This is the first time I’ve ever watched the Superbowl halftime show.  Growing up, we watched the football and the halftime report.  But the halftime show was for a quick bathroom break before loading up on another plate (or two) of food to eat before snacking again.  I watched this year because Beyonce has become a pop culture icon and I really needed to see what all the fuss was about.  To be honest?  I spent the whole show silently begging the cameramen to get another closeup of Beyonce’s makeup.

During the next hour I was scouring the internet for images or notes about her makeup and turned up with nothing useful.  The photos I did find didn’t do justice to the way Beyonce’s makeup worked with the lighting of her show so I gave up and decided to go with what I like best about it.  My inspired-by-Beyonce look focuses on a smokey eye with an olive twist, lots of contouring, and a pink lip.

Superbowl Beyonce Makeup Profile

I loved the smokey eye Beyonce’s artist created without the heavy use of liner.  And the subtle olive tones to it really drew out the brown in her eyes.  Her eyebrows were a warm brown and heavily filled, but the rest of the face was completely downplayed.  Beyonce’s lip color was a neutral that sometimes looked like a beige and other times appeared pink.  Clearly, I preferred the pink tones!

Superbowl Beyonce Makeup Closeup

With a closer shot, it’s easier to see all the shimmer I chose for the eye makeup.  I had a lot of fun mixing shadows to get just the right effect.  Here is a breakdown of all the products I used and the order in which I applied them.


  • Primer (on lid only):  Tarte empasEYES Cream Eyeshadow in Slate
  • Eyeliner on Outer 1/2 of upper and lower lashlines:  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero
  • Lid:  theBalm All About Alex / Outer V:  NARS Night Clubbing
  • Crease:  NARS Bengali
  • Browbone:  Too Faced Firefly
  • Mascara:  MakeUp For Ever Smoky Lash
  • Brows:  MAC Penultimate Brow Marker


  • Primer:  Revlon PhotoReady
  • Concealer:  Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium
  • Foundation:  NARS Sheer Matte in Barcelona
  • Contour:  Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
  • Cheeks:  NARS Madly blush
  • To set:  NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder


  • Liner:  Beauty for Real The Perfect Lip Pencil
  • Color:  Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color in Soft Nude mixed with Too Faced La Creme Spice Baby Spice

I found Beyonce’s look inspiring and am rather pleased that it was so toned down for such an extraordinary event.  While her artist easily could have gone with black lids, heavy glitter, or bold statement colors, Beyonce’s look was actually wearable for any woman on a night out.  I guess it’s safe to say that watching the halftime show might be worthwhile after all!

Superbowl Beyonce Makeup

How did you spend Superbowl evening…cheering on your favorite team, sitting down only for the commercials, or did you avoid it altogether?