Season looks in GLAMOUR’s debut digital beauty shoot

Meet Sir John, the main makeup man to Queen Bey herself, and the artist behind that glowing from head-to-toe Coachella moment and her shimmer and shade Grammy’s look. A long-term collaborator on her music videos, concert tours, that Super Bowl appearance and those red-carpet stunners. He’s also a go-to for clients including Chrissie Teigan, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell, who all want his signature makeup magic of smokey ‘Spotlight’ eyes and his highlighter tricks that give skin a luminous 24-carat glow. Looks that have us liking his every makeup brush manoeuvre @sirjohnofficial.

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shootStarting out on a MAC counter in NYC, he learnt his skills in store, going on to assist renowned artists including Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury backstage during fashion weeks. It was at the Tom Ford’s first ever womenswear show in 2010 that he first met and worked with Beyonce, and the rest, as they say, is makeup history. You may also recognise him as an American Beauty Star presenter, on the US reality makeup show alongside Ashley Graham.

GLAMOUR got to step inside Sir John’s world and spent four hours with the L’Oréal Paris Ambassador to create four exclusive looks for GLAMOUR’s first ever digital beauty shoot.

First out, he creates a supernatural base that’s good enough to go filter-free, building up to his signature ’24 Carat’ glow with a soft blush of spring colour on lips and cheeks. Followed by a bright blue wave of colour liner, and a finale of head-turning colour on lips and lids. In his words, “They’ll take you from hero to zero, nine to wine and daytime to disco.”

And believe us, these simple hacks will change your makeup, and maybe even your life! We can also confirm, he’s one mega nice guy.

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shoot

LOOK 1: Supernatural Nude

The aim is to, “Shake what you’re Moma gave you,” says Sir John, so think your skin, just better. And he means real skin in all its glory with, “The natural contours of the under-eye that add dimensional character and the light-reflective quality you get after a session at the spa or gym or after good sex.” Oh, and let’s not forget the killer brows (his secret is a smudge of glue for stay-put hold).

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shoot

Cornelia Wahlberg

Shirt, £445 Escada

  • “You want to magnify the skin,” says Sir John, who prefers to apply a foundation with a sponge. “Stipple it on with a minimum amount of product. Give yourself coverage where you need it and keep it go sheer where you don’t.” His choice for the shoot, Infallible 24Hr Fresh Wear Foundation,£10.99, L’Oréal Paris. “It doesn’t look like foundation, it looks like skin and that’s the goal to look like you woke up like this. To find your best shade, match to your jaw. It’s a really good indicator of what your true complexion is. It’s not your hand, it’s not your wrist, it’s the face.”
  • Go light on under-eye concealer. “I love the skin underneath everyone’s eyes. It gives eyes such a three-dimensional quality. Concealer doesn’t belong here on anyone.” His advice? “Stop maybe a millimetre away from the lash line, you don’t want to and rub all this beautiful texture and colour away. Everyone has it, and it’s ok to see veins; it’s anchored in the moment; it’s real and modern. Blend concealer with your ring finer, it’s weaker than your index finger so picks up the least amount of product. Your fingers and body heat change the texture of makeup, so it melts in.” Here he used Infallible LongWear More Than Concealer, £9.99, L’Oréal Paris
  • “Set the concealer with a little bit of powder, but never use pressed powder around the eyes it’ll weigh your eyes down. It has to be a loose powder.” And there’s a Sir John test you need to try. “Drop a little of your loose powder in the air and watch it to see if it drops or cascades. If it cascades into the air, it’s a really lightweight formula. If it drops immediately, it’s too heavy for your eye area.” Also, limit powder to your T-Zone. “If you’ve been to the gym, to the spa or had good sex, your skin is light reflective, so that’s what you want to recreate.” Those are the powder rules!

LOOK 2: 24-Carat Magic

The glow magic doesn’t happen by chance, it takes a serious highlighting strategy, according to Sir John to sculpt, brighten and get that mega-watt glimmer.

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shoot

Cornelia Wahlberg

Corset Top, £410 Natasha Zinko

LOOK 3: Waveliner

For a punch of colour and when you want to have more fun, create a wave of colour on the eyes with four shades of liner. “It’s another take on denim-blue liner mixing in turquoise shades. I love this feline look.”

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shoot

Cornelia Wahlberg

Coat, £345 Tara Jarmon

LOOK 4: Spotlight Eyes

“I love statement eyes, if you know anything about my work and the people I work with, you’ll know I love light-reflective eyes with massive impact. The way to get really impactful eyes is to layer pencils, shadows and glitters. I love red and purple together, it reminds me of Cabaret.” But be warned. “Don’t do this eye when your Uber is on the way, sit down in front of beautiful lighting and take your time.”

Season looks in GLAMOUR's debut digital beauty shoot

Cornelia Wahlberg

Blazer, £584 Theory

Amen to that!

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