On Thursday, August 30th, 2012 I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Madonna’s longtime makeup artist Gina Brooke where she unveiled her collaboration with MAKE UP FOR EVER to create the much anticipated Aqua Rouge #8!
With only a minute and a half for touch-ups between songs it had been her biggest challenge finding products that were reliable and long-lasting. Brooke stresses that during stage time there are no room for mistakes, making this task an especially important one. So naturally, when she discovered the longevity of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s New Aqua Rouge collection she decided to come up with the perfect shade of red for Material Girl’s MDNA tour. Not only that, she embarked to create a shade that was universal, with a combination of varying pigments that compliment any skin tone. “I wanted to come up with a perfect, pure red lip color that would exude confidence and beauty. To me the shade looks iconic, which is the perfect word to define Madonna and her career,” says Brooke.
This ideal shade will look exactly as it appears on the tube–it’s what you see is what you get, regardless of skin tone. It’s a true, classic red that brightens the entire face in the form of a high-impact liquid lip color. And BEST of all the Aqua Rouge #8 is smudge-proof, kiss-proof, dance-proof, teeth-proof, food-proof–everything-proof!!! It’s a lip stain that literally won’t come off until you rub it off with oil on a cotton pad. Brooke remarks, “first time Madonna tried it she stated it looks great but OMG how do I take it off?!”
I gave it a try and found that it’s definitely worth all the hype. I think its perfect because its instant glam without having to wear any other makeup. I would usually end up spending way too much time on eyes and contouring when really this could be all you need to feel great leaving your house. It also takes only 15 seconds for me to apply. Brooke also mentioned it was an inspiration for her to create a lip product like the Aqua Rouge #8 after the birth of her baby, since she always has to look her best as a makeup artist but with less time to do it! And that she did
Aqua Rouge #8 is available as of Sept 2012 at Sephora stores and the MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques for $27.00
Additional Makeup Tips from Gina Brooke:
Before we left our breakfast on Thursday Gina Brooke had shared with us a few of her industry makeup tips as a PRO-Artist:
- ALWAYS prep the face with moisturizer and primer to create a smooth canvas–this is paramount because you don’t want your makeup to appear caked on or have any visible lines. You should also take the time to search for quality products you can work with, it really does make a difference (Brooke loves using a brand called Intraceuticals).
- Next, she suggests Hyperbaric Oxygen skin treatments for a clean canvas. Madonna does this ALL the time and swears by it. It’s basically a facial that uses pressurized oxygen to steam the face, instantly hydrating the skin make it appear smoother and plumper for days. This is especially great for artists since it will get rid of fine lines that are otherwise more visible on HD TV, revealing a more flawless look. Also, this creates a dream canvas for the perfect makeup application since your skin will be so smooth and even. Moreover, it makes you look younger since it has the instant effect of plumping up your face. Even though its benefits only last a few days, it sounds like an amazing beauty secret for a special event or night out. I’m willing to try it!!