Despite whatever anyone may say about Beyonce — you can never say that she’s boring, or anything less than fabulous. From the moment I caught a glimpse of her video for Countdown, I automatically liked it — not just for the myriad references to 60’s fashion and style but also for the MAKEUP.


There are some killer makeup moments in this video, bellas!

Beyonce Countdown Makeup

I especially fell in LOVE with the yellow cat’s eye you see in this photo right here. During Bey’s video she transitions throughout several colors of the same look, but it returns to yellow – such a strong power color that comes to life on brown skin!

Over on Centric TV’s blog they break down the look, product by product. Here on Afrobella, I turned to one of my favorite makeup artists, the incomparable Tia Dantzler, to get guidance on how to achieve the yellow cat eye look!

Take it away, Tia!

The makeup in this video put me in the mind of Twiggy who was known as the Queen of mod in the 60’s. I love a well defined eye because it draws all of your attention straight up to the eyes. Here’s a breakdown of Beyonce’s Countdown cat eye video look:

Start off by defining your brows to bring shape and to define your eyes.

Next, use a base coat over your entire eye to ensure your eye makeup pops and has staying power.

Using a flat short haired brush dip your brush in your shadow and pack the color on your lids.

Take a long haired brush and blend a neutral color into the crease to avoid harsh lines.

Using an angle brush and a black gel liner create a well shaped extended cat eye from inner to outer. Use the same technique on the lower lash line with an exaggerated cat eye. There should be space between the upper and lower wing.

Take a light colored eyeliner right on the water line to really open up the eyes.

Next, take your angle brush and gel liner and draw a line right above the crease starting with the wing working your way into the inner crease.

Take a softer grey then blend that line to give off a smoky but well defined eye.

Finish off with two coats of mascara to define and curl your lashes.

This is a super fun look for the perfect night on the town…enjoy!

Thank you for the breakdown on Countdown, Tia!

Bellas, you can click here to follow Tia on Twitter, click here to follow her on Facebook, and click here to buy tickets to her first ever seminar The Beauty Elixir – I’ll be there too, speaking about social media and blogging for beauty professionals!

Images via Stereogum and Loren’s World.


Carmen Cardoza says:
October 11, 2011, 1:56 pm
This seems doable. I will have to try it. My eye makeup usually consists of mascara and eyeliner (with very subtle effects) but I might just give this a go for the heck of it.
Judy says:
October 11, 2011, 3:55 pm
First, I LOVE your blog. Second, in the first pic, in the yellow outfit, Beyonce looks a lot like Faith Evans!
crystal g. says:
October 11, 2011, 7:00 pm
Beyonce is bad- I love how she always brings it!
Clarice says:
October 12, 2011, 12:20 pm
Awesome. I love Bey eyes. They are always poppin. I will be trying this out this weekend or tonight. Who knows I love to play up my eyes because I think the shape is great. I will be posting a pic once I do this. It is also just gave me a great idea for my daughter's rock costume for halloween.
Reena says:
October 14, 2011, 12:39 am
I love this makeup look! :) Thanks for the post!
Kaitlyn says:
October 19, 2011, 11:11 am
This music video is just another reason why Beyonce is amazing! She looks beautiful in the video, as usual. And, I love this cat eye look, it looks so easy to replicate!
Micheal says:
October 23, 2011, 8:40 pm
I LOVE her dark hair in the video. You can see her resemblence to her little sister Solange.