Beyoncé has this knack for taking our breath away. She did it again when she appeared at President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities to perform her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." She wore an elegant black Pucci gown, striking Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings, cascading amber-brown waves and a luminous complexion perfect for a woman in the national spotlight. Makeup artist Mally Roncal worked with the singer on the historic day, and gave us the inside scoop on how to create her lovely look at home.
Step 1: To prep the skin and minimize pores and shine, apply primer all over your face. Try: Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer. Then pat a bit of concealer, like YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, directly underneath your eyes.
Step 2: For natural-looking coverage, apply a hydrating foundation. Try: Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation. Next add a sweep of illuminating powder, like Mally NEW Diamond Unpowder, to create a lit-from-within look.
Step 3: Swirl a pearly soft pink or peach blush onto your cheeks to create a subtle, radiant glow. Try: Mally Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush Duo.
Step 4: For a rich, smoky eye, start with a shimmery medium brown all around your eyes, hitting your browbones and underneath your lower lash lines. Then sweep a beige shadow onto your lids. Try: L'Oréal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Crystal Shadow Duo in Darling, which has both colors. Next apply a small amount of glistening bronze shadow, like Mally Age Rebel Waterproof Shadow Stick Duo in Chocolate Diamond, right under your lower lash lines. Finish by applying a pearly cream pencil, like Shu Uemura Eye Light Pencil White, to the inner corners of your eyes.
Step 5: Swipe black liquid liner on your top lash lines. Try: Lancôme Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner in Noir. Once it’s dry, top it with a creamy black pencil liner, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, to seal the look.
Step 6: Coat your top and bottom lashes with a volumizing mascara, like YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in High Density Black.
Step 7: Swipe on a pale pink lip gloss. Try: Mally High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Mally's Look.
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