From her performances, secret album drops, hair, and outfits, almost every element of the legend that is Beyoncé has been analyzed, dissected, and unpacked. But there’s one crucial layer of her stage persona that we can’t get enough of: her makeup routine.
Long-time makeup artist to Mrs. Carter, Francesa Tolot, recently revealed a few secrets behind Bey’s varying, but always flawless, looks. Tolot, who’s been on Team B for 15 years, and worked on every music video since her first solo album, Dangerously in Love in 2003, is also the artist behind the stunning visuals on the latest On the Run Tour II. And some of what she shared came as little surprise, i.e. there are times when B needs hardly any makeup at all.
For the tour’s promo material and shows’ accompanying visuals, Beyoncé expressed the need to keep things simple. “It was one of her desires to be really natural, raw, and herself. She wanted her hair and makeup to be minimal. She feels very good in her skin,” she tells Refinery29.
Well, duh, if we had Knowles genes, so would we.
But that’s not to say Tolot, whose work has also covered publications such as Vogue, hasn’t been able to mix things up, and showcase B’s chameleon-like ability to effortlessly wear a variety of looks. Emphasizing Beyoncé’s versatility, she noted “the beauty of working with her: she can go from extreme glamour to absolutely nothing.”
And for some of the new tour’s more stripped down video content (literally), all Tolot needed on hand were a few skincare essentials, such as baby oil, moisturizer, and sometimes a lip stain. For the beach snaps, she said “At most, I used some baby oil in those beach photos for that shine you see. She has good skin.” Well, damn. If we weren’t already sure Beyoncé was genetically superior, we are now.
It seems like the two are very much creatively synced, communicating ideas without the use of Pinterest, Instagram, or other visual aids (let’s be honest, B’s more of a trend-setter than follower). “She really trusts me… we kind of think the same way. She never gives me strong direction; it’s more about expressing her feelings and what she wants to portray and communicate through her look. From there it’s a collaboration and that transfers into the hair and makeup. I feel very blessed that we do have such a connection that there’s never a need for a long conversation or images from the internet [for inspiration]… It really requires minimal words and images to understand each other,” Tolot shared.
And given Beyoncé’s ascent over the last decade, from run-of-the-mill girl band frontwoman to globally acclaimed musical and style legend, it’s safe to say, it’s a method that’s working for them.
As for the particular source inspiration behind this tour’s aesthetic, they looked to the Caribbean, evoking the spirit and sound of Jamaica, with a hint of vintage and modern thrown in for good measure.
We can’t wait to see how Beyoncé’s beauty looks evolve over the coming years — however much or little makeup she wears, she’ll surely wear it like no one else.