I’ve been a fan of Beyonce since the early Destiny’s Child days and if I could pick one celebrity I’d love to look like, it would be Beyonce, or Queen Bey as she is more commonly known.

The fact that she carries off her toned curves so perfectly and never seems to have a hair out of place, despite her grueling 3 hour stage routines amazes me and also gives me a tinge of jealousy. I mean come on, even Rihanna admitted that Bey is the one woman who makes her feel insecure. So I am keen to know, as I am sure many of you are, just how does she look so fabulous, all the time.

Whether elegantly serenading the Obamas on Inauguration Night while flashing gunmetal Minx nails, stomping across the stage as bouffant-hairdo-and-Thierry Mugler-sporting alter ego Sasha Fierce on her stadium-wowing megatours, or vamping it up in black lipstick alongside Lady Gaga in the “Telephone” video, she’s a bona fide beauty icon who always manages to balance knockout sex appeal with good-girl charm.

It’s therefore something of a relief to discover that when the superbusy star finally does get some sleep, she’ll be slipping under the covers with Aquaphor smeared on her face. “I go to bed looking totally greasy,” Beyoncé says in a recent interview with Elle magazine. “It’s not all glamour all the time.”

In the interview, Beyonce revealed more about her beauty tricks and regime:

What are your best 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.”

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.”

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 mum 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 a gym. It’s hard work!”

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.”

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