2016 is approaching fast which means dreaded “I haven’t seen you since….last year!” jokes and watching friends and family fail at keeping their resolutions. This year, impress your peers by keeping your New Year’s promise for all 365. Make a resolution to be the best you possible, make a resolution to be more Beyoncé. Channel the pop icon’s unfaltering confidence, impeccable style, and stratospheric success into your everyday life. It’s your destiny, child.
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
She’s called Queen Bey for a reason–she captivates the crowd. Performing for stadiums of fans cannot be easy on the nerves for anyone, but there are ways to give off the impression that you’re just that cool, calm, and collected (even if you don’t necessarily feel that way).
First, remind yourself that you are spectacular. There’s no need for alter-egos. No matter how fierce they are. You determine your worth, not anyone else.
Remember that body language communicates more to others than you would think. Eye contact and proper posture say tons about who you are. It can spell out if you’re a go-getter or someone who’s going to let others get ahead of them.
As mortifying as it sounds, try to maintain eye contact long enough to tell what color eyes the person you’re speaking to has. Looking away or diverting attention to your phone not only gives off the impression that you lack composure (very un-Beyoncé), but that you’re totally rude (also very un-Beyoncé).
Another trick to looking and feeling like you run the world à la Bey is to power pose. Head straight, feet planted, hands on hips, and shoulders back. Studies have shown that two minutes of power posing can raise testosterone and risk tolerance. You’re more likely to push yourself out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there for the world to see.
“If you’ve been doing all you can and it’s not happening for you, go out and have you a good old time. Put on your sexy dress and move on.”
Beyoncé’s style spans the spectrum. She can go from bohemian cool to high fashion glam in a heartbeat. There is nothing basic about her wardrobe, so take risks and change up your style from time to time.
No, B does not use the fountain of youth to get her porcelain smile, lustrous locks, and blooming skin. But here are the products she swears by.
If you ever wondered how red carpet regulars sport gravity defying hairstyles that don’t look stiff, the answer à la B is L’Oreal Elnett Paris Hairspray. It racks in at just under $15, and promises a strong hold with a soft, shiny finish.
Beyoncé has voiced her love of Carol’s Daughter’s Ocean Sea Salt Scrub, but that product is unfortunately sold out. Their Ocean Moisturizing Body Butter Cream is a great alternative to the scrub. Containing skin healing ingredients like coconut oil and green algae, getting a subtle glow like Beyoncé is well within reach.
She also swears by Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It can easily be found in the aisles of Sephora, Urban Outfitters, and Ulta for around $6. Rosebud Salve contains essential oils that soothes and hydrates skin to give you a supple appearance to rival the Queen herself.
Mac Fix + is dermatologist, ophthalmologist, and Beyoncé approved. This finishing spray can be used alone or on makeup to give you back your healthy glow. Beyoncé told Allure Magazine that she won’t wear powder without it. The blend of water, green tea, cucumber, and vitamins gives just the right amount of shine to make you look like you woke up like that.
“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
She’s a business woman, a philanthropist, and a role model for young people around the globe. Achieving the level of success that Beyoncé has is not an easy thing to do, but I BEY-lieve in you.
Set a lofty goal, then take small steps towards it. Before she won 17 Grammy awards and performed at Obama’s presidential inauguration, Beyoncé was a young woman in Houston, Texas dreaming of being onstage.
She didn’t go from girl with a dream to international superstar overnight. Destiny’s Child was a jumping off point for her. Working with your peers can help all of you get to where you want to be–collaborate, contribute, and create connections between people in your industry.
A common theme throughout Beyonce’s songs is empowerment–Diva, Flawless, Pretty Hurts, the list goes on. The takeaway from all of them is that the world is your oyster, you just have to be willing to do what it takes to become the person you want to be professionally, personally, and socially.
Now, go run this mother (yeah).