Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Just Showed Us His Favorite Products for Glowing Skin


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I have (more than once) wished I could be a fly on the wall of Sir John's bathroom. Okay, that sounds creepy. Perhaps I should clarify: I've wished I could be a fly on the marble-topped exterior of his vanity. Or his makeup chair. Or really, any safe surface in close proximity to where he preps his or his beautiful clients' skin. Can you blame me?

Not only is Sir John regarded as one of the top makeup artists in the industry, but he might also have the coolest A-list clientele—from Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss to Beyoncé and Joan Smalls. (I've also had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and he's impossibly poised and kind.) Anyway, my longtime dream recently came true when Who What Wear asked Sir John to take us inside his bathroom for a tour featuring all of his must-have beauty essentials—a fun, skincare-spun riff off our #WhoWhatWardrobes IGTV series. Not surprisingly, the eight-minute sneak peek into his treasure trove of fragrances and glowing skin elixirs did not disappoint.

Watch the footage for yourself just below, and keep scrolling for a product-by-product breakdown. Because yes, some of his quotes are too good not to see in print. (I too could fry an egg on my oily forehead, Sir John. I too…) 

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Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.