Since Beyoncé seemingly brings out everyone’s shameless fan girl (we’re looking at you, Adele), we sat down with her star makeup artist, Sir John to get his insider tips on recreating her fave looks
“Beyoncé has taught me that beauty isn’t perfect— although maybe I caught her at a time in her life when she doesn’t care about perfection,” says Sir John, the makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris ambassador who created already-iconic looks for Lemonade and the superstar’s recent Mrs. Carter tour. “She taught me that something can be polished, but then there also has to be something raw for it to be believable nowadays. It has to feel real and lived in.” That’s the logic behind one of Bey’s signature off-duty looks: a majorly bold lip, nearly nude skin and a messy bun. “This is the look in New York or Paris,” he explains, “because women only have time to do skin and a statement lip, and then hit it.” He’s not wrong, so we asked the accomplished makeup artist, who also works with boldface names from Chrissy Teigen to Priyanka Chopra to Joan Smalls, for his primer on creating a jaw-dropping look in minutes, suited to your skin tone.