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Madonna Sticky and Sweet Tour Makeup Tutorial

Exclusive! Get Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour Makeup Look

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.

Lips: After spending so much time on the eye makeup, you can breathe easy with this. On-stage, Madonna wears Rouge Unlimited BG 949 lipstick, with Gloss Unlimited in BG 930N.


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Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I actually went to go see this concert in NJ last saturday and it seemed like she had an eyelash malfunction during one of her songs, but everything else was great!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always love the eyes that she does and i think that it's impressive how they manage to fix her up so quickly in between breaks on the road.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
She's fantastic!
Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
I agree justanerd1975 I think she looks way too pale up close, but this is stage makeup so it is made to look good at a distance I think.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
actually don't care for her face in these pics- she looks like she has this big, white face and it distracts me from the eyes and lips; i guess i just want to see a more medium toned skin, or some bronzer for hecks sake,lol
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Thanks — and I'm soooo jealous that you're going to see her! I'm kicking myself for not getting tix!
dannysf dannysf 8 years
Fantastic interview Bella. Can't wait to see these looks up close in a couple of weeks!
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