Beyoncé Hold Up
photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

My life was changed when Beyoncé dropped "Lemonade." Not only were the visuals iconic, watching her run around in an epic yellow dress while wrecking shit made this my modern day "Waiting to Exhale." Needless to say, I had to recreate the look — here's how I did it.

First, get into the video.

For the makeup look, I started by taking my skin to new levels of #flawless.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I used L'Oreal True Match Foundation ($10, Ulta), my go-to for natural looking slays, and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer ($28, Ulta) under the eyes and down the bridge of my nose for a little pick me up.

Next, I went for an invisible contour.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I used BECCA's Lowlight Sculpting Perfector ($38, Sephora) with my favorite contouring brush in the history of ever — the Real Techniques Contour Brush ($18, Ulta) — to create dimension on my face. The color of the sculpting cream has the perfect cool undertone that natural shadows have, and it's a dream to blend, which makes it perfect for low key sculpting.

Then I locked all of the hard work into place.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I used every beauty guru's holy grail — Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder — to set all of my makeup, then gave my contour extra dimension with MAC's blush in Taupe ($17, MAC Cosmetics).

Now it was time to focus on the eyes.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

For super defined brows, I grabbed Benefit's ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush ($24, Ulta) and filled them in. To make things extra perfect, I cleaned the shape up with some concealer.

I got a smoky base going.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I add richness to every smoky eye with eye kohl — it's my secret weapon. For this look, I went with Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx ($18, Stila Cosmetics), which is insanely pigmented and easy to smoke out with a pencil brush. 

And layered a cocktail of berry eye shadows on top.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I mixed the Morphe Brushes E59 and ES71 eye shadows ($2, Morphe Brushes) to get a color in the ball park of what Beyoncé was wearing in the video.

I followed that up by pumping up the smoke factor with liner...

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I used a black eye shadow — Fashionista from Tarte's Tartelette Palette ($45, Ulta) — to create a diffused and sexy look around the eyes and tightlined with the Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #77 ($15, Inglot).

And mascara for days.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

Why put on falsies when you can pile on Tarte Tarteist™ Lash Paint Mascara ($23, Ulta) on your top and bottom lashes?

Nude lips sealed the deal.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I went for another custom blend, starting with MAC's Lipstick in Whirl ($17, MAC Cosmetics) with MAC's Lipstick in Half 'N Half ($17, MAC Cosmetics).

Then it was time to make hair magic.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I created a center part and used a crimper ($21, Amazon) to get Beyonce's curly look fast! Ain't nobody got time to sit there with a microscopic curling iron. If you want to ditch the heat and have more time on your hands, you can create tons of braids in advance and let them out when you're ready to hit the block. Give it a tease and seal down the part with hairspray — I used a can of Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray I had around ($25, Sephora) — when you're done.

Then came getting dressed up, which was the best part!

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I was seriously psyched when I found the perfect fluttery yellow dress ($73, Asos). It shows off A LOT of cleavage, which is perfect for this look since Bey also had a plunging neckline that let her flaunt a black lacy bra.

When it came to the gold accessories, more was more.

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I hit my personal stash and searched for hoops, bangles, a necklace, ring, and hand chain to look like the truest Queen B.

And I couldn't leave without Hot Sauce!

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

I picked up a plain wooden bat ($20, Amazon), wrapped the base in electrical tape, and wrote "hot sauce" on the opposite end.

I was officially ready to wreak some havoc of my own!

photo: Brittany Fowler, Revelist

All the men around me better watch out! Just kidding! Haha. Or am I?