4 Exclusive Tips From Madonna's Makeup Artist

This Saturday, Gina Brooke, who's the artistic director of Shu Uemura and a celebrity makeup artist, will be at Barneys New York-and then she heads off on tour with Madonna. At the store, Brooke will be giving one-on-one consultations to those who sign up in advance. Or, in her own words, "I'll be doing the same thing I do with celebrities for everyday women." (That means customized makeup palettes and skin type and skin tone evaluations.) We spoke to Brooke about how she keeps Madonna's skin in shape on and off tour. Her secrets:

1) Before every single makeup application, Brooke puts an iced Shu Uemura Depsea Moisture Replenishing mask on Madonna's face for fifteen minutes. "It hydrates, calms, and de-puffs, prepping the skin beautifully."

2) For everyday makeup, Brooke doesn't use foundation. Instead, she prefers a medium to full coverage concealer stick called Nobara, to be launched by Shu Uemura this fall, mixed with their Phyto Black Lift moisturizer. "The Nobara stick is so creamy, you can spread it all over the face and it looks clean and soft."

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3) Rather than mascara, Brooke applies false eyelashes that she helped design for Shu. "I've been switching between the Farfallina and Lavender Bloom lashes-Lavender Bloom for day, because they have a subtle touch of aubergine at the base of the lashes, which enhance Madonna's blue eyes. For night, Farfallina, with their alternating brown and black lashes."

4) No surprise: no bronzer for Madonna! Brooke uses highlighter to bring out the singer's bone structure. "It creates a softer and more neutral look. Between the mask and the highlighter, you can create the illusion that you've been sleeping for days when you haven't slept at all."

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-- Daisy Shaw, Editorial Assistant

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