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Everyday skincare and grooming tips from Beyoncé's make-up artist Francesca Tolot


We're all agreed that Beyoncé looks pretty incredible.

No matter how many sweaty routines the 33-year-old singer is put through, no matter how many long-haul flights she's hopped on or late nights she's had with baby Blue, she always looks fresh and ready to go with bold, bright eye make-up and a dewy, glowing complexion.

So we've decided to catch up with Beyoncé's make-up artist, LA-based beautician Francesca Tolot, for her tips on everyday make-up that will make you look great. Francesca has been working with the star for more than a decade and knows all there is to know about creating a flawless look. From the correct way to apply mascara (an eyelash comb comes in handy, apparently) to using rice paper to absorb oil on your skin, come grab your own piece of Beyoncé-inspired make-up magic:

What three emergency make-up products should every woman carry in her handbag and why?

1. Mascara – this instantly opens your eyes.

2. Blush – to give you a healthy youthful look.

3. Lipstick or lipgloss – for a pop of color or shine.

What would you recommend doing for instant pick-me-up, dewy skin?

Mascara is a must, and a small amount of moisturiser to the skin does the trick.

What tips can you give for applying mascara so it doesn’t end up smudging?

Use an eyelash comb in between the mascara application to eliminate clotting.

Use an eyelash comb in-between mascara application to get rid of clotting, says Francesca Tolot

How is it best to apply fake eyelashes so they go on and stay on?

Be sure to use quality glue when applying fake eyelashes, then apply the glue on the lashes and wait for the glue to become sticky before you apply it to your own lashes.

What advice do you have for keeping on and setting make-up so it stays in place all day?

Use powder to set foundation, and throughout the day use some rice paper to absorb the oil on your skin. Doing this applies pressure and resets the foundation on your skin.

What three simple steps can you take to upgrade your look from daytime to evening - making it more glamorous?

Re-applying your mascara is a must. Using a soft thick natural bristle brush, gently dust some bronzer all over your face and then apply some highlighter on your cheek and use a bolder colour on your lips.

Mascara, blush and lipstick are three essential products every woman should have in her handbag, according to Beyoncé's make-up artist

How can our readers apply a full lip so it looks really stand-out and brilliant?

Outline your lips with a lip liner, set it with powder, and choose the boldest lipstick and apply. Choose a lip liner that is close as possible to the lipstick colour.

How about building blush and using bronzer – what tips can you give us for using both of these?

Apply your blush first and then gently feather the bronzer on top.

What make-up trends should we be looking out for this autumn?

The trend still seems to be leaning towards a natural look with touches of bold lips here and there.

Photos: Rex Features

One Woman 100 Faces by Francesca Tolot is out this month, published by Goodman for £30



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