B’s Summer Daze
In anticipation of her forthcoming fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, Beyoncé Knowles is making the editorial rounds. B graces the pages of the July issues of W, L’Uomo Vogue, Essence, and Cleo magazines, just to name a few, but her turn as cover star for the new Dazed & Confused just may be our favorite. Whether or not the R&B superstar has ever actually experienced trailer park life firsthand, that slice of Americana serves as the setting for photographer Sharif Hamza’s spread in the British glossy—and we are into it. The down-and-out backdrop inspires some seriously glam ensembles, which were custom-made for the rooty-blonde phenom by the likes of Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci. Even more eye-catching is the beauty. “I wanted to create a sultry, colorful summer look,” makeup artist Francesca Tolot says of the shoot, in which Mrs. Jay-Z holds a portable fan in her Minx by Lisa Lopez-bedazzled fingers to beat the heat. Tolot built up B’s sleepy, aqua eyes with a Christian Dior 5-color eye shadow palette, using L’Oréal black eye pencil and its 1,000 Lashes mascara to carve out some drama. For that icy pink pout, she mixed Dior lipstick in Mysterious #786 with MAC in Syss. Here’s the kicker: Tolot used no (none, zero) foundation on Knowles’ honey-hued limbs. Just a little baby oil on her arms, chest, and legs to add a bit of sheen. Only Sasha Fierce can make gritty look this chic.
Photo: Sharif Hamza for Dazed & Confused, July 2011