Posts Tagged ‘Sir John’


Monday, April 16th, 2018


Queen Bey gave fans a royal performance at the Coachella Music Festival on Saturday night.  The 26-song extravaganza (dubbed “Beychella”) featured a marching band — complete with majorettes and back-up dancers, high-profile guest appearances (Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, and Solange Knowles), wardrobe changes (courtesy of Balmain), and even polish changes.  Naturally Beyoncé turned to L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sir John, to help create her signature looks.  Here we take you through his step-by-step!

Sir John began by focusing on eyes. For Beyoncé’s shadow he utilized a warm, matte terracotta shadow as the base shade. He then mixed two loose glitters together – one in a copper color and the other in an iridescent purple – and placed on the ball of her eyes.   Next, he used a black liner on top and a MAC coffee-colored Eye Pencil on the bottom lashes. He prefers to do this black/brown liner combo because the coffee brown helps to bring in some softness to the eye, whereas black liner on the bottom sometimes weighs the eye down.  For Beyoncé’s lashes, Sir John wanted to give her a super feathery, voluminous look. He first curled the lashes to give them a lift and then applied generous coats of his go-to mascara, L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise.



Saturday, August 12th, 2017

During a mid-day session at Saturday’s Beautycon Festival Los Angeles, former Vogue editor, Sarah Brown, center, moderated a fireside chat with supermodel, Adriana Lima, and international makeup star, Sir John.  The trio serve as judges on Lifetime’s upcoming reality competition, American Beauty Star, also hosted by Lima.  Speaking about her professional influences, Brown cited Anna Wintour and Jean Godfrey June as her mentors, describing June as “my first boss, brilliant writer, my most important mentor to this day, one of the best people I know.”  Brown also noted that when she began in beauty, during the 1990s, it was without a beauty influence.  Why? Because at the time, nobody actually looked like her.  This gave Brown the opportunity to develop her personal style and look.  Today she admires unique beauties such as, Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.

Sir John’s mentors have included superstars, Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, for whom he started working as an assistant.  Speaking to aspiring makeup artists in the audience, he shared, “if you want a career in beauty, you can’t lead until you effectively follow.”  Translation:  be an intern, be an assistant, and learn on the job. Calling today’s youth the “we don’t want to to learn, we just want to be a star” generation, he shared some of his earlier credits, which including working at the MAC Cosmetics counter and doing makeup in a strip club (while still working at Vogue) to make ends meet.  “Don’t be afraid of assisting, don’t be afraid of learning,” he emphasized.

Brown also noted that when Lima began her modeling career, she, too, looked like no one else.  While she did have beauty influences, she quickly embraced her singularity.  “Everyone is unique.  You just have to embrace that uniqueness,” she urged.  Lima is the first to acknowledge that she is not perfect. “I am just myself.  I get out there, I have fun,” but, most importantly, “I love what I do, I love being here.”


Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Supermodel, Adriana Lima (left), is set to host a new reality competition series, American Beauty Star, for Lifetime.   Executive Producer, Norton Herrick, of Herrick Entertainment, has partnered with A+E Networks to bring together twelve celebrity stylists and salon professionals who will compete in a variety of makeup, hair, and nail challenges ranging from high-concept editorial looks to red carpet and runway show-stoppers.  Celebrity stylist, Sir John (right) will mentor the contestants, while former longtime Vogue Beauty director, Sarah Brown, will serve as a judge, alongside an all-star lineup of celebrity guests and beauty industry influencers.

“Herrick Entertainment has created a unique format in the beauty space marrying proven reality-competition story beats with fresh new twists and an outstanding cast of competitors who are at the top of their game.  We’re delighted to partner with Norton, Adriana and the Herrick Entertainment team to bring this fresh and original new format to life for our viewers,” stated Paul Buccieri, President A+E Studios and A+E Portfolio Group.  Beauty Undercover’s Holly Baril has served as a consultant to the production, which begins shooting next month in Los Angeles.