In July 2011 hairstylist and makeup artist to the stars, Sophia Lenore, decided to make Berlin, Germany, her third home to accommodate her celebrity and socialite clients. Until recently celebrity hair and makeup artist Sophia Lenore spent her time flying back and forth between her two homes in New York City and Miami, Florida. “Now I just need a place in California” Sophia stated in an interview with Miami Very Social Magazine. Sophia Lenore is married to retired tennis player turned pro athlete trainer, Philipp Halfmann, whose busy tennis touring schedule greatly influenced Sophia’s decision to relocate to Berlin, Germany. “Both my schedule and my husband’s schedule were getting so chaotic. I was traveling all over the place for photo shoots, films, television shows, runways shows you name it! Phil’s schedule was just as crazy because he was spending 6 months in America and 6 months in Europe touring and training athletes. So, I thought, why don’t I just start working more in Europe myself?” So after making the decision to move to Europe 3 months later Sophia was on a plane to Berlin with 15 suitcases. “I never travel light”. Sophia laughs.
Sophia Lenore’s arrival in Berlin, Germany, was abrupt and noticed by many! “As soon as I arrived in Berlin I got so busy!! Suddenly I had new agents, new clients, several new projects, a slew of new hair and makeup assistants, and a new title to add to my resume”. Sophia Lenore is the new School Director as well as the Director of Education at Yab Academy for hair and makeup.
However Sophia finds the balance and never shows signs of being overwhelmed.” I will never allow myself to become so busy that my clients in America and Europe, who have grown dependent and accustomed to having me available to them, can’t even get me on the phone”. “I am always taking new clients, and signing on for new projects. If I am available and in town you can book me, there is no ego here”.
Have you ever wondered what beauty products celebrities use to stay looking so flawless and perfect? Well, you’re in luck because that’s my forte! I have the privilege of working with some of the most beautiful celebrities in the entertainment industry. Since I spend much of my time getting up close and personal with some of the most famous faces in the world, I always get the 411 on all of their beauty regimens straight from the celebrities themselves (as well as from fellow celebrity makeup artists & hairstylists). My readers, friends and followers have requested that I cover Beyonce’s beauty regimens. So if you if you always wanted to know what was in Bey’s beauty bag your in luck because it’s all right here!
Beyonce is a beautiful woman with and without makeup, period! I am sure she has a very hectic schedule and life, which consists of world tours, films, commercials, performances, music videos, studio sessions, appearances and God knows what else. With such a busy life when can she make time to maintain and preserve her natural beauty? Easy, Beyonce keeps it simple.
Many people look up to celebrities not only for their talent but also for their beauty. Sometimes a celebrities beauty and good looks is attributed to make up and photo-shop; but we can’t deny that some celebs just look damn good naturally! Beyonce has flawless skin and a curvaceous body. Even without any make up on, she still looks great and therefore proving that she’s a natural beauty.
We all has little beauty routines and secretes for looking good. Some might even have beauty secrets that they don’t want to share. Thankfully, Beyonce love’s to share her beauty tips & secretes. Beyonce is feminine, stylish and is not afraid to experiment, so let’s take a look at some of Beyonce’s beauty regimens, as well some of her favorite beauty products.
“I feel it is important for women to take care of themselves and look good” -Beyonce.
“I believe in women sticking together and recognizing how much we can learn from one another, supporting one another and asking questions. If you think someone is beautiful, watch them and ask questions and see how you can do the same thing, as opposed to comparing yourself to them.” -Beyonce.
Beyonce knows the secret to smooth healthy looking skin, she moisturizes often. Bey’s choice is Aquaphor by Eucerin. She applies this extremely moisturizing product to her face and body nightly before bed.
This product looks and feels like Vaseline, however it is extremely moisturizing and it has great healing properties (great for cuts, burns, sunburns, scars, ect). If applied to the entire body before bedtime you’ll wake up with skin that is super soft and supple.
“I use Aquaphor for everything—on my elbows, on my feet.” -Beyonce.
