Get the look: Beyoncé's natural glow
She's known by her Beyhive as Queen Bey, and it seems her highness has conferred a title onto someone deserving. Beyoncé's makeup artist Sir John, not to be confused with Sir Elton John, was the man responsible for the stunningly simple makeup she sported on Vogue's all-important September issue... you know the one they made a movie-length documentary about. Says Sir John, “Beyoncé loves a ‘no-makeup’ makeup look. She’s all about being confident in your skin and owning your natural element. This look was all about redefining glamorous as a state of mind. We focused on enhancing her natural brows, skin and structure – and bringing out that inner glow.”
How exactly did Beyoncé get that ethereal glow? Sir John used products from Marc Jacobs Beauty. First, although it seems slightly counterintuitive, he recommends applying foundation on wet, moisturised skin to lock in the glow. To start the skin prep he used the brand's Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. Bonus: It contains five types of coconut that really hydrate the complexion the way real coconut water quenches ones thirst. To create that otherworldly glow she's got going on, he added the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter in Fantasy, a rose gold shade, to the high point of her face. Sir John's tips for creating a truly natural sheen? "Always avoid shimmer on the front of the face. Apply it to your angles for sexiness."
Next, he used a foundation in a slightly darker shade than Beyoncé's natural complexion, and mixed it with the same colour Dew Drops to create a 3D cheek. He says “It’s all about a glowy contour. Dew Drops are worth their weight in gold. It’s the one thing I have in my bag everywhere – I use it for concerts, for shoots, for tours – I use it religiously.” Finally, even a wet, dewy look needs to be set with some kind of powder, especially if you're preparing to stand in front of the camera's unforgiving gaze. Sir John finished the look with the Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder for that soft-matte, soft focus glow and to help her makeup stay on. Remember the golden rule: A Queen shines, but never sweats.