Beyoncé made history at Coachella over the weekend as the first black female to headline the California music event. She thanked the crowd as well as the event organizers for the opportunity, and then went on to belt out “Run the World.” Fitting, B.
But it wasn’t just the nearly two-hour-long set of iconic songs that she performed to screaming fans that was noteworthy; the star’s costumes were also deserving of our attention.
All of Beyoncé’s awesome Coachella looks were designed by Balmain, and it was Bey’s stylist, Marni Senofonte, who made it happen, connecting with the brand’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing who developed a line-up of jaw-dropping costumes.
“Marni told me that the shows were all about survivors and that B was looking for something in a military style,” Rousteing told Vogue. “Our silhouettes and our sort of Mad Max, futuristic take on military looks for fall were a perfect fit.”
All five of the looks Bey sported were by created by Balmain, but the most impressive of the lot was the first one she wore on stage. The costume drew inspo from the Egyptian era, and Bey was dressed in a stunning gold headdress that was reminiscent of Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti, and it was paired with an intricate silver, gold and black floor-length cape that was draped over her shoulders. If there was a picture next to the world “showstopper” in the dictionary, this look would be it:
B’s skin was glowing and perfect, too, and makeup artist Sir John explain the secret behind her Photoshopped-like flesh. “I found this new body makeup called AllEven, it’s a spray makeup but it will not move. You can have white sheets and sleep and it won’t transfer. I use it on her boobs, arms, and legs. We had four changes so we wanted something transfer-resistant,” he said in an interview with Refinery29.
To make her face makeup last and last, Sir John was all about layering: “It’s basically like keeping your makeup on through two hours of cardio [laughs]. Layering is the key, so you want to use a liquid foundation, then set it with bronzer; a cream blush, then set it with powder blush; eyeliner, then set it with shadow. No matter what part of the face, it has a double application.”
Balmain was also responsible for outfitting the hundreds of back-up dancers that joined B on stage, as well as Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland who showed up for a Destiny’s Child throwback and wore matching black and silver looks that shimmered under the stage lights. Rousteing shared some of his initial sketches on Insta over the weekend:
But the trio’s actual looks IRL were even more impressive:
Another fave from Bey’s Coachella weekend was the bright yellow hoodie, cut-off denim shorts (a festival staple) and the most epic fringe boots. Her sparkly makeup even matched the footwear. “I created a glittery lid by mixing a few different glitters. I started with a warm, terracotta base, mixed in an iridescent purple then applied glitter on the center of the eye,” said Sir John.
And it wasn’t just the fringe boots–all of B’s Coachella footwear was covetable. Who wouldn’t want these slouchy leather thigh-highs in their closet?
It’s safe to say that Beyoncé won Coachella with these stellar outfits and on point makeup. Balmain is referring to this year’s desert music festival as Beychella, and we’re not even upset about it. All hail Queen B!