HARPERS BAZAAR: Beauty Secrets


HARPER’S BAZAAR (November 2004)

Get Madonna’s Glow

The superstar’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, shares the best ways to achieve a luminous look

Best BrushesKevyn Aucoin brushes ($12 – $65): They’re incredible and so soft. Sweet CheeksCreamy blushes are easy to use on most skin types. Try Delux Beauty Flush Stick ($30) or Tarte Cheek Stain ($26).
Boost Your RadianceApply Smashbox Highlighter ($24,smashbox.com), a cream highlighter with a light shimmer, starting at the top of your cheekbone, right beneath the inner corner of the eye, and continuing along the bone up to the outer end of your brow. Next, swipe it down the bridge of your nose, then dot it in the indentation right above your Cupid’s bow. Softest SkinShu Uemura Moisture Face Mask ($50 for a box of eight) really hydrates. It’s a thin sheet you place over your face, so it’s easy to use. Epicuren facial moisturizers ($26 – $350, epicuren.com) do wonders for the skin.
Lip Tricks You’ll LoveLancĂ´me Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss ($15.50 each) gives you a playful pout. For color that lasts all day, pat on Shu Uemura Principe Lip Serum ($21), wait 20 minutes and fill in your lips with the liner. The shade won’t budge, and if you apply the cream first, the pencil won’t dry your mouth. GINA’S MUST HAVE PRODUCTI can’t live without Lisa Ashley, The Ultimate Moisturizer ($75; 866.345.LISA, lisaashleybeauty.com). It’s a silicone-based spray-on moisturizer you use alone, or under regular moisturizer if you have very dry skin. The silicone fills in lines, softening their appearance. You can also use it to set makeup. I spray it on Madonna’s face before her concerts, and her makeup stays put for the entire show.
Seductive EyesFirst, curl lashes with a Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($16.50). Then dot LancĂ´me Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner ($20.50) along your upper lashline, in between your lashes. Next, take Shu Uemura Liquid Eye Liner ($32) and draw a line along the upper lashline. Use brown for light-colored eyes, black for darker ones. Finally, sweep on Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect ($23.50) Flawless FinishPowder and concealer are all you need. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($66) covers beautifully, and Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Powder ($96) has no pigment, so it works on every skin tone. On dark skin, I love Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Golden Orange ($30).