Beyonce’s Makeup Artist On How He Created Her Vogue Glow
After so beautifully and naturally gracing the cover of Vogue’s September 2018 cover, we fell a little deeper in love with Beyonce. Not only are we living for the shoot, but Beyonce’s own words on her body, life, legacy, and heritage are so empowering, honest, and important that we feel truly enriched reading them. Not to mention Bey broke Vogue history by choosing to work with 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, she said: “this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer.”
Bey told Vogue, “I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.” And of course, her go-to makeup artist, Sir John, was there to help her create the perfect ethereal glow. Sir John explained that “she’s all about being confident in your skin and owning your natural element. This look was all about redefining glamorous as a state of mind. We focused on enhancing her natural brows, skin, and structure – and bringing out that inner glow. It’s a #boybeat.”
Obviously, we’re obsessed with how naturally stunning Bey looks, so how did Sir John do it? He started by applying foundation on wet, moisturized skin, which he believes is “the best way to lock in your glow.” Sir John used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, $44, which not only smells like you’re on a tropical beach but has five types of coconut to nourish and hydrate. To get Beyonce’s natural sun-kissed glow (our everyday makeup goal!), he highlighted the high points of her face with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy, $44, to give a sexy bronzed, rose gold finish. His tip is to “Always avoid shimmer on the front of the face. Apply it to your angles for sexiness.”
And finally, to complete the look, Sir John did the most natural contour possible, and mixed a foundation a little darker than her skin tone with a few drops of the highlighter to get a 3D cheek that was dimensional and soft, without being overpowering – we’re living for it! Finish with a light dusting of setting powder to set the look – Sir John used the super hydrating Marc Jacobs Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder, $44.
The look for less:
As much as we’re obsessed with the Marc Jacobs Beauty collection – the scent is just insane – we also love us some drugstore goodness, and the NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator, $7.50, is our go-to for a natural glow on a budget. We love the rich bronze shade, Sun Goddess, for deeper skin tones, and Gleam, a golden peach shade for adding warmth to fairer skin tones. We like to mix it in with our foundation for an all-over dewy glow – we’re definitely going to try Sir John’s contouring hack with this.
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