Beauty, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsessions: Gina Brooke

As the Artistic Director of shu uemura, makeup artist Gina Brooke is well-known for her exceptional work. Her beauty philosophy is in line with Mr. Uemura’s: “Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin.” She’s worked with some of the most amazing photographers, supermodels, directors, and designers such as Annie Leibovitz, Alex Wek, Gilles Bensimon, Katie Holmes, Monique Lhullier, Max Azria, Naomi Campell – just to name a few. But perhaps you may know her as the makeup artist that reinvented Madonna’s look in 2002. In addition to collaborating with Madonna for music videos, concerts, etc., Gina also created an amazing $10,000 pair of diamond and mink-encrusted lashes for Madonna, which was absolutely revolutionary at the time. Consumers became so enthralled with the lashes that shu uemura ended up re-creating them to sell! We’re so excited that Gina was willing to share her latest obsessions with us…so check them out!

ONE. Mariage Frères Candles — These candles smell amazing! I love the warm, spicy scent of Thé Rouge in the winter, and the fresh and clean scent of Sorbet de Thé is perfect for the spring.

TWO. shu uemura Rouge Unlimited in Dewy Beige (limited edition for spring) — This nude color adds an natural glow to your lips and is the perfect look for spring.

THREE. Sam Haskins Photography Books — I love the whole concept of his photography – the hair, the makeup, the lighting. It’s very 1960s. The black eyeliner on his models…that’s very Gina Brooke! I think his works represents me in another life.

FOUR. shu uemura Smoky Layers False Lashes — The gorgeous lashes give your eye an instant lift and give you a more polished look.

FIVE. Sprinkles Cupcakes — These cupcakes are delicious. The cake is soft and fresh, and the frosting is sweet and creamy. I’m in heaven.

Thanks so much for telling us about your obsessions, Gina! For more information about Gina Brooke, visit


  1. Jennifer  |  20 March 2008 at 1:11 PM

    I love your Insider Obsessions postings! It’s great to hear what products these fashion and/or beauty insiders are obsessed about.

  2. marina  |  20 March 2008 at 8:19 PM

    more things to crave!

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