Carol’s Daughter products
During the day, Beyonce uses moisturizing products from Carol’s Daughter. Beyonce’s regimen of Aquaphor by Eucerin at night and Carol’s Daughter products during the day will keep Beyonce looking young and supple well into her 50′s and 60′s.
Carol’s Daughter products are all natural, and they can be used on all skin types. Each product is packed full of vital nutrients that your skin needs to replenish itself. Carol’s Daughter has a large variety of products of all of your beauty needs. The beauty line offers products for the hair, face & body. Each product smells delicious and is soothing to the skin.
“There’s a scrub by Carol’s Daughter called Ocean Sea Salt Scrub. It feels like the beach, and it has the most beautiful scent. I’m always rushing, and this scrub is moisturizing, so it cuts out a step for me because I don’t have to completely cover myself with lotion” -Beyonce.
“I love the Jamaican Punch and Mango Mélange sent’s from Carol’s Daughter, they are my favorites” -Beyonce.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid
Dying to know how Beyonce achieves her beautiful flawless complexion? She loves combining her makeup foundation with Georgio Armani Fluid Sheer, which creates a gorgeous glowy after effect on her face.
Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. This unique, translucent formula is available in a range of versatile hues including makeup base shades, correcting shades, and radiance boosting shades. You can blend your favorite fluid sheer with your favorite foundation to add radiance, polish and sculpting definition to your complexion. Or you can use it alone as a makeup base. Beyonce loves using Armani Fluid Sheer, another reason why she always looks amazing.
“I mix Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer with my foundation for an extra glow” -Beyonce.
Anti-aging bio-regenerative treatment
This extraordinarily luxurious anti-aging cream has a double lifting effect. The product is formulated for all skin types and provides spectacular results. Natura Bisse Diamond Cream is the like the fountain of youth in a jar!
“I put on Natura Bisse Moisturizer every morning and every night” -Beyonce.
“I love it because it’s rich but still mild.” -Beyonce.
L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Perfecting Base
Discover the secrete to perfect skin texture. Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base performs instant smoothing results that last all day. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Skin looks and feels smoothed and resurfaced. The results are skin that is beautifully matte and flawless.
“It helps my foundation go on super smoothly.”-Beyonce.
If you’re wondering how Beyonce gets her amazing smoky eye look, she uses a Mally Beauty kit to achieve her infamous stunning eyes that stand out on the red carpet. Mally quotes on their website that the “Mally’s all-in-one eye kit has what you need for eyes that are smooth, real, and sexy never heavy or fake,” and I agree, Beyonce’s eye makeup is always stunning!
“With my make up, I was doing a lot of liquid liner before. Now I’m into a gold smokey eye and natural tone lip” - Beyonce.
What is Beyonce’s secret weapon to taming her fly-aways? Look no further then the wax stick by Kimble Hair Care.
This wax stick conquers unwanted friz and stubborn fly-aways during the humid months when your hair just doesn’t want to stay in place. Refine any look with this stick that results in wispy and lovely locks after applying it to your hair.
“This wax stick by my hairstylist Kim Kimble; I always keep it with me for my flyaways.” -Beyoncé.
FHI Heat Platform Iron
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FHI products are easy to use and they have adjustable temperature control (140°F to 450°F).
These tools offers the widest temperature range that is ideal for all hair types. FHI styling tools also provide damp to dry styling capabilities. Some other features include:
• Anti-Slip Grip Handle and Beveled Plates help control the hair for endless styling possibilities
• Beveled plates allow you to create multiple styles from straight smooth styles to glamorous waves and curls
• Exclusive Proprietary Nano-Fuzeion™ Technology, Gentle Far Infrared Heat, and low EMF (Electromagnetic Field) prevents damage to the hair to produce unmatched conditioning and shine
• Ergonomically designed with a professional 12ft swivel cord that includes a Velcro closure and hang up hook for ease of storage
• 1 Year Warranty
Stylist Kimberly Kimble straightened Beyoncé’s hair using the FHI Heat 1-inch Platform iron.
