updated 05/06/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/06/2012 AT 6:30 PM ET
Beyoncé remembers first trying makeup when she was 6 years old.
“I was playing in my mother’s makeup,” she tells PEOPLE. “I had blue eye shadow and red lips, and I put crazy blush on. I looked like a clown, but I thought I was so beautiful.”
Her routine has come a long way since then – the singer often does her own makeup for appearances – but her love for the basics remains.
Asked what she wears to look awake after sleepless nights spent with baby Blue, she replies, “Lip gloss – I love L’Oréal’s Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Coral Sands – and a little bit of blush.”