On September 30, 2016 singer, Solange Knowles released her widely anticipated album A Seat at the Table and we’ve listened to it every day on repeat. In this masterpiece, Knowles shows us that our past experiences do not dictate our future, but rather influence them.
Songs such as Cranes in the Sky reveal a vulnerable side to Solange, as she provides us with a glimpse into her “metal clouds” a term she uses to describe depression. Last week Solange stated on Instagram that this song was written eight years ago, after the singer and producer Raphael Saadiq gave her the background instrumentals. In one of the verses she sings:
I tried to drink it to away
I tried to dance it away
I tried to change it with my hair
But it’s like cranes in the sky
Sometimes I don’t want to feel those metal clouds…
Solange reminds us of the pain and silent suffering one goes through during the various stages of depression. Like the front cover of her album, she encourages us to take a deeper look at ourselves and nakedly examine our past.
A Seat at the Table is an autobiographical soundtrack taking us through Solange’s past and present experiences, and the plethora of social injustices that African-Americans have and continue to face. This album contains several spoken word interludes from Tina and Mathew Knowles and the rapper Master P. These interludes provide us with some insight into their lives growing up in the south, and the racism both they and African-Americans have endured. In the final interlude The Chosen Ones, Master P states that he feels complete knowing that there is a higher power and being that has paved the way for us. Master P’s lyrics tell us that there is a spiritual force and ancestral presence that has paved the way for us to achieve our goals, persevere, and continue to fight the social injustices of this broken system.
Get Solange’s Look
Solange’s album cover (image at the very top of this article) reflects the lyrics to her song Don’t Touch My Hair. “They don’t understand what it means to me,” Solange sings. The lyrics to this song show us that people do not understand the history and feelings that her hair, and hair in general holds for people of color. In an interview with journalist Judith Maynard, Knowles states “the song is as much as what it feels like to have your whole identity challenged on a daily basis.” Solange’s album portrait serves as mirror to remind us to always be our authentic selves, even when others would like us to conform. Get all the beauty breakdown details to Solange’s album cover below, so you too can have A Seat the Table.
Solange’s wavy locks are adorned with duckbill clips creating an effortlessly chic hairstyle. To achieve this look spray hair with water and braid into twists. After the hair is completely dry take twists out, and place Goody Duckbill Clips onto each 1 ½ inch sections of hair.
The key to achieving Solange’s “makeup, no makeup look” is to blend everything into the skin with a Beauty Blender. Since the Beauty Blender is used slightly wet, it will leave an airbrush finish to the skin. First prep your skin with Embryolisse Lait Moisturizer. This moisturizer is great for dry skin, and it can serve as both a primer and makeup remover. After applying the moisturizer, take a Kleenex tissue and remove any excess product. Next apply Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in the shade Golden Natural to the under eye area. Then place Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation in the shade Hazelnut to contour your face. Lastly, apply Mally Poreless Face Defender to set the foundation.
Solange’s eyelids have a glossy balm strategically places on her lids. Achieve this natural glow with Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream.
Solange’s brows are arched and defined to perfection. Groom your brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer eyebrow pencil in the shade Medium Brown, and set your brows in place with Milani Cosmetics Brow Shaping Gel.
Although Solange’s lips appear to be bare, she is wearing a lip balm and highlighter on her cupid’s bow. To achieve this natural look use Makeup Forever Pro Light Infusion Highlighter in the shade 1Golden Pink and a lip balm such as Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream to hydrate the lips.
Makeup artists place body makeup on exposed areas of the skin to ensure that the makeup application looks flawless. Solange’s effortless look features both highlighter and foundation on her neck, chest, arms, and collarbone to seamlessly complete her look. Customize your body makeup by mixing a pea sized amount of foundation and highlighter together to achieve Solange’s goddess glow. Apply Cover FX’s Custom Enhancing Drops in the shade Celestial mixed with Makeup Forever Water Blend foundation in the shade Y415 to create a natural illuminating finish to the skin.
Now you are ready to have a seat at the table. Let us know who’s look you’d like to see us break down next!