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Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Has the Best Hacks for Glowing Skin
Chatting over Zoom with Sir John is a bit like going to yoga or using one of those meditation apps: a profoundly calming experience. His responses are thoughtful, unhurried, his warmth immediately felt. The makeup artist is a huge proponent of looking after one’s energy, doing daily “temperature checks” and regularly seeing a therapist. It’s part of what makes him good at his job, he believes, as integral to his success as the ability to bestow cheekbones with a celestial glow.
“As beauty professionals, we’re often the last person someone sees before they hit the red carpet or the stage at a massive event like the Grammys or Coachella or something,” he says. “So it’s important for us to work on ourselves. Before going to this person’s house, I need to check [my energy], because if you continue to do the work internally, then you’ll always be invited back.”
And invited back he certainly has been. The pro has been working with Beyoncé for more than a decade now, masterminding some of her most iconic makeup looks, from music videos to Met galas. He’s even rumoured to have inspired her son’s name, though you’ll never hear him gloat about any of that. “I feel lucky every single day just to be picking up a makeup brush,” he says humbly.
Tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST, we’ll be the lucky ones as Sir John will join Shoppers Drug Mart’s Holiday Beauty Mingle event live on Instagram. He’ll be sharing all of his makeup tips for the festive season, including his must-have products, but we were fortunate enough to snag a little sneak peek. Here, the makeup pro dishes some of his all-time favourite tricks and shares the makeup tip Beyoncé taught him .
We’re talking holiday beauty today. I’m curious to know what you think our makeup mood will be this year now that we can hopefully celebrate a bit more this year?
“I think it’ll be all about recurring beauty staples, things that are tried and true and familiar, but with a twist. I love eyes. I think eyes are going to have a resurgence because we’ve been wearing masks, of course, but I also think there’s an emotive quality to eyes that allows us to lean in. They’re the curtains or the window dressings to our souls.”
You have a way of using bold, rich colours that always feels so sophisticated, not over the top. How do you do it?
“I think it comes down to a sense of punctuation. It can either be a statement brow or a serious lip—even skin can be a focus. People don’t realize that skin is a feature, highlighting is a feature. As long as you have a sense of punctuation, you can work everything around that.”
Any favourite colours for the holidays?
“For eyes, I love navy or denim blue shadow, or maybe a Kelly green eyeliner. For lips, I love plums or berries, and reds, of course, are a classic beauty staple. Right now, I’m really into playing around with texture, so either going super glossy and juicy, or very matte. One tip I want to give everyone is to use contrast. So if you do glowing skin, do a matte lip, and if you do matte skin, go with a gloss. It creates a beautiful visual interest and allows people to stare just a little longer.”
Fingers crossed we’ll be able to dance again and have some proper parties this year. As someone who often creates makeup looks designed to withstand high-intensity concerts, what are your tips for making sure our face doesn’t melt off halfway through the night?
“The key is duality and what I mean by that is using a liquid or cream and then putting a powder on top. So let’s say you apply a cream blush, then you would set it with a powder blush. I like to use gel pot eyeliners as a base for shadows. That duality gives you a Teflon face—it’ll stay no matter what. I hate to say this, but some of my clients sleep in their makeup and just powder and go the next day. It’s really bad, but you can do that if you have to.”
Speaking of the next day, the holiday season is often synonymous with not getting enough sleep or maybe even dealing with a hangover. How can we still look fresh despite all that?
“I do love gua sha or cryotherapy or just some kind of stone—I believe that definitely does de-puff the face in the morning. And then hydration is really key both on the inside, and on the outside with moisturizer. You want to put your foundation on when your skin is very damp from your moisturizer. Then, when your moisturizer dries, your foundation just goes on in such an organic way and doesn’t look cakey.”
And then how do you set with powder while still maintaining that natural, non-cakey finish?
“Once you’ve finished your application of foundation, get into the habit of buffing in a loose powder. I like loose powder as opposed to pressed, especially for under the eyes. Never ever set your concealer with pressed powder—it’s a recipe for disaster because it’s so heavy, it weighs down the skin. I have a trick to see if a powder is light enough to go under the eyes: I take off the lid and softly blow on the powder. If it stays in the air for a bit, it’s great for under eyes. If it drops immediately, it’s too heavy.”
What are some must-haves you always have in your kit?
“Well, loose power, as I said, and then brushes. My flex on set is not so much all the coolest products and the most expensive skincare, it’s having like 800 brushes. Some of them I’ve had since I was 19, so they’ve been in some places and have seen some things! So I always carry those and then something for lymphatic drainage. I’m also a huge skincare freak, so I’ll have essences and moisturizers that are water-based and non-oily so they don’t change the texture of the foundation. And the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I like using that to start. It’s such a sensorial experience. It gets [clients] in the mood and makes them feel calm. I don’t use it to set the makeup, though. For that, I use a mattifying setting spray by NYX, which is super affordable and really locks in the foundation.”
You’re so good at creating a natural-looking glow. What are your secrets?
