Beyonce's Makeup

Crystal Schwanke
The beautiful look of Beyonce Knowles.

Beyonce's makeup varies from day to day, project to project. She's also one of those lucky celebs who look good without makeup. From blue eye shadow to a neutral, glowing look, this natural beauty is one to be envied and someone to look to for makeup inspiration. She can pull anything off, from casual to glam.

Beyonce's Makeup: Fresh, Yet Glam

Beyonce's makeup is almost always the perfect combination of all-done-up and laidback chic. Sometimes she'll go a little overboard for a regular day with brightly colored shadow and lips, while other days she doesn't bother to put on any (or much) at all. In most cases, though, when you see photos of Beyonce, she's put together and looks amazingly luminous. The makeup colors she uses seem to meld with her skin, so you can't tell where her natural beauty ends and the "help" begins.

So what are the secrets to glowing, gorgeous skin? How about neutral, but not bare, eye makeup that brightens up the whites and adds an extra sparkle to your gaze? And finding that perfect lipstick that makes your lips look like themselves, only one hundred times better?

For the face: To fake that glow that seems to come from within, use a moisturizer or foundation with light reflecting particles. You can mix the moisturizer with your regular foundation and smooth it over your skin. Good ones to try are MAC Strobe Cream and Revlon Skinlights. In a pinch, you could even take a light, shattered eye shadow and use it the same way.

Innocently flirty eyes: Beyonce's makeup usually consists of neutrals. While browns tend to look good on everyone, her caramel skin tone looks especially lovely with hints of copper, gold, and chocolate brown. Choose a light (highlight), medium (lid), and dark (crease) shade for your own skin (the medium tone should be your starting point, and be just a shade darker than your skin).

Your lips, but better: You usually won't see Beyonce sporting bright red lips. Rather, she sticks to neutral tones here, too. If your coloring is similar to hers, opt for a gloss in caramel or pinkish-brown tones that reflect the light. Fair-skinned girls can achieve the same effect by choosing a muted mauve or peachy-pink shade.

Super Casual

Everyone has those days where they don't want to go out barefaced, but they don't want to load up the makeup, either. Maybe you're running late, just going to do errands, or you're going to be outside and don't want to deal with your makeup sliding off your face. It's ok. You can still fix up a bit without spending a lot of time, making more effort than is necessary, or putting on so much, it looks horrible ten minutes after walking out the door into the humidity. Beyonce's makeup looks like this quite often-it's just enough to bring out her natural beauty.

Swipe of color for the eyes On simple days, you just need a wash of sheer color on your eyes. Just find a sheer, shimmery shade to brush on lightly from your lash line to your brow. The best colors to use in this manner are close to your own skin color so they brighten your eyes without looking "done." If you desire, line your top lid very close to the lash line with a brown or black-brown kohl. Then use your favorite natural-looking mascara to top off the look. No need for false lashes here.

Keep the same skin tricks if you feel you need to use foundation, and go for gloss instead of lipstick since it's easier to apply on the go.

All Glammed Up

Just when you think you have Beyonce's makeup all figured out, she changes it up for a party or a red carpet event. For this, you still keep your glowing, gorgeous skin, but you will want to add drama to the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Yes, all at the same time, but don't "play up" more than one feature at a time. It's all about the overall look. You'll need some falsies, some contouring, and a little bit of lip liner. For additional drama, switch up the placement of your darkest and medium eye shadow colors listed above-dark on the lid, medium in the crease, and highlight on the brow. Here's your chance to add some color for drama if you wish.

More dramatic lips: If you played up your eyes when you made the day-to-night switch, you'll still want to go easy on the lip color. Just fill in and define them a little more with liner in a color close to your lips' and add a bit of gloss in a similar shade.

No Makeup

Beyonce's makeup may do wonders, but she still looks pretty without it (just like most girls)! Here is a makeup-free picture of Beyonce to show you that celebrities really do look a lot like the rest of us until they sit down on a chair and primp with the best makeup artists and hairstylists. If you're feeling a bit intimidated because you're just a "normal" girl, theis picture may be the boost you need to amp up your beauty. Your looks can sizzle, too!

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Beyonce's Makeup