Ever wondered about how the world’s biggest superstars prep for the red carpet? Well, we chatted to Madonna’s makeup artist of 12 years (yes, 12!) and beauty expert, Gina Brooke, about how the 57-year-old performer keeps her skin glowing, as well as her top tips and tricks, and the products she simply can’t live without…
What are your favourite makeup products and why?
Shu Uemura eyelash curler – to elongate lashes and create the appearance of a wider eye.
RCMA concealer (Shinto palette) – to conceal any imperfections in the skin, contour bone structure and create the illusion of flawless skin.
What is your top skin care product?
I consider the Intraceuticals Hydration Gel like a tall glass of water for your skin. It contains a medium-weight of hyaluronic acid which provides a reservoir of anti-ageing nutrients to the skin.
What’s your number one skin care tip for someone who wears makeup every day?
Beautiful makeup must always begin with hydrated skin.
Do you have any anti-ageing skin care advice?
It’s never too early to care for and protect your skin. I recommend young women and men to care for their skin, not only to create a beautiful complexion, but as a preventative. Always use sunblock!
What products do you use to help Madonna’s makeup stay put through a show?
Prepping the skin and using a primer are key to long-lasting makeup. I recommend using Perfect Base Corrector by Kiko Cosmetics – it evens out and mattifies the skin and ensures long-lasting makeup.
Have you made any drastic changes over the last 12 years to Madonna’s makeup look?
Do you like to follow trends?
I never follow trends. I never quite understood why anyone would want to look like everyone else. I believe makeup is a tool to express one’s individuality. Madonna and I have collaborated on many different looks over the years and, yes, some were more drastic changes than others.
What is your go-to look for Madonna for the following events:
For a concert? Strong eyes and lots of lashes
For a press event? Luminous skin, defined bone structure
For an awards show? Flawless skin, a bold lip or eye