HollywoodLife.com sat down with The Material Girl’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, in New York City to chat about all things Madonna–including the secret to getting her perfect red lips! Here are the EXCLUSIVE details!
Gina Brook knows a thing or two about makeup — she’s been touching up Madonna for the past 10 years–traveling with her for four of her tours, including her current MDNA world tour. Gina told HollywoodLife.com, “This has been my most challenging tour yet!” Thanks to the grueling dance numbers and humid climate, Gina had a difficult time finding just the right shades and formulas that she could rely on to stay put and look fabulous under harsh lighting and in front of a world stage.
“There is no time for mistakes on tour,” says Gina. She tested, and had Madonna try out, different products during the four weeks of rehearsals leading up to the tour. A perfect red pout was essential to Madonna’s look, says Gina. “It wasn’t easy to find a red lip that would stay on when people were pulling off her clothes.”
Instead of searching the world for the perfect product, Gina partnered with Make Up Forever, a brand that Madonna already loved, to create a red specifically for Madonna. Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge #8 was born. “It’s a perfect, pure red that works on every skin tone,” says Gina. The formula delivers high-impact pigment by way of a paint-on stain on one side and a gloss on the other. It’s smudge-proof, sweat-proof and, most importantly, dance-proof.
Gina says, when it comes to her off-stage makeup, “Madonna is a creature of habit.” Her favorite look is creamy skin and a cat eye, which Gina creates with Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow #OE in Black. She’s also extremely detail oriented: “She questions every single product used on her face and wants to know the story behind each one,” says Gina. It’s obvious Gina’s own attention to detail pays off. Madonna’s makeup is always, in a word, flawless!
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