Despite the name “Beyonce” being one of the most famous in the world, there are a lot of other things we like to call her too. Queen Bey. Sasha Fierce. Actual perfection on Earth. And most importantly, a style icon whose contributions to the beauty world are just as significant as her long list of Billboard hits and Grammy Awards.
Beyonce is a superstar whose style has constantly evolved over the span of her two-decade career, going from 90’s Beyonce makeup looks in her Destiny’s Child days to the fierce beauty junkie, businesswoman, and artist she is today. There were also about a million other eras of Beyonce makeup and artistry in between, from Crazy in Love to Lemonade to Black is King, but we were all there for that, right? There are truly not enough beautiful things to say about Queen B and her contributions to pop culture, history, and the beauty industry. But as we celebrate her 39th birthday on September 4th… now is the time to talk about some of the best Beyonce makeup and beauty products we’ve picked up throughout her career.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some of them wear illuminating moisturizer and impeccable eyeshadow, like Beyonce’s longtime friend and celebrity makeup artist Sir John Barnett! He’s more than willing to spill the tea (or in this case, Lemonade?) about Beyonce makeup tips and tricks he’s mastered throughout her career, and gives us major hope that many of B’s ride-or-die products can be found right at the drugstore.
Celebrate Beyonce in the most beautiful way with these celebrity makeup must-haves that pay tribute to our favorite Virgo queen!
Saying that Beyonce works hard would be an understatement. She’s been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry for over twenty years, and is known for her energetic live performances and insane work ethic - with rumors swirling that she practiced 11-hour days rehearsing for Coachella and spends months perfecting her iconic Super Bowl halftime shows. Wow. How does one person dance under hot lights every day and night while still looking like a complete goddess? As it turns out, it’s a $23 foundation by RCMA Makeup. Barnett told Popsugar that the Color Process Foundation is “the only thing that will last on stage,” and Beyonce wears it during every performance for mega-pigmented, medium coverage. It comes in a wide spectrum of shades to suit every skin tone, and is one of the best-kept celebrity makeup secrets that you probably won’t see at the drugstore… but will definitely find in a Beyonce makeup bag. If you want to lock in your foundation like Bey, try applying a face powder over your liquid foundation to keep your celebrity makeup looking flawless all day and night.
Beyonce makeup is always gorgeous, but you need the proper canvas to pull off celebrity makeup looks like hers. The Black is King artist is an avid skincare enthusiast, as evidenced by the fact that she looks exactly the same as she did a decade ago, but her choice in moisturizer may surprise you. Especially since it’s not even really a moisturizer at all! She swears by the Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor, which she told Elle that she slathers all over her face every night before going to sleep. "I go to bed looking totally greasy," she said. "It's not all glamour all the time." While that may be true, it’s definitely comforting to know that you can get flawless skin like Bey’s with a simple $7 drugstore cream. This product works to smooth and soothe your skin when used as a moisturizer, and may also be used to treat more severe skin conditions like dryness, acne, rosacea, cuts or burns. Even Zendaya (Bey’s fellow Virgo queen!) loves this cream to add moisture and treat eczema, and 98% of MIRA guests say it’s hydrating, good for acne, and gentle on the skin. If it’s good enough for Beyonce, Zendaya, and our beautiful community… it’s definitely good enough for your beauty routine!
“The best I’ve ever had.” It’s a divine compliment that always means a lot, regardless of context. But it hits a bit differently when Beyonce’s makeup artist says it about this $12 lipstick that he uses on the star for every award show. While Barnett has access to the most luxury products in the beauty world, the Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain by L’Oreal is his favorite to use on celebrities for a long-lasting, vibrant swipe of color that won’t smudge or fade throughout the evening. It provides more staying power and a smoother texture than lip colors twice as expensive, and won’t dry out or flake even when you keep reaching for your iced coffee. A matte finish often lasts longer and looks better, and it’s just an added bonus that it won’t form a strange glare or unwanted shine in all the paparazzi photos from the night.
Beyonce’s skincare routine is surprisingly unconventional. When she’s not smearing her face with healing Aquaphor cream, she’s applying eye cream basically everywhere except her eyes. Like her cheeks, forehead, and even arms and legs. Why? As the singer’s MUA explains, eye creams are made with smaller particles meant to deliver ingredients more quickly and easily into the delicate skin around under eyes. The extensive moisturizing properties make it effective on basically any part of your body, helping to remove fine lines and smooth out dry skin patches. Admittedly, this is definitely a more expensive technique… as not everybody can afford to layer eye cream over their entire body like Mrs. Carter. However, it’s definitely worth trying at least once, as you may discover that eye cream rather than moisturizer is the key to smoothing out rough skin on your face or forearms. Despite the name being pretty ironic in this scenario, the All About Eyes cream by Clinique is a top-rated eye cream that you can apply over your entire body to get started on your early anti-aging skincare routine, just like Bey.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you may have heard about Beyonce’s groundbreaking performance at Coachella back in 2018. She danced for two hours straight, went through plenty of wardrobe changes, and made history by becoming the first woman of color to headline the music festival… while wearing this drugstore mascara that did not run at all. How does that even happen? Beyonce and Sir John Barnett have both said that she doesn’t care for falsies, especially onstage, and Voluminous Lash Paradise takes the singer’s lashes to great lengths for her most dramatic eye effects. Beyonce makeup isn’t complete without this long lasting, waterproof, and non-smudging mascara that works both on and offstage - and you can incorporate into your daily routine for celebrity makeup looks that won’t break the bank. A bonus? It’s a great dupe for Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced!
