Solange Knowles is coming into her own as a rising soul artist and modern beauty muse
She may be Queen Bey’s lil’ sis, but Solange Knowles’ path is paved for a different kind of greatness. An icon of the indie set, the crooner defies expectations and steadily rises into becoming one of the era’s most adventurous, trend-rebelling artists. Her freshly dropped hit record A Seat at the Table, the aesthetically profound art book that follows, and her symbolic music videos are telltale signs that she cares more than just her sound. One of the greatest beauty chameleons, Knowles is no stranger to making waves with her fearless bold looks. From sleek bobs to buzz cuts to box braids to larger-than-life Afros, Knowles switches up her hairstyles as much as she nails her falsettos. She takes risks and believes experimenting goes a long way. “I go for it — with colour, shapes,” declares the trailblazer in an interview, “It doesn't scare me, because I know it can come off.” And it comes on and off magnificently all the time. Here, see five of Knowles’ out-of-the-ordinary beauty looks, and be prompted to embrace the untouched parts of your palettes.
1. Glimmer shimmer For Knowles’ Saturday Night Live debut, there was no such thing as too much glitter. Swaying to Cranes in the Sky, the artist had her shining moment carved into history while a luminous dreamcatcher-resembling headpiece sat atop her tightly woven cornrows. The glimmer extended to her makeup in glowing nude tones and lids encrusted with silver flecks. 2. Hair is in the air When Knowles posted this Instagram teaser, her beaded dreadlocks dripping in cowrie shells framing her thick-lashed eyes and nude lips stopped us in the midst of our scroll. Now released, Knowles’ Don’t Touch My Hair music video is the talk of the social media sphere. Taking ownership of her hairstyle, she whips it while she sings, “Don’t touch my pride.”
3. Starry-eyed Knowles makes post-party I-woke-up-like-this moments chic. While lids are dusted in gold and bed hair strands are sprayed into frozen perfection, lips are kept in a natural shade and brows are defined. For your next fete, try this daring look for size.
4. Perfectly purple Attending a Michael Kors private dinner, Knowles made her entrance with a pout polished to purple perfection. Her doe eyes were brought out through matted lashes and a subtle one-shade-darker shadow on the lids. Going for clean and minimal, the singer sported a sleek and slick updo — an understated statement done right. 5. The unconventional bride Who could ever forget Knowles’ au naturel nuptial style? Fluffed into a cloud of curls, the musician’s hair was scattered with poetic blooms for her special day. Face was kept untouched, save for the defining dark lids and some matte barely-there muted orange on the lips. Listen to Solange’s A Seat at the Table on Spotify. Available to download on iTunes. For last week’s #WomanCrushWednesday, click here.