Beyonce’s look at the MTV Music Video Awards (VMAs) was handled by her talented makeup artist, Sir John. Fans of the singer can now find out how the makeup pro got Queen Bey ready for her big night at the awards. The makeup artist will be opening his inaugural Sir John Beauty Gallery, where anyone who can get tickets can take a master class led by the pro.
Beyonce had all eyes on her and her daughter, Blue Ivy, as they descended onto the white carpet like sparkling angels. Beyonce started off the night at the MTV VMAs with sky blue feather wings, a cool $12.5 million worth of jewelry, and one Princess Blue Ivy holding her hand.
PeopleStyle talked to Sir John after the VMAs to find out the secrets behind her flawless looks for the evening.
“The punctuation for me for me was glowing skin, a pinkish-nude lip and feline, sort of Sophia Loren eyes.”
The beauty pro used a lot of luminizer on Bey to give her a romantic glow that he could later build on for her performance look during the show.
“I wanted to make sure that her eyes were just a little softer than what they were going to be for the actual stage, so I used a little bit less black liner and mascara.
“A lot woman will do black on their top and bottom lash line, but that can be a bit harsh. Using brown on the bottom is like an optical illusion, it reads black, but it’s a lot less aggressive.”
For Mrs. Carter’s lips, Sir John chose a favorite of his, L’Oreal Paris Infallible, because he had used it previously on Beyonce, and it lasted all night long.
Beyonce and Blue Ivy walked effortlessly together down the white carpet, along with the mothers of the four victims of police shootings, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Eric Garner, who she invited along for the night. The mothers also played a part in her album Lemonade.
After the white carpet, Sir John had a quick 15 minutes to prep Queen Bey for her VMA performance.
“I just bumped everything up a little. I made the black liner thicker, used a little bit more gold on the lid, and a little bit more bronzer because I wanted her to seem warmer on stage.”
Sir John drew inspiration for her performance look from the singer’s “Sorry” video and was going with an all-gold-everything look. Beyonce’s dancers were even body painted in gold liquid– all 96 of them!
“Gold was a huge theme, I did a lot of gold on the girls, because I wanted to give them that lighted touch. Literally my job was to work with light.”
For Beyonce’s look, he amped up her white carpet look by thickening up the eyeliner and adding the same gold liquid on the dancers to Beyonce’s lids.
Sir John also used the popular strobing technique to perfect her glowing look. The makeup artist advises others to get on board with the strobing trend.
“Don’t be afraid to strobe.
“Strobing is great on the sides of the face. If you look at the photos of looks I have created with her, there’s massive amounts of luminizer on the sides of her cheek bones, but if she turns directly to the camera, everything appears matte. You can be as shiny as you want to on the sides of the face, but remaining matte in the center of the face is always key. That’s something that’s life or death when I am working with her.”
The pro knew that Beyonce would be having a long night and would need a lasting look, so he was sure to use both powder and liquid foundations to set a flawless base.
This was Sir John’s first VMAs appearance, but this is not the first time people are seeing him. Sir John has been a makeup artist for Beyonce for years. The makeup artist has an impressive A-list clientele and is in such high demand that he has decided to teach a master class.
Sir John is looking forward to the opening of his inaugural Sir John Beauty Gallery, which will be open to the public on September 14 in New York City. The event will include a master class led by the makeup legend himself. Tickets are expected to go quickly, you can get yours on Sir John’s website.
The Sir John Beauty Gallery will also feature some art inspired by Sir John’s most iconic work to date.
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