85 posts tagged "Beyonce"
I’m not sure which is better: Beyoncé’s bob or Beyoncé knocking back a beer wearing Flash tats. Either way, I’m happy to employ the famous tabloid phrase, “Queen Bey: She’s just like the rest of us.” I too celebrated America by hacking off a few inches in preparation for a very steamy NYFW (a classic cut that ran rampant throughout many a Fall campaign) and capped off my evening with a less-than-patriotic Corona. I’m also enjoying the fact that Solange Knowles is clearly embracing her voluminous, fluffy texture (a look spotted on the runway at Chanel Resort and in Moschino’s lookbook). Cheers to this dynamic, end-of-summer beauty duo.
Typically reserved for fall, a berry pout made a significant resurgence during the steamy months. Take Cara Delevingne’s deep purple lips, for example, which she paired with smoky eyes at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala in Saint-Tropez. Another favorite: French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos’ look at this year’s Met Gala. The Blue Is the Warmest Color star’s Bordeaux-colored mouth and Hollywood waves upped the glamour factor and didn’t seem the least bit moody. And speaking of the Met Gala, no list of beauty favorites would be complete without a nod to a Givenchy-clad Beyoncé, whose oxblood lips were just the right kind of Gothic. We’re partial, however, to Kate Hudson’s subtly frosted iteration (yes, frosted), which she sported at the screening of her new film, Wish I Was Here, early last month. Whether you prefer a dark, Lorde-like maroon or a bright-but-still-bold raspberry, we plan to continue this trend long after summer days drift into cool, crisp nights.
It’s no secret that Queen Bey possesses an otherworldly glow. In fact, we’ve written about it in-depth here on Beauty Counter and even produced a video tutorial dedicated to the subject. But the selfie the beauty icon posted to Instagram last night took our obsession up a notch. (Not to mention it made us long for nude stiletto nails branded with our own initials instead of J+B, two letters emblazoned on much of the On the Run tour merchandise.) I confirmed with her go-to makeup man, Sir John, that there was no filter on this particular photo. (Yep, she really does wake up like this.) For mere mortals with visible pores, he suggests reaching for a glycolic scrub or fruit enzyme peel twice a week to smooth your complexion. Follow that up by slathering a rich eye cream all over. The other half of Beyoncé’s onstage summer radiance prescription: While your moisturizer is still tacky, apply a lightweight foundation for a dewy finish, then dust a matte peach blush on the apples and a “dark cinnamon” shade in the hollows of your cheeks. To take luminosity to the next level, smudge a pearlescent shimmer on the tops of cheekbones, above your brows, and down the bridge of your nose with your ring finger. Highlight eyes with a touch of glitter liner on top of a black gel formula, a trick Sir John employed for the past three shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. “It looked like a strip of emeralds on the monitors,” he said. And when all else fails, select Hefe before posting your self-portrait to social channels to instantly amp up the bronze factor. Modern technology: Blessing the rest of us with Beyoncé’s supernatural skin.
It appears that every beauty trick Beyoncé pulled out for her visual album was employed by Katy Perry (and then some) for her latest song release, “This Is How We Do.” The parallels I noted: the strategic use of a black light (this time spotlighting a tennis headband in lieu of Day-Glo lips), fluffy curls, and multiple scene-stealing pouts. (Keep an eye on Perry’s backup dancers for some serious lipstick game.) A few new ideas Perry brought to the table: a gravity-defying, Mondrian-inspired updo; electric eyeliner (reminiscent of Chanel’s Fall 2014 show and Dior Addict’s It-Line campaign starring Sasha Luss); glittery lids; a pastel ponytail; cornrows; baby buns; scrunchies; Marlene Dietrich-like arches; “Japanese-y” pizza nails; and an angular, asymmetrical bob. And as one would expect, there was no shortage of candy-colored wigs. Though the chorus says otherwise, packing this many hair and makeup moves into a three-minute-and-30-second music video is a very big deal, indeed. Straight stuntin.
“When Beyoncé does a quick change, it’s like the Daytona 500, when the cars come in and they have to hurry up and change the wheels in, like, twenty seconds. When she comes back, everyone is grabbing a piece of her. I’m rebuilding—powdering, reapplying a lip; the eyes are always OK. We just want to make sure that when she runs out that she’s not [shiny] in the T-zone, that she’s glowy everywhere else, and that her lip is perfect. I’m watching the monitor from the start of the show to the end to make sure everything is impeccable, and I have razor-sharp focus to make sure nothing is messed up.”
Bey might be a well-oiled machine, but she never looks greasy. And though we all can’t have the queen’s Formula One-caliber team at the ready—speedily transforming a sweaty mess into a glowy and gorgeous music magnate—you can try Sir John’s secret, shine-canceling weapon: Press a tissue lightly over the center of your face, gently peel off, and finish with a light dusting of powder. Blotting before applying additional pigment prevents your makeup from caking.