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Beyoncé Does Her Own Makeup -- and Cuts Her Own Hair

05/07/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

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Beyoncé remembers first trying makeup when she was 6 years old. “I was playing in my mother’s makeup,” she recalls to PEOPLE. “I had blue eye shadow and red lips, and I put crazy blush on. I looked like a clown, but I thought I was so beautiful.”

Her routine has come a long way since then — the singer often does her own makeup for appearances — but her love for the basics remains. When asked what she wears to look awake after sleepless nights spent with baby Blue, she replies, “Lip gloss — I love L’Oréal’s Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Coral Sands — and a little bit of blush.”

Growing up around her mom Tina Knowles’s salon, Beyoncé learned a lot about beauty. “I like to experiment [with my hair],” she shares. “I love playing around with highlights or bleaching the tips. I can cut and style my own hair.” In fact, she recently gave herself a trim, cutting two inches off her ends. “I just parted it in the middle and chh-chh-chh,” she reveals.

But it’s inner beauty that she values most — and she hopes to teach her daughter to do the same. “My biggest thing is to teach [Blue] not to focus on the aesthetic,” she says. “It’s really about who you are, and the human being, that makes you beautiful.”

However, being a serious superstar means having to focus on the physical sometimes. When asked if she’s comfortable leaving the house without makeup, Beyoncé says, “Every day in my life is a part of my history, and I’ve worked really hard on my career and my life. So I make sure I wouldn’t be upset if somebody saw me.”

That means her standard lip gloss and blush, plus moisturizer — “I don’t have to spend that much time on my skin,” she admits — and sometimes, mascara. “I’m pretty good at throwing out the expired stuff, but I hold on to my mascara for a long time,” she says. “I actually prefer old mascara. It makes your lashes thicker and longer.”

But regardless of who’s seeing her and where, the star is feeling better than ever. “I have embraced my flaws,” she says. “And I feel more confident.”

–Reporting by Alexis Chiu

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bellesunny on

Super, and I had tuna on toast for lunch.

christa on

Somehow, I don’t believe her on that.

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2cute2h8 on

WOW REALLY STARS ARE JUST LIKE US!!!!

OMG I too do my own makeup, and cut my own hair!!! I also relax it, color it, and style it.
I often trim, n color my own nails.
everyday I wipe my own butt, n cook my own food.

geez Beyonce, you’ve made us all feel so special :)

celebrities are so overrated!!!! is this really news…smh

Aries on

CAN WE SEE YOUR REAL HAIR PLEASE? JUST ONCE? I was going with the story until the L’oreal plug then it became an advertisement.

Celebs are full of themselves but SOMEONE out there actually scours the internet searching for celeb stories so it was created for somebody.

Tracey on

LOVING that everyone is irritated by the flippancy of this article.

David Boothby on

Kim Kimble Beyonce’s hair stylist for many years must be very surprised to hear that Beyonce does her own hair. She has spent hours and hours everyday for years getting Beyonce’s hair and extensions just right. PEOPLE did you check your facts at all before writing your article ???

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