January 02, 2007 10:00 AM

Who knew there was such a thing as too beautiful? For her early scenes as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, Beyonce Knowles, actually had to tone down her natural beauty. “Even though she just had a little mascara and lip gloss, she was just piercing through the screen,” says Francesca Tolot, Knowles’ makeup artist on the film. “So we had to take the mascara and lip gloss away and draw in some thick eyebrows to give her that young, ungroomed look.” Luckily for makeup addicts, Deena soon drops the natural look in favor of Dreamgirls fabulousness: Fake MAC eyelashes, lots of L’Oreal mascara and lipgloss, and straight up glitter in lieu of eyeshadow. “Diana Ross, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Twiggy” were all inspirations, according to Tolot. Tell us: Are you looking forward to seeing Dreamgirls? Have you seen it yet?

Photo: David James/dreamworks

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