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Anyone with eyes knows that Beyoncé has incredible skin, but what most people don’t see is Sir John—one of the trusted makeup artists behind the icon’s gorgeous glow. Sir John, despite what the name will have you believe, isn’t British or an ordained knight, but he’s been appointed by Queen Bey to do her maquillage for the On the Run tour kicking off tomorrow in Miami. (Honestly, Bey, Jay Z, and Blue are the closest thing we Americans have to a royal family, so we’re going to say the “Sir” title is totally warranted.) He traveled with Beyoncé during her Mrs. Carter tour and painted her face for eight of the seventeen videos from her now-legendary visual album. Sir John also works with supers such as Karlie Kloss, Iman, and Joan Smalls. For those of us who don’t have the pro at our disposal 24/7 (likely because he’s serving Sasha Fierce), Sir John spills the secrets to getting the signature glow models and music moguls crave.
STEP 1: Prep your skin
Sir John recommends using an intense exfoliator twice a week for a smooth, radiant complexion. “I like to use a glycolic peel with a fruit enzyme. The goal in any girl’s routine is to increase cell turnover so that you need less foundation and concealer—Beyoncé hardly has to use any,” he said. His other dewy skin trick: Apply a generous amount of face cream, then put on your tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation while your skin is still moist.
STEP 2: Apply the right bronzer
“If your skin isn’t naturally golden, pick a shade with an olive base as opposed to orange. For a light complexion like Karlie’s, I use a sheer liquid bronzer in a taupe-y color,” noted Sir John. It’s a common misconception that brown-skinned women don’t need bronzer, but he uses it on everyone. “Bronzer adds a sense of warmth to dark complexions, and it photographs well. For skin tones like Beyoncé’s or Joan Smalls’, something with a caramel color creates a naturally sun-kissed look. And on Iman, I go with a cocoa-colored bronzer,” he explained. Apply it along your T-zone, in the hollows of your cheeks, and just beneath your chin. If you’re using a powder, stick with a matte formula—it creates more depth.
STEP 3: Dab on something luminous
This is the part that really gives that glowy effect: Use your ring finger or a BeautyBlender sponge to smudge creamy highlighter above your brows, right above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and onto the center of your chin. “Choose a product that has a pearlescent finish to it—not shimmer. You don’t need shimmer if your skin is radiant from the core. It can read as juvenile or inexpensive,” Sir John stressed.
STEP 4: Add a hint of color
“I love creamy blushes. They look more natural, especially in the summertime, and they give that post-sex glow. I get inspiration from women when their skin is super-flushed from the gym or hot weather. That’s the look you want to emulate,” said Sir John. Press the blush into the fleshiest part of your cheeks and gently blend. Try a sheer berry shade if your skin is light, opt for soft peach if you’re medium, and to flatter dark skin, reach for bright pinks.
STEP 5: Mattify with powder
A word of caution from Sir John: “You never want to be shiny on your nose.” To prevent unwanted oiliness, grab a fluffy brush and dust translucent powder around your nose and your chin. A mattifying primer that you can use on top of makeup will work, too. “Leave everywhere else as lubricated as possible,” he said.
STEP 6: Never (ever) skip mascara
Once you’ve ‘yoncefied yourself to perfection, the last thing you need is a few coats of mascara. “Sometimes the eyes can look naked if there is nothing there. I’ll whip out individual lashes like I have them in a gun holster, but I know most women don’t have time for that, so mascara is key. It brings everything together. If there was a fire and one of my girls was running out, the one thing I would give her is mascara,” said Sir John. We imagine after Beyoncé sets the stage ablaze with her performance, she coolly sashays out of the building with her go-to tube in tow.
The plait that captivated many a designer (Adam Selman, Simone Rocha, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen among them) for Fall 2014 shows no sign of stopping: Cornrows made an appearance at Kenzo’s Resort show yesterday, alongside oversize hoops on select girls (an accessory seen at Balmain a few months back). They’ve also been spotted recently on the likes of Queen Bey, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, and Kristen Stewart. The braid with serious street cred that stems back to the Stone Age even showed up in our latest feature. For those of us who are all thumbs, we suggest finding a dexterous friend or enlisting the help of a pro.
