I am pleased to present you with my exclusive interview with celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Gomez*, who currently works with international superstars Beyonce, Solange, and many others.
You'll get the inside scoop on some of the actual products Gomez uses on Beyonce and Solange for their on stage perfomances and red carpet appearances, as well as what special cosmetic and beauty items are actually in Gomez's own cosmetic bag...enjoy! - RLB
RLB: What is the most challenging technical/creative aspect of doing Beyonce’s makeup for her shows?
JG:Beyonce is a very busy gal to say the least. Her pre‐show routine consists of several meetings, a yoga stretch, and other last minute preparations. After all said and done, it only leaves me about 15 to 20 minutes to do her stage makeup. With that said, it is definitely a challenge to achieve a perfect look in such a short amount of time!
RLB: How do you adjust/touch up Beyonce’s look during a show?
JG: We have time to blot her but there’s simply no time for touch ups. Therefore, the first application must be heavy.
RLB: What do you feel is a “must have" beauty product?
JG: Everyone should own BeautyBlender’s new sponge! It’s my new obsession. Not only is this hot pink sponge fun but it also really helps to smooth out the foundation for a flawless, airbrushed finish. The best part it of it all is that it comes with its own cleanser so you can reuse it!
RLB: What are your 5 favorite products you love to use on Beyonce and Solange?
JG: For Beyonce...
1. Mac lashes #35
2. Smashbox Concealer camera ready #5
3. Caudalie Beauty elixir
4. Nars Sedona powder foundation
5. Tarte Eye couture palette
1.Mac lashes #35
2. Amazing concealer in Tan
3. Clinique even better skin foundation
4. Stila Kohl liner
5.Mac lipstick impassioned
RLB: What 5 products are ALWAYS in your personal makeup kit?
JