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Beauty Look to try: Blue Ivy in “Black Is King”

Sep. 7, 2020
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Needless to say, Beyonce sure knows how to cause a stir online. Her latest visual album, Black Is King, dropped on Disney+ this week and the world quickly went insane. But it wasn’t (just) Bey capturing the internet’s attention. It looks like Blue Ivy is set to follow firmly in her mother’s footsteps. Her multiple appearances in the video simply ooze star quality. And sure, a lot of that is probably built into her genetics. But I’m pretty sure the makeup helps, too. Here’s how to recreate her two most iconic looks.

Because Blue Ivy is literally a child, she has the most amazing skin...ever? Sadly, the vast majority of us don’t have the skin of an actual eight-year-old—but there are products that can help get you there. You want the skin to look smooth, plump, and as makeup-free as possible, so a good skincare base will be your friend. 

Layering on hydration is the key to this babyface, so start with a product like the Banilaco Deep Hydration Toner. Smooth over the skin on a cotton pad, then follow with a serum to up the dew factor. The Jurlique Nutri-Define Supra Rejuvenating Serum is a favorite, but for something more affordable, the Inkey List’s CoQ10 serum is also amazing. Adding in a couple of drops of facial oil can help boost that lit-from-within glow—the Made By Sunday Super Serum is affordable, won’t clog pores, treats redness, and smells like watermelon candy. Finish with a moisturizing primer (the Too Faced HangoverX is an oldie but a goodie) to ensure everything’s locked in and makeup will apply smoothly over top.

You want a nice, lightweight base for this—and my recommendation is the Glossier Stretch Concealer. Dip in a dense, flat-topped brush (the Tarte Airbuki is my favorite) and buff the product onto the skin. You can focus it primarily on the areas where you want more coverage, allowing the rest of your face to remain basically bare. To effectively fake the look of perfect, bare skin, there’s no better technique I’ve found out there. 

As you may expect from a child, the rest of the face makeup is very subtle. A small amount of cheek contour can help your look a little more defined, though, and the Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick is a great option. What makes this even better than other contour sticks out there is the fact it comes in a really inclusive shade range. Apply a tiny bit just under the apples of the cheeks to give a slightly lifted, plumped look. Blue Ivy also has the perfect light flush to her cheeks. A bright, ‘50s coral cream blush like RMS’s Lip2Cheek in “Smile” will give a similar effect. Finish by dabbing on the highlighting end of your Uoma stick for a bit of extra glow. To ensure it all looks as natural and barely-there as Blue Ivy’s, blend everything together using the same buffing brush you used to apply your base. 

Blue Ivy’s natural brows are envy-inspiring—thick, shapely, and expressive as hell. For the rest of us, it’s likely a little bit of product is needed. To keep things looking as natural as possible, go for a heavy layer of the Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, which helps add bulk without giving any “drawn on” vibes. Similarly, if you want to fake Blue Ivy’s luscious lashes without looking like you’re wearing obvious mascara, there’s no better product for the job than Glossier’s Lash Slick. 

The show-stopping element from the Blue Ivy look is that stunning orange-red lippy. Tom Ford’s Lipstick in “Wild Ginger” is a perfect match, but for those on a tighter budget, “Lady Danger” by MAC is extremely similar (and slightly longer-lasting).

Finish this look with a sleek updo, making sure you gel down any flyaway hairs. I love the Boucleme Curl Defining Gel, which gives hold without any crunching or flaking off. Add a string of pearls, some hair gems, and an adorably smug expression to complete Blue Ivy’s vibe.

Blue Ivy’s second look might be even better than her first. Again, she has that impeccably soft and dewy-looking base (see above)—but this time, it’s a statement eye. 

After you’ve completed your patented Blue Ivy Base™, there are a few little switches to be made. Firstly, there’s no blush to be seen here. Go in instead with a slightly dewy cream bronzer (the Milk Makeup ones are ideal) to warm up the complexion and sculpt out the cheeks. Brows are thinner and more arched, so can be defined with a pencil—the NYX Professional Micro Brow Pencil is satisfyingly thin and precise. 

For the eyes, you want a glowy, pewter look all over the lid. The Pixi Glitter-y Eye Quad in “Gold Laval” will give you all the tones you need. Start with the darkest shade right at your lash line, then apply either of the middle tones on the lid, and finish with a hefty dose of the lightest color across the brow bones. For some extra drama, consider adding some stick-on gems (you can buy them from eBay) across the bottom edge of the eyebrows. Add a slick of some slightly more dramatic mascara (the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is perfect for an intense lash look) to the top and bottom lashes.

Finish this look with a teeny bit of shimmery lip gloss on the pout. I have a hunch Beyonce is a fan of Fenty Beauty (because queens support queens) so the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in “Hot Chocolit” would make the perfect addition to this look. Now, get yourself up onto an aerial hoop, and you’re basically Blue Ivy!