“I don’t love a glittery, chunky highlight, so I always use a cream or emollient, something that looks like living skin. If you think about when you glow naturally, it’s usually during some of the best times in life: after the gym or on a date, after some red wine, after sex—that’s what you want to recreate. A hack I like if you want to look glowy and naturally fresh and sexy is tapping a bit of sunscreen on the cheekbones. SPF has the most beautiful light-reflecting, balmy texture, without looking like makeup. Also important with highlight, is focusing on the sides of the face and avoiding the T-zone, because it’ll never look flattering. Even with your blushes, never use a shimmery blush in the centre of your face—only from the pupils outward.”
So does that mean you’re anti-nose-highlight?
“I hate to say this, but the biggest makeup fail, in my opinion, is shining up the tip of your nose. To me, it just looks like you’ve had your foundation on for too long [laughs].”
I’ve noticed that when you do Beyoncé’s lips, you tend to do a more rounded shape on the top, instead of following the peaks and valley of the Cupid’s bow, which creates a beautiful pillowy effect. Can you tell me about that?
“That’s something I learned from her. It’s great if you’re in a hurry or don’t have a mirror, or maybe you’re in the car. Basically, you apply the lipstick on your bottom lip and you give yourself a bit more volume on top by just stamping your lips together. It’s not going to be the most perfect line, so you might want to try it out with a softer colour instead of, say, a red. One thing to keep in mind is that the distance between our nose and our top lip decreases as we become more mature. You’ll notice this if you look at pictures of yourself from when you were a baby or a teen. So bringing the top lip up a bit creates a youthful effect.”
You trained under two of the most legendary names in makeup: Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. What did you learn from each of these incredible mentors?
“For Pat, it would be to travel with your own lighting. Most times, we’re getting our clients ready in hotels or a place that doesn’t have great lighting. Have you ever been in a hotel bathroom and you’re like, ‘Yes, this lighting is sexy, but I can’t even see where I’m putting my concealer’? That’s why Pat would always say to bring your own lights. And then, for Charlotte, I would say she taught me to own my space. I remember being an assistant and as assistants, we all had to wear black and be in the background, but she told me, ‘Hey, listen, I have you here because of who you are. You don’t have to dim your light at all.’ So it was kind of an awakening. You don’t need permission to live or be yourself, but sometimes a reminder is nice.”
Okay, last question. A lot of times, we look at these pictures of celebrities in their gorgeous makeup, and we can’t help but compare ourselves and feel insecure. What’s your advice for anyone out there looking in the mirror and getting ready to do their makeup?
“This is what gets me out of bed in the morning: Don’t look to your left or to your right. When you wake up in the morning, don’t immediately look at your phone. Check in with yourself, go look in the mirror and centre. The thing is: Everything that you see on the gram isn’t real. I would not have a job or a career if everyone looked like they do on social media.”
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“For the holidays, I love a bold liner,” says Sir John. “It’s very emotive, it gives a connection to the person on the other side.”
The face mist the pro swears by to not only refresh the skin and boost its radiance, but also to help his clients relax before he starts their makeup.
“A timeless holiday look is that ‘frozen princess’ idea, with shimmery shadows, tons of mascara, soft lips and ski bird cheeks like you just came in from the cold.”
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Celebrity Beauty Tips & Regimens Comments Off
Have you ever wondered what beauty products celebrities use to stay looking so flawless and perfect? Well, you’re in luck because that’s my forte! I have the privilege of working with some of the most beautiful celebrities in the entertainment industry. Since I spend much of my time getting up close and personal with some of the most famous faces in the world, I always get the 411 on all of their beauty regimens straight from the celebrities themselves (as well as from fellow celebrity makeup artists & hairstylists). My readers, friends and followers have requested that I cover Beyonce’s beauty regimens. So if you if you always wanted to know what was in Bey’s beauty bag your in luck because it’s all right here!
Beyonce (King B if your nasty)
Beyonce is a beautiful woman with and without makeup, period! I am sure she has a very hectic schedule and life, which consists of world tours, films, commercials, performances, music videos, studio sessions, appearances and God knows what else. With such a busy life when can she make time to maintain and preserve her natural beauty? Easy, Beyonce keeps it simple.
Many people look up to celebrities not only for their talent but also for their beauty. Sometimes a celebrities beauty and good looks is attributed to make up and photo-shop; but we can’t deny that some celebs just look damn good naturally! Beyonce has flawless skin and a curvaceous body. Even without any make up on, she still looks great and therefore proving that she’s a natural beauty.
We all has little beauty routines and secretes for looking good. Some might even have beauty secrets that they don’t want to share. Thankfully, Beyonce love’s to share her beauty tips & secretes. Beyonce is feminine, stylish and is not afraid to experiment, so let’s take a look at some of Beyonce’s beauty regimens, as well some of her favorite beauty products.
“I feel it is important for women to take care of themselves and look good” —Beyonce.
