Acclaimed singer and songwriter Beyoncé Knowles’s dress style and make-up is always perfect. Whether she is walking the most prestigious red carpets around the world or performing in a short, sheer dress, or just going on a walkabout with her family, one thing is for sure - she always looks flawless.
World-renowned beauty and fashion duo, Sir John and Ty Hunter, who have been part of Beyoncé’s glam squad, #BeyGlamSquad, recently visited South Africa for special masterclasses. Hosted by fashion, beauty and food retailer Woolworths, the style superstars staged two VIP events at Woolworths Canal Walk in Cape Town and Woolworths Sandton City in Johannesburg.
Between them, Sir John and Hunter have glammed up Queen Bey (Beyoncé) and helped the likes of Solange Knowles, Viola Davis, Kim Kardashian West, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams.
Ty Hunter on dressing the stars.
Who are the stars you work with repeatedly? I’ve been styling Beyoncé for the past 18 years. I have also been working a lot with basketball players like Kevin Garnett.
What is a big no-no when it comes to dressing stars? Never dress anyone in what you like or think works for them - it is not about what you like but what they are comfortable wearing. It is about highlighting their best assets. If they are comfortable, they will wear each garment with confidence. Oh, and wear the right undergarments that will flatter your body. No dress or outer garment will work if your undergarments aren’t fitting properly.
What was your favourite look from Met Gala? I loved Cassie’s suit - very chic. Also loved Rihanna’s outfit - it fitted in well with the theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”, which was pretty amazing this year.
Sir John shared some of the hottest make-up and skincare looks for the winter season with us.
Your top-five winter make-up looks for the lips, skin and eyes? Honestly, everyday women should not follow trends or try to repeat what they see on Instagram - keep it authentic and natural - you are beautiful. Pick five things you love about yourself and highlight those things. You need to be authentic and true to your own beauty - that will give you confidence.
EYES: Be bold with colour this winter especially with blue and greens. Don’t be shy to experiment. Wear a new look everyday to work for five days straight and see what works for you. Give someone a reason to look at your eyes – the eyes are the gateway to the soul! My favourite No 1 make-up product is mascara. You can never wear enough mascara!
SKIN: Foundation is so important – do not settle for cheap foundation. Foundation is the one product you need to spend a little extra on and get a good one that will give you coverage. Most important… glowing skin will never go out of fashion. Use a wet application sponge over your moisturiser – that will help with getting that glow. Keep it natural without layering too much.
LIPS: Dark and glossy – gloss is the perfect product to double up on for cheeks as well. Spend money on products that can be used for more than one purpose. It is important to layer lips to make sure you don’t end up having no lips after your first coffee in the morning. Start with your lipstick, followed by your lipliner – it will go on smoother. The lip liner should be just outside your lip line top and bottom, followed by some gloss. Lips are the perfect accessory to change any look from informal to formal. It is also the easiest to apply and can be done anywhere – so no excuse.
What was his most important beauty advice to women? Be yourself. Your beauty will give you confidence - start with yourself, be happy with who you are, before looking at what celebs are doing on Instagram. It is not real, so stop comparing yourself.