“I’m crazy about the FHI Heat Flat iron! I can’t live without my flat iron! It takes me about an hour to do my hair and the only time I don’t is when I’m on vacation.” -Beyonce.
Johnson’s baby lotion
With that unmistakable baby fresh scent!
This lotion is the # 1 choice of hospitals. This ultra-gentle lotion softens and nourishes, for baby softness. Johnson’s baby lotion is rich but fast-absorbing, it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, not greasy. It’s hypoallergenic, as well as allergy and dermatologist-tested. Johnson’s baby lotion is clinically proven to be gentle and mild.
“It does the job, and I love the smell.”-Beyonce
Now you know some of Beyonce’s beauty secrets and regimens. I highly suggest visiting your local department store or cosmetics counter to sample and try some of these amazing products yourself, so that can discover your inner Diva!
If you want me to reveal the beauty tips & regimens of your favorite celebrity leave a comment or request.
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Sophia Lenore working with Lauren Hill in Concert (Berlin, Germany) (Setting up my makeup station backstage)
The fabulous Ms. Lauryn Hill is on tour in Europe, I had the honor and privillage of working with Lauryn and her background singers during their stop in Germany. I also had the pleasure of watching her kill it on stage after me and the rest of the hair, makeup and wardrobe team finished making Lauryn and her band beautiful. It was a wonderful night and a very memorable experience.
On Febuary 11th the world lost another pop ledgend. Iconic singer and actress Whitney Houston died at The Beverly Hotel in Los Angeles shortly before the 2012 Grammy awards ceremony. Like Michael Jackson, Whitney left the world in mourning and disbelief. There are some people who say that her untimely passing was inevitable due to her past, however I disagree.
The moment I heard about Whitney Houston’s passing I instantly thought of Michael Jackson. Why did two iconic celebrities both on the verge of a comeback suddenly die depressed, alone and addicted to drugs? Why was the road they both took so similar? Why didn’t anyone see the signs of self destruction? Does society even care? Celebrities, we put them on a pedestal, worship them, use them up, and then toss them to the side when someone new comes on the scene (even if the newbie is not as talented). We love a celebrity when they are hot and relevant, but why can’t we continue to love and support a celebrity when their down and in trouble. Unfortunately I think that there is something else at the root of this epidemic of fallen stars. Here is my observation between two of the biggest stars in the world.
The Parallels between Whitney Houston & Michael Jackson
|American Black pop star||American Black pop star|
|Ruled the 80’2 & 90′s as a female artist||Ruled the 80’2 & 90′s as a male artist|
|Was the biggest female pop singer in the world (early career)||Was the biggest male pop singer in the world (early career)|
|Considered the best female singer of their time||Considered the best male singer of their time|
|Homosexual rumors (just reporting the truth)||Homosexual rumors (just reporting the truth)|
|Involved in countless scandals and negative rumors||Involved in countless scandals and negative rumors|
|Controversial marriage (Bobby Brown)||Controversial marriage (Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Rowe)|
|Very publicized Divorce||Very publicized Divorce|
|Came from a family of musicians||Came from a family of musicians|
|A single parent||A single parent|
|Accused of questionable parenting||Accused of questionable parenting|
|Children with unusual behavior (Bobby Christina)||Children with unusual behavior (Prince, Prince Michael, Paris)|
|History of drug abuse||History of drug abuse|
|Spent lots of time in court||Spent lots of time in court|
|On the verge of a huge comeback right before death||On the verge of a huge comeback right before death|
|Died with meager finances||Died with meager finances|
|Very, Very publicized funeral||Very, Very publicized funeral|
Although other celebrities have suffered the same fate as Michael and Whitney I have chosen to focus on the two biggest and influential celebrities that have ever lived. Just to get some of you to ask yourself s, Why? Leave me your comments.
If you were not aware of the similarities between these two iconic figures……..now you know.