Love her or hate her — and if you're like me, it's "love her" all the way — Madonna remains at the top of her game. And after dozens of distinctive looks throughout the years, she continues to set trends on her Sticky and Sweet tour. The North American leg kicks off this weekend, so as a little preview of what's to come, I've scored the makeup details from her longtime makeup artist, Shu Uemura Artistic Director Gina Brooke.
Before each show starts, Madonna spends about 45 minutes in hair and makeup. Of course, she gets touched up in between the show's four segments. "We actually have less than one and a half minutes to not only dress Madonna into the next costume, but touch up her makeup and hair simultaneously," Brooke says. "It's such an adrenaline rush!"
For a thorough explanation of how to re-create M's look at home,
Face: As Brooke has said before, preparing the skin is key. She starts with Depsea Moisture Replenishing Eye Mask to hydrate skin and reduce any puffiness. Next, she moisturizes skin with Phyto Black Lift Firming Anti-Wrinkle Cream before applying Face Architect Remodeling Cream foundation. Here’s one of her tricks: Apply the foundation from the arch of your brow down to the middle of the eye, going directly to the middle of the cheekbone. The foundation reflects light, which will brighten the entire eye area.
Eye shadow: “This look has a heavy focus on the eyes,” Brooke says. Begin by applying eye shadow in M Beige 800 above the eyelids. Then, apply eye shadow in ME Black 990 to the outer corners of the eye and the crease; be sure to blend. Next, use a concealer (such as Cover Crayon in 9YR LIGHT) in the inner corner and water line of the eyes to make them appear larger.
Eyeliner: Brooke uses liquid eyeliner at the top and bottom of Madonna’s eyes as well as on the lid. She draws small lines (“Almost like scratches,” she says) to create an optical illusion when blended into the black eye shadow. “Applying liquid liner takes a steady hand, and just like anything else, practice makes perfect,” she explains. “For first-time liquid liner users, I suggest applying the liner beginning at the inner corners of the eye (as close to the lash line as possible) extending the line out to the outer corners of the eye, turning the liner up.”
Eyelashes: Brooke curls lashes with — what else? —Shu Uemura’s famous eyelash curler before applying mascara. After that, she uses two pairs of false eyelashes s217. Cut one set of lashes in the middle section, then glue the base of those trimmed lashes on top of the other set. Affix the lashes as close to your own lash line as possible, and cover the base with liquid liner.