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The aristocratically named Sir John pretty much won the makeup artist jackpot last summer when he got a call from Beyoncé’s team asking him to work on the Mrs. Carter tour. He then ended up creating the makeup looks for eight of the videos in her recently released visual album. Any guy who has been that close to Bey’s face is someone I definitely want to know.
While it doesn’t seem like it (stupid polar vortex), spring is right around the corner, so I asked Sir John about spring trends and advice on how to sport scary looks like orange lipstick and radiant orchid anything. Best of all, he shared a few of his best beautifying secrets.



Really? Radiant Orchid?

Perhaps you’ve heard about the color of 2014? Radiant orchid is the love child of hot pink and purple, and Sir John has some apprehensions about it. It’s a cooler color, and he thinks that warm tones are generally more flattering on women. However, he’s up to the challenge radiant orchid presents. “If you have a darker complexion, you want to use lip liner to tone down and warm up the edges,” Sir John recommended. (See Beyoncé’s radiant orchid-esque matte lip in her “No Angel” video.) Sir John is also an advocate of trying your radiant orchid lipstick (creamy only, please, not matte) as a blush. Or keep it away from your face altogether and wear it on your nails.

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