Some celebrate the beginning of summer around the grill…and others welcome the warmer months with a new ‘do. Two Brit beauties, model Malaika Firth and pop star Rita Ora, are beating the impending heat (and frizz) with cornrows. While the catwalker showed off her braiding skills on Instagram, Ora took to the stage at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, with platinum plaits and Technicolor ends. With Queen Bey already jumping on the bitty-braid bandwagon, we have a feeling we’ll see many a Bo Derek-esque moment on the beach.
For inspiration throughout the ages, check out our brief history of the iconic hairstyle.
Superlong strands and cropped cuts are currently trending. Beyoncé stepped out yesterday sporting gold braids that grazed her waistline (recalling her Destiny’s Child days, perhaps?). Going to great lengths, however, is not a new beauty movement started by the Queen—epic ponytails were seen on the runway at both Valentino’s and Chanel’s Fall 2014 shows. On the flip side, model Sasha Luss (pictured top and bottom left) and British songstress Ellie Goulding (bottom right) opted for chops. Whether they voluntarily shed a few inches in time for summer or made significant snips to sever the damage that bleach often wreaks on hair is up for debate. All we know is they could have bettered their chances by adhering to our prescription for platinum blonds.
Blake Lively knows how to make an entrance—one flip of her honey-colored hair has the power to set off hundreds of flashbulbs simultaneously. But walking a red carpet isn’t a “comfortable” place for the blond bombshell (having husband Ryan Reynolds as Gucci-clad arm candy, however, certainly boosted her confidence at Monday’s Met ball—as it would any woman on this planet). “It’s always easier with help. I’ll get my sisters out there. I’ll bring my high school mascot if I need to! It’s always such an intimidating experience,” Lively explained. Last year, she and “dear friend” Florence Welch braced the wall of paparazzi together: “We said, ‘We’re like the kid at prom who doesn’t have a date, we have to go together.’ We were trying to only take pictures together on the red carpet so people knew we had a friend. But then they said, ‘You have to take pictures separately—stop that!’”
This time around, Lively wore a Gucci dress accented by Gucci’s Première fragrance—which she mists and walks through to create an “aura of scent.” And her punky ponytail (seen at the 2013 ball) gave way to a forties-inspired “one-sided victory roll” to show off her Lorraine Schwartz earrings. “Both sides is a little much and a little too on the nose,” she noted of her hairstyle choice. But getting primped, donning custom ruby drops, and breathing the same air as Beyoncé was no match for the exclusive after-party to which only Lively, Reynolds, Welch, and her agent were invited. “The whole Met ball, we were like, ‘OK, we’re going to get hot fudge sundaes and frozen hot chocolate. That was a pretty great midnight snack and [it was fun] to walk into Serendipity in ball gowns. They actually had to kick us out because we were there for so long. The [staff] was like, ‘We do need to go home now,’” she said, laughing. “That was the highlight of the evening for me in a sense.”
But ice cream wasn’t the only crowning moment for Lively this week—the cherry on top was championing Gucci’s Chime for Change project, an initiative co-founded by Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek, and Beyoncé that supports multiple women’s charities and projects dedicated to health, education, and justice. “Women you look up to are giving voices to women who don’t have that,” she said of the power trio. “People’s value is so much greater than the monetary amount they can donate; their awareness and their investment in following the cause, seeing the outcome, and sharing it with other people can exponentially increase the productivity of these grassroots charities.” With the sale of five select Gucci fragrances—Flora, Guilty Pour Femme and Pour Homme, Première, and Made to Measure—consumers will receive a code that can be redeemed on the Chime for Change website and donated to the cause of their choice. (For example: One code can provide two days of education, food, and health care for a student in Kenya.) Lively might lack self-confidence on the crimson carpet, but making an impact both on and off it has never been an issue.