coachella 2018

The Secret Behind Beyoncé’s Sweat-Proof Makeup

Beyoncé at Coachella 2018. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella

As we continue to unravel every possible detail from Beychella, Beyoncé’s makeup artist just elaborated on one of particular interest: the singer’s Coachella beauty routine.

First, some context. There was a point toward the end of Beyoncé’s Saturday-night performance when the signer dabbed her forehead with a bright white towel. That’s not exciting on its own, but that the towel even after she used it, is.

I know what you’re thinking: Beyoncé sweats? And her makeup doesn’t rub off on white fabrics? I was surprised too, and over on , Sir John, Beyoncé’s makeup artist, explained how he made her performance makeup incredibly durable.

“Layering is the key,” he told the site. “So you want to use a liquid foundation, then set it with bronzer; a cream blush, then set it with powder blush; eyeliner, then set it with shadow. No matter what part of the face, it has a double application.”

Sir John also revealed the exact makeup he applied on Beyoncé, telling Refinery29: “I found this new body makeup called , it’s a spray makeup but it will not move. You can have white sheets and sleep and it won’t transfer. I use it on her boobs, arms, and legs. We had four changes so we wanted something transfer-resistant.”

And there you have it. How she is able to run around in heels for two hours straight, on the other hand, will remain a mystery.