Some of the best Beyonce makeup looks have included this cream by Elizabeth Arden, but perhaps not in the way that you would think. While it’s an incredible skin protectant that you can apply over your face for a hydration boost that evens out your skin and creates that Queen Bey glow, she often wears it on her eyelids for a trendy “glossy lid” effect that’s the actual definition of minimal makeup. No eyeshadow or primer required, just your finger and a bit of this shimmery cream that catches the light and brings out your eyes in a neutral way. Just like Beyonce. “She's not really a huge fan of eyeshadow. So whenever we do an eye look, you can tell that I convinced her to do it,” Sir John told The Skincare Edit. “I gave her a glossy lid for a video that we were doing maybe four or five years ago, and she's been obsessed ever since.” That video is called “Ghost,” by the way… and watching it will make you fall in love with glossy lids. Use this cream for a celebrity makeup look that’s subtle yet stunning.
B is the queen of taking one simple beauty product and using it in about a million different ways, as evidenced by her commitment to eye cream and Aquaphor. This $7 lip balm by Rosebud Perfume Co. is no exception, as it keeps the best celebrity makeup looking fresh and fabulous. Beyonce told Allure many years ago that she primes her lips with Rosebud Salve before applying her favorite lipsticks, as this keeps the color looking vibrant and moisturizes her pout while she does her thing on the red carpet. It can also be used as a lash primer, as B also said that applying just a bit of cream “was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny.” While Beyonce is an actual goddess living among us, even she can’t get enough of everyday makeup essentials like lip balm… and you can feel as glamorous as her with this affordable favorite.
“Sometimes I put a little gold eye shadow in the inner corners of my eyes—it's more subtle than white, but it still really makes you look more awake.” Beyonce said this to Elle way back in 2010, meaning that she knew about the inner corner shimmer trick long before beauty influencers and Instagram made it a thing. Classic B, always flawless and ahead of the trends. We’re definitely not surprised to hear that she likes a pop of gold, either. While Beyonce may not be a huge eyeshadow enthusiast… she’s been known to rock the shimmery gold lids from time to time. This earthy and exquisite hue brings out her inner Virgo goddess, and adds even more warmth to a face that’s already pretty perfect. Not even fair. With all the late nights that Beyonce pulls while balancing a career, motherhood, and entrepreneurship… it’s likely that she often needs to fake the awake look with an inner corner shimmer. And you can recreate this simple and effective Beyonce makeup effect with the Single Eyeshadow in Goldfinger by NARS, a creamy shadow that’s blendable, long lasting, and makes you look like the queen you are.
Taking your makeup off at the end of the day can be just as fun as putting it on. You now have a free pass to rub your eyes as much as you want, and let your skin “breathe” while you do the same and practice a bit of self-care before bed. At least, that’s the Beyonce way. Sir John has said that his #1 celebrity makeup and beauty rule for all of his clients, including B, is to always remove your makeup before bed. Always. It doesn’t matter how tired or lazy you’re feeling at the moment, because if Beyonce has the time to wipe off her Beychella look after two straight hours of dancing… you can definitely do a few gentle swipes with these makeup remover wipes by Neutrogena. This simple makeup trick is what keeps your complexion looking fresh, and free of any traces of last night’s foundation!
“She loves a statement lip. She's a girl who loves lips and minimal eyes.” Sir John Barnett knows the Beyonce makeup style better than any of us, but one look at her Instagram feed or award show looks will show that B is a lipstick girl for life. Nude, red, vampy, pink, violet… the superstar doesn’t discriminate when it comes to gorgeous lip colors. From the warm brown hue that she wore to the premiere of The Lion King in 2019 to the bright purple lipstick she rocked on the Grammys red carpet in 2018, it’s clear that Beyonce can own any color of lipstick with perfection and poise. Since we know that B is fond of drugstore makeup, why not collect all 30+ shades of the Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick by Maybelline to slay like Beyonce? This lip color is long lasting, lightweight, and gives precise application, and you can switch up the shades to recreate all of the most iconic Beyonce makeup looks.
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