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Beyoncé: Perfume boosts confidence

Beyoncé Knowles insists fragrance is an "everyday essential" for women.

The singer has many different fragrances, but her first called Heat is the best-selling celebrity scent ever. She is proud of that, not least because she views the beauty product as one of the most important.

"To me, perfume is an everyday essential. I consider perfume a fashion accessory and accessories are designed to make you feel special and boost your confidence," she told Very magazine.

"Fragrances can smell different on each person's skin, so I love the idea that each woman is able to make my fragrance her own."

Heat includes notes of almond macaroon, honeysuckle nectar and crème de musk. In real life, the scents Beyoncé hankers after are a little different.

"I love the smell of the streets in Italy, they all smell like gelato," she giggled. "I love the smell of the ocean, too, although my all-time favourite smell is my mother's cooking."

The 32-year-old star also spoke about the rest of her beauty regime. She always stuns when she is on stage but doesn't actually plaster cosmetics on her face, insisting she knows a natural look is more becoming for her.

"My look is actually pretty simple. I usually just wear some pink gloss and maybe some black eyeliner and mascara. I love to do my own make-up. I know my face [best], because I've sat in that make-up chair for 15 years - half my life," she insisted.

"But the real secret is water. Drink lots of it and always take your make-up off at night - my mom taught me that."

Diet is also important to the star, who put on 57lbs. when she was pregnant with her now 21-month-old daughter Blue Ivy.

She eats well and realises that she can't look her best if she doesn't watch her calorie intake.

"I always have breakfast, say scrambled eggs, a vegetable smoothie, or wholemeal cereal with low-fat milk. For lunch and dinner I eat a lot of fish and vegetables, but I always treat myself to one meal on Sundays when I can have whatever I want. Usually it's pizza, which is my favourite indulgence," she explained.

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