Beyoncé is undoubtedly a queen and her beauty looks make this clearer than ever. Her makeup artist, Sir John, is revered like a king-maker for creating the masterpiece that is Queen Bey’s face, and there is no doubt about why. Thanks to him, Beyoncé has a signature beauty look which everyone wants to copy, and for good reason.
As Indian women, and fellow women of colour, we have all the more reason to learn from her makeup style. Here are some of those lessons.
Smoke out your kajal with eyeshadow
A thick swipe of black kajal can look too graphic and get easily smudged. To make things sexier and more long-lasting, smoke out the kajal by smudging the outer edge of the line with a charcoal, black, or dark brown eyeshadow. This Beyoncé-approved technique stands the test of concerts where she dances and sweats, and is a great tip for those of us living in hot and humid climates. It improves the longevity of your kajal by setting the liner with powder eyeshadow.
Caramel nude glosses are your best friend
Caramel-nude glosses have the perfect blend of golden, brown, and warm orange, so they complement the warm undertones in brown skin beautifully. Beyoncé swears by nude lipsticks but, of all her favourites, caramel browns and nudes look best on Indian skin–even more than our eternal favourite pinkish-nudes and mauve lipsticks.
Enhance your glow with dewy eyeshadow and highlighter
Instead of going with sparkly or glittery chunks of shimmer, Beyoncé is usually seen wearing more skin-like illuminators and shadows which give her a lit-from-within glow that looks natural. These foiled, metallic, and uniformly-shiny highlighters and shadows give a dewy, oily, and natural look to the skin, and make the lids look like they’ve been dipped in molten metal, not scattered frosty particles.
Gold eyeshadow will never fail you
We have previously talked about how prettily gold complements brown eyes common in India, and Beyoncé is further proof of this. She wears gold eyeshadow like a neutral shimmer, and it is a lesson in nifty, effortless glam. Since her skin has a golden undertone, gold looks very natural on her. On most medium to dusky-skinned Indians, gold looks very natural as golden, olive, yellow, and orange undertones are common in India, too.
Blonde hair colour doesn’t have to wash you out if you find the right undertone
Many Indians are given problematic hair colour advice about how lighter hair colours will make us look darker, and how that is a bad thing. Allow us to tell you that Beyoncé is proof that dyeing your hair blonde is not going to make you look any less beautiful. Take our advice and find the right undertone for your skin. It might be the pick-me-up your skin needs to look fresh and bright.
Bronzer looks amazing on dark skin too, so use it to sculpt your face
Indian women fear bronzing because a large majority of us are conditioned to believe that beauty is all about fairness, and anything which adds dark shadows to our face will make us ugly. This is ridiculously untrue.
Bronzers help sculpt skin and prevent it from looking flat. Using a bronzer helps add definition to the face along the cheekbones, which is how Beyoncé gets her “flawless” bone structure and jawline to shine through. Darkening certain parts of the face with a bronzer also helps make the un-bronzed parts look brighter in comparison. So, for those who have dark circles and pigmentation around the mouth, bronzing can help make those areas look comparatively brighter than the bronzed cheekbones and jawlines around them.