Beyoncé Shares Her Beauty Secrets

When you are as beautiful as Beyonce people are bound to want to know your beauty secrets. Elle Magazine recently caught up with the singer and had her spill the beans on everything from her radical weight loss measures to what she does to keep her complexion so clear during the hot summer months.

Are there similarities between music and perfume?

When I write songs, I want them to be sensual and sexy, so women can go out on the dance floor and feel free and strong—like they can say whatever they want to say, especially to the opposite sex. And that’s what I wanted Heat to do too. You feel more confident when you’re wearing a fragrance you love.

Any anti-fatigue beauty tricks?

I always keep a pair of Ray-Bans handy! And sometimes I put a little gold eye shadow in the inner corners of my eyes—it’s more subtle than white, but it still really makes you look more awake.

What do you use to give your body skin that velvety sheen?

I layer on bronzers for public appearances. I love L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze One Day gel, which you can just get at Walmart, and Scott Barnes Body Bling is also great.

You do your own makeup for performances. Why not use a makeup artist?

It’s a way of getting into the zone—it’s part of becoming Sasha Fierce. I’m able to sit down for an hour and play around with makeup, which I find really relaxing and fun. Before a tour, I have my makeup artist design a look for me—she draws it on paper to show me where to put everything.

How important is hair and makeup for getting into film roles?

Very. Especially playing Etta James in Cadillac Records—once I put on that blond wig and those thick eyebrows, I felt much more natural in her skin. That’s one of the things I love about makeup: You can change your whole attitude just by doing your eyeliner or lipstick differently.

What are some of your staple red-carpet tricks?

I use a makeup primer, and then I use a lot of powder to keep everything in place. I usually go for a waterproof mascara, or a strip of false lashes when I’m onstage, so I won’t get smudgy. And I love L’Oréal Paris Elnett hairspray—it holds like nothing else.

Your mom owned a hair salon when you were growing up. Did you try out a lot of styles?

Oh, yeah. I’m sure it was scary for her because I was always messing with my hair when I was a kid. One of the worst things I did was cut my ponytails off. I saw my mom doing extensions, so I thought she’d be able to put them back on. Thankfully I had separated my hair into quarters and I only cut off the front two ponytails. Afterward I had to have really thick bangs for a while.

Did it make you more fearless about experimenting as an adult?

Definitely. I’m still always doing something to my hair—cutting layers, or bleaching it, or taking it upon myself to copy fashionable hairstyles without knowing the necessary techniques. A couple of weeks ago, I cut my own bangs and put highlights in the front. When my stylist saw me, she was like, “What did you do?!” I did a pretty good job, but she still had to fix it. We’re always joking that I’m a frustrated hairdresser.

How often do you exercise?

I’ve never been all that consistent. If I’m onstage doing a performance for two and a half hours, I don’t really think I need to do anything else. So when I’m on tour, I let it slide. But I just started working out at the Tracy Anderson gym. It’s hard work!

Tracy Anderson is known for reshaping people’s bodies. Is that what you want?

Not really; I’m pretty happy. I want to get my arms a bit leaner, but other than that, it’s just maintenance.

Do you follow a specific diet?

Well, I don’t eat pasta every day. I’m not trying to lose or gain weight, but I do have to work out and watch what I eat. I’m not someone who can go crazy. I’ll usually have cereal for breakfast and a salad for lunch and a light dinner, and then on Sundays I’ll allow myself to have whatever I want.

You famously did the Master Cleanse for your role in Dreamgirls. Would you ever do it again?

Never. I did it to lose weight really fast, but it wasn’t fun. There are healthier ways to lose weight—I wouldn’t recommend it.


  1. I think there was something about her smothering Aquaphor all over her face when she goes to bed too, but I wanna see interviews with questions like “when’s the last time you ate at McDonalds, Wendy’s etc.? or who stays with you when Jay’s not home? Tired of seeing the same questions everytime.

  2. Because I know she doesn’t stay in a big penthouse by herself lol

  3. @GET REAL how would you know who is in Beyonce’s penthouse? 😆 This is why Beyonce stays relevant because everybody constantly wants to know her who’s why’s when’s what’s and where’s in’s and out’s

  4. @THE SIGNATURE- I’m saying that because I’m sure NO celeb celeb stays in a mansion all by themselves so I know eitha a assitant, bodyguard or someone probably stays with them I’m just wondering who. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, is it? Also I completely agree with you about the part of staying relevant.

  5. she’s doing her job as a loreal spokes-person pretty well, ain’t she?

    i guess its cool she does her own make up 🙂

  6. I love the fact that Beyonce always seems so down to earth! It’s really cool to know that she likes to do things for herself. It shows that she is really into whatever she does and enjoys the process!

  7. @Veritee :lol2: she kills me with that lie.

    as for her being gorgeous…umm 🙄 she’s pretty when she’s all glammed up..w/o make up she’s just ok.

  8. Just stop. This girl is pretty she is not drop dead gorgeous. She is just pretty.

  9. Too gorgeous, lol @ commenter telling others what is the standard of gorgeous or not. Like you are someone. Some black women these days……… :loser:

  10. It’s 😆 how people get upset at someone else because they think a woman is gorgerous.SMH.

  11. It doesn’t seem like anyone is upset. People are just tired of this woman being held up like she is some standard form of beauty. Drop dead gorgeous is real and there is nothing about her that’s real. Let’s see how she really look without all that mess on her. Let’s see her for a change and then we can say if she is drop dead gorgeous.

  12. Do you kno her personally to know what’s real or not? My guess would be no, and before you ask me that same question I don’t either so I will not pass judgement on if I think she’s “real”, and you shouldn’t either. As i said before it’s they’re opinions, some people think Estelle is gorgeous and I dnt agree but it’s they’re opinion, it’s not a fact that she is gorgeous. Is it?

  13. Beyonce is soooooo gorgeous! Like, soooooo gorgeous. You mad?

  14. Are you people seriously getting mad because someone said she is just pretty. Since when is it an insult to call somenone pretty. You are completely crazy. Calling someone pretty is an insult now. Get real people with the hair comment to. We all know that is not her hair. I am sure she has a lot of hair but that is not it in that picture.

    Stop idolizing this woman to the point of ridiculousness.

  15. makes sense now I know Beyonce does her own make up before performances.

  16. Oh and no one is mad at people saying beyonce is pretty, we all know she is pretty, it’s the exageration that kills me, “OH MY GOD SHE IS SO GORGEOUS I’M ABOUT TO DIE” is this your first time seeing? hell yeah she is gorgeous and?!

  17. :lol2: Lol at her styling those wigs!! Beyonce just can’t b normal for even a few minutes. Oh the lies……nice looking lady but Nothing is pretty about her. Moving along…

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