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There’s no question that Beyoncé’s look is always flawless—she’s practically superhuman at this point. So when I sat down to evaluate my beauty routine for a piece, it was her name that came to mind. I wondered, “What does she do to consistently slay?” Other than her hard work, otherworldly dance moves, and general Queen Bey demeanor, it’s her skin that really stuck out to me.
Beyoncé rarely does the same thing twice, but she does have some signature go-tos that have had the entire Internet searching for tricks to emulate. So who better than her trusted makeup artist to supply us with our own Beyhive-worthy tips? I chatted with Sir John, brand ambassador for L'Oréal Paris and Beyoncé’s go-to guru for all things makeup, to find out what I could be doing to look and feel more like Mrs. Carter herself.
Keep scrolling for Sir John’s best beauty advice (and extra points if you sing along to “Upgrade U” as you read).
“I am a huge proponent for taking proper care of your skin… This is a must for great makeup application! I love the Clarisonic Cleansing System ($149). They not only help remove makeup at the end of the night, they also help give skin the skin a gentle cleanse and help with product absorption before applying makeup.”
“Use your contour shade (or a dark foundation) as the new ’90s brown lip color.”
“I love to find new uses for products. L’Oréal Paris just launched the Infallible Pro-Matte Glosses this year, and I am obsessed with them. Their texture and sheerness help the product to act not only as a gloss but also a nice cream blush (my little trick). Apply the gloss to lips as normal. For cheeks, put a little bit of product on your finger and tap onto cheeks. It gives a nice sheer pop of color. You can mix and match colors from the line and do complementary colors on cheeks and lips.”
“A great DIY exfoliation recipe for knees, lips, and elbows is using honey and brown sugar. Mix both and exfoliate; then rinse. This helps gets rid of fine bumps and dead skin.”
“I like to use SPF as the no-makeup makeup look that everyone loves. SPF contains titanium dioxide, which is light reflective and gives this beautiful glow and natural contour. Most people don’t know sunscreen is actually one of the best highlighters (especially in pictures!).”
“This tip is super old school, but I love to soak in a bath of powdered milk mixed with hot water. The lactic acid in milk helps to soften skin and makes it feel so smooth. You can also mix the powdered milk with water to form a paste-like substance. Press into skin leave on until dry, and then rinse it off. Skin is left extremely soft.”
“A slightly weird tip is to use cigarette rolling papers—they are best and cheapest blotting papers!”
“If you’ve overtweezed your brows and are trying to grown them in, Rogaine foam is actually one of the best things for helping brows to grow in just about four weeks.”
“Combine rose oil (one-third) and alkaline water (two-thirds) and put in a spritz bottle. This is the best smelling mist and energizer for midday. Also, if you need more repair for your skin, rose oil is amazing in general and can be applied directly to problem areas—under-eyes, etc. before bed.”
“One of my favorite body scrubs is a DIY one! Use coffee grinds, raw brown sugar, and a little coconut oil, and mix. It is seriously the best energizing scrub ever.”
“I use apple cider vinegar mixed with water for an amazing facial toner. This is especially great for when you feel pimples coming because it helps to kill bacteria.”
“I know this is an obvious, but I am a huge fan of coconut oil—it does everything! I use two tablespoons a day internally, and I also gargle with it to kill bacteria. Coconut oil is also an amazing body moisturizer and helps give skin a quick glow, and you can use it as a gentle makeup remover.”
Now that you have Beyoncé’s makeup routine down, try Jennifer Lawrence’s favorite facial.