Yes, it was the night the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos battled it out for the Super Bowl title. But it wasn’t the game that we were really all that interested in (the Broncos won 24–10, by the way). It was Lady Gaga’s and Beyoncé’s standout beauty looks that had us hooked. Keep scrolling to see them, plus how to re-create the looks at home.
First up Gaga, who was singing the pre-game national anthem, came over all patriotic with a star-spangled red eye look that was more sophisticated than you would ever expect a glitter eye could be. The rest of her makeup was kept minimal—a little contour and a nude lip—save for tons of black mascara. She completed the flag-inspired tribute with blue metallic nails.
Come halftime, the crowd was treated to a medley by Coldplay, Bruno Mars and of course Beyoncé. Queen Bey worked a tonal metallic look. Her makeup artist, Sir John, told Glamour.com, “At first I was thinking of doing a cat eye, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked on the cameras; so I completely abandoned ship and went with something else,” he said.
On the eyes, Sir John applied a matte brown powder to contour, then a sheen, rust-toned shadow on the centre of her eyes, layered with a little copper powder to make them pop. “I like to start with matte first—it’s something to lay the pigment on. And the contrast of matte next to metallic is really nice,” Sir John told the publication. A little coffee-hued liner and a lot of black mascara and the eyes were done. Re-create Beyoncé’s eye look with Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette, (£39).
On Beyoncé’s lips, he applied a warm nude lipstick and pressed on some shimmering copper pigment, “I wanted the colors to feel a bit cyber.” Use MAC Pigment (£16) in Copper Sparkle if you want to try the look at home.
Before applying Beyoncé’s makeup, Sir John treated her skin. “I like to use rose oil because it hydrates, but it’s also really repairing,” he said. “I sometimes mix it with a bit of water in an atomizer and use it as a mist. It preps your skin for moisturiser or makeup primer.”
There was no heavy stage makeup here, just a little moisturiser and matte foundation. “I wanted to keep it as sheer as possible. It’s not a two-hour show, so it’s okay to do more of a fresh look,” he says. “Plus, her skin is in top shape, so she doesn’t need a lot.” A little contouring with a taupe shade was enough for her complexion.
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