While we can’t all be Beyoncé, who made history when she headlined Coachella 2018 — bringing Destiny’s Child on-stage as well as husband Jay-Z, and performing an epic dance routine with her sister Solange Knowles — we can score the secrets of exactly how she managed to look so flawless despite the sweltering California desert heat.
Sir John, her go-to makeup artist, revealed to Allure the genius ways he kept Queen Bey’s makeup perfect throughout her two-hour, 24-song setlist (not to mention four Balmain outfit changes), along with the surprising product that’s under one dollar he swears by to banish shine.
Try these makeup hacks yourself this summer to get Beyoncé’s “Teflon face.”
1. Ditch your moisturizer to ensure makeup stays put on the day of a big event. “If you’re going to a wedding someplace like Arizona or Miami or South America, don’t use moisturizer the day — skip it,” Sir John says. Instead, he recommends starting with a layer of primer. (Of course, don’t skip your SPF. Make sure your primer has an SPF of 30 or above or use an oil-free sunscreen.)
2. Double down and layer up to make your look really last. “Duality is key, so you want to make sure you use a liquid foundation and a powder buffed into it with a brush,” Sir John explains. “If I’m using a cream blush, I’m using a powder blush on top of it. I use two layers of highlighter: a cream and a liquid. If I use a cream eye shadow or liner, I use powder on top of it. Even on the brows, we use a pomade with a powder on top. When you have that duality, it’s almost like a Teflon face so it’s not going to go anywhere.” To create Beyoncé’s blinged out glitter eyes for Coachella, Sir John began with Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and mixed lavender and copper glitter gel by Lemonhead. “They’re in this gel that does not move,” Sir John says. “It will stay on literally 20 hours.”
3. Don’t bake your face. “I have a quote, ‘I don’t bake, I cook,’” Sir John says. “What that means is I’m against baking because I’m not a huge fan of putting so much powder on anyone. When you’re baking, you’re actually aging your complexion in a way. So I’ll use a loose powder or translucent powder just to absorb the oil in the foundation or concealer or t-zone and then that’s it.” His current top powder pick is Make Up For Ever Invisible HD Loose Powder. “That one, I cannot do without,” he adds.
4. Always blot before you powder. Between songs, Sir John had less than a minute backstage to do touch-ups on Beyoncé, during which point he made sure to soak up any oil or perspiration. “You want to blot your oil or perspiration before you go in with powder,” he says. “I used to live in New York City and I would see women on the subway every morning just going in when they’re shiny with powder, pressing the oil back into their pores. You want to absorb that [oil] up and then place your powder.” And it turns out, you can snag his favorite blotting papers at your local bodega. “You know who has the best blotting papers?” Sir John reveals. “Cigarette rolling papers are cheap and 99 cents everywhere and they have the same texture as $17 or $18 blotting papers.” We’re totally stocking up on those this summer.
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