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Madonna's "4 Minutes" Video Makeup

How-To: Madonna's "4 Minutes" Makeup Look

Madonna's skin looks insanely smooth for someone her age in her new "4 Minutes" music video. We've all heard gossip about her supposed plastic surgery, but I think it's pretty obvious that she's gotten some type of lifting and toning treatments at the very least. Her face is extraordinarily smooth with minimal lines around her eyes and lips. Of course, this definitely has something to do with a talented makeup artist, custom lighting, and yes, computerized touch-ups.

To find out more about how to create this makeup look on your own,


  • CHEEKS: Cheeks should have only a smidgen of bronzer to the areas of your face that are naturally kissed by the sun. Use a gentle hand and then apply a peachy-pink blush such as The Balm Hot Mama to the apples of your cheeks, following the natural contour of your cheekbones. For a radiant glow, add a liquid luminizer to your forehead, tip of your nose, and the top of cheekbones steering clear of the tiny wrinkles just under your eyes.
  • EYES: Sweep your favorite champagne eye shadow all over the lid and with a windshield-wiping motion, apply a copper color (such as Korres 22S Orange) in the crease. Line your upper and lower lashes (heavier on the top) with a golden black liner such as Nars Night Clubbing and then apply two coats of mascara. Line the inside of your eyes with a white liner. If you feel your lashes look a little wimpy, feel free to add a few lash pieces to the outer corners of your eyes for added fullness. (Trim them so that they blend in better.)
  • LIPS: Apply a pale semifrosted pink lipstick such as Heidi Klum's Very Sexy Perfect Lipstick in Heidi and then sweep a golden-pink lip gloss like Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect Lip Gloss in Jersey Pink on top. Rock on Madonna fans.


Join The Conversation
sweettea sweettea 9 years
Madonna looks terrible in pap pics and most of the red carpet stuff that is out there. I am not sure WHAT happened to her but she does not look as good as that photo posted of her in her video.
annietym annietym 9 years
She looks like a drag queen! Seriously.
penny1614 penny1614 9 years
She looks amazing, but she's definitely had A LOT of work done.
I love her lip color. Definitely trying that.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
She looks amazing!!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
This is fab! I love your how tos!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
it's called a smoothing filter. Relatively inexpensive and now most good cameras come with them. A DIY version would be to wrap pantyhose on your camera lens.
mello mello 9 years
She looks good for any age, but not really like that IRL. It's definitely the best lighting and special effects that are making her look 20 years old.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Wow,she is 49 I believe because I will be 49 in Aug. And we were born in 1959. I do think she's had something done the last year or so, she looks better now then she did in the 1980's! I use alpha hydroxy lotion every night since I turned 40 and I have no wrinkles yet. And I also think it is the time we are living in and the over the counter products that are available. I like L'oreal and Olay products. They work and are affordable.
raieven raieven 9 years
Thanks-I'm fair-medium skinned so that pink would NOT have looked cute! I'll def try out the candy store one instead.
any any 9 years
i think she kinda looks like brit
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i love, adore, Madonna but... is just to pale, not glowing skin..
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Oh PLEASE! Microdermabrasion - but she didnt go overboard. Sorry people, she has DEFINITELY had work.
Alexisis Alexisis 9 years
haha I'm with you BeamerCG... whatever regimen she follows is way beyond this college girl's budget
BeamerCG BeamerCG 9 years
Forget the makeup. What type of skin regimen does she follow? (It probably costs more than I'm worth.)
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
I have seen her recently in pics without all this retouching and she does look her age.. Which is 50 I think... She's not an average 50 because of her skincare and surgery options, but still she's not looking 25.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
Who would want her secrets to beauty. She is fugly.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
She looks great, but I feel like she is a little obsessed with her beauty and health. Didn't she recently say something about working out 3 hours a day so she wouldn't get fat? I think it's just really unrealistic for me to ever think that I'm going to look like that when I'm 50, or even like, tomorrow.
omlove omlove 9 years
she really takes care of herself ...theres no doubt about that ....dont know abt the plastic surgery ...the pic could be airbrushed
CandyPerfumeGirl CandyPerfumeGirl 9 years
love her makeup thanks for the tips!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never been one to really mimic her...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Meealaregina, I would keep the eye shadows the same — and definitely check out that Korres shadow the next time you're in Sephora. I was very impressed by the texture and color. For the lips, I think a pink that light will probably not fit as well; look for something with more pigment, such as this Cover Girl lipstick or Benefit's Candy Store.
meenalaregina meenalaregina 9 years
It looks like Madonna had work done for the purposes of this video but does it matter, she looks lovely :) Bellasugar, would happen to have suggestions on how to create this etheral modern look for medium to dark-skinned women?
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
I don't doubt that she had work done but they probably used a special filter over the camera lens to make her look more glowy/air brushed.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
It's all touched up in the video. They probably made her even look less manly than she is.
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