? Talk about a triple threat.
Angular eyeliner reminiscent of the teal and cobalt slashes seen on Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 runway.
Who doesn’t love a good beauty flashback?
News flash: We found Beyoncé’s blonde mermaid waves. She might have sheared them off in favor of the cropped cut that lasted about a millisecond in the fast-paced world of social media, and then magically reappeared with a slightly longer bob days later. But in case you were wondering where those long locks went, you can find them on none other than Lady Gaga, who was spotted wearing oddly similar-looking chest-grazing strands yesterday, outside her hotel in Soho. Bey, if you’re still on the hunt for your hair, consider the mystery solved. You’re welcome.
An American Movie Classic Gets a Fashion-Forward Update in Ukraine; Get in Line for One Direction’s Debut Fragrance (Along With Teens and Their Grandmas); and More
Elle Ukraine looked to the American film The Royal Tenenbaums for inspiration for its September issue. Model Milly Simmonds poses as a seductive Margot (the role played by Gwyneth Paltrow). One of our favorite photos shows Simmonds re-creating a scene from the movie in which Margot “secretly” lights up atop the bathroom sink, waiting for her toenail polish to dry. [FashionGoneRogue.com]
The waiting list for One Direction’s first fragrance, Our Moment, isn’t just for teenage groupies. Launching at Harrods.com on Friday and in store on Sunday, the range of ages that has already reserved a bottle spans from 16 to 68. [Vogue.Co.UK]
Marc Jacobs Beauty is a hot commodity, and at the offices of XOVain.com, the lust for his black lacquered palettes is so high that it caused the beauty editor’s cache of MJ cosmetics to be lifted. While we’re not surprised that the designer goods were swiped, we enjoyed the Clue-inspired still lifes that attempt to pinpoint the beauty burglar.
Keeping track of Beyoncé’s bob is beginning to feel like the never-ending coverage and scrutiny that surrounded Kate Middleton’s baby bump. The slightly wild, wavy hair that appeared in backstage photos on Mrs. Carter’s Tumblr tops our list as our favorite iteration of her short cut thus far.
A woman has a right to change her mind and her hair…especially when her name is Beyoncé. Less than ten days after debuting her pixie on Instagram, she stepped out with Blue Ivy sporting a longer blonde bob (courtesy of extensions). Perhaps it was Coco Rocha’s live tweets regarding her own chop that pushed her over the edge, or maybe it was the virtual media firestorm surrounding what’s on her own head that did her in? All we know is that we’re missing Mrs. Carter’s gamine crop already. What about you?