“I believe in women sticking together and recognizing how much we can learn from one another, supporting one another and asking questions. If you think someone is beautiful, watch them and ask questions and see how you can do the same thing, as opposed to comparing yourself to them.” —Beyonce.
Aquaphor by Eucerin
Beyonce knows the secret to smooth healthy looking skin, she moisturizes often. Bey’s choice is Aquaphor by Eucerin. She applies this extremely moisturizing product to her face and body nightly before bed.
This product looks and feels like Vaseline, however it is extremely moisturizing and it has great healing properties (great for cuts, burns, sunburns, scars, ect). If applied to the entire body before bedtime you’ll wake up with skin that is super soft and supple.
“I use Aquaphor for everything—on my elbows, on my feet.” —Beyonce.
Carol’s Daughter products
During the day, Beyonce uses moisturizing products from Carol’s Daughter. Beyonce’s regimen of Aquaphor by Eucerin at night and Carol’s Daughter products during the day will keep Beyonce looking young and supple well into her 50′s and 60′s.
Carol’s Daughter products are all natural, and they can be used on all skin types. Each product is packed full of vital nutrients that your skin needs to replenish itself. Carol’s Daughter has a large variety of products of all of your beauty needs. The beauty line offers products for the hair, face & body. Each product smells delicious and is soothing to the skin.
“There’s a scrub by Carol’s Daughter called Ocean Sea Salt Scrub. It feels like the beach, and it has the most beautiful scent. I’m always rushing, and this scrub is moisturizing, so it cuts out a step for me because I don’t have to completely cover myself with lotion” -Beyonce.
“I love the Jamaican Punch and Mango Mélange sent’s from Carol’s Daughter, they are my favorites” —Beyonce.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid
Dying to know how Beyonce achieves her beautiful flawless complexion? She loves combining her makeup foundation with Georgio Armani Fluid Sheer, which creates a gorgeous glowy after effect on her face.
Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. This unique, translucent formula is available in a range of versatile hues including makeup base shades, correcting shades, and radiance boosting shades. You can blend your favorite fluid sheer with your favorite foundation to add radiance, polish and sculpting definition to your complexion. Or you can use it alone as a makeup base. Beyonce loves using Armani Fluid Sheer, another reason why she always looks amazing.
“I mix Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer with my foundation for an extra glow” —Beyonce.
All your beauty questions answered by Beyoncé’s MUA!
When we heard Mr Sir John was coming to South Africa for a second time with Woolworths we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a chat with the master himself. What gives him ‘master’ status? The fact that he is the brains behind BEYONCÉ FREAKING KNOWLES facebeat. So we did what any makeup-obsessed human would do: interrogated him until our lips turned blue and then asked him what shade of lippie would complement them. Read on to see what tips he gave us.
Beautify from the inside out
Beauty trends may fade but you’re stuck with the same skin your entire life so respect it. Instead of piling on the treatments from the outside start from the inside. My
skin loving go-to beverage is carrot juice. I drink a lot of carrot juice. Carrots and other orange-y fruits and vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that is great for maintaining healthy-looking skin. It also increases cell circulation, hydrates the skin, evens skin tone and prevents wrinkles.
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The mistake most women make
Forgetting to moisturize. Drinking enough water & moisturizing your skin will aid in your makeup in looking flawless. A hack that I usually use for long-lasting makeup is putting foundation on while your skin is damp before applying your moisturizer. So when your moisturizer dries, the foundation dries. Helping your foundation to last longer and look more natural.
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What products to invest in
Spend your money on complexion, and things that have to do with your skin. Spend a little bit more money on a luxury foundation or a great moisturizer. But don’t splurge on a brow pencil or a lipstick because there are so many options and textures that you will find yourself replacing them with a new one before you’ve even gotten full use out of it. If you don’t spend any money on anything else in your makeup kit, brushes are something to spend on. I have had my brushes since I was 19 years old, and they have seen me through this seriously crazy journey.
Makeup on the go
If you don’t have time to do a whole facebeat concentrate on concealer and lips. The trick to looking put together fast? A bold lip. When you’re running out the house, a statement lip can take you only five minutes and will help you look put together. Concealer is a must for the girl on the go. It’s great because you can throw it in your bag and use it for spot touching up throughout the day as needed. Finish your look off with mascara and your look is complete!
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Red lippie for the win!
If you want your tan to pop, you always want to choose an orange-based red. Think ‘50s red or tomato red. Those will always make your skin look healthier. On the other hand, if you want your teeth to look bright and white, go for a blue-based red. A blue-based red happens to go anywhere from raspberry to dark Merlot lips. This will instantly help illuminate your smile.
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What’s it like to work with Beyoncé?
Working with her has been such a blessing. Her star is so bright and her talent is so raw that it eclipses anything that is around it and it’s amazing to watch. When you work with her on a project like the Super Bowl or Coachella a.k.a Beychella it moves the culture, it has a way of changing society even if for a year, or two afterwards, so it’s a blessing to be a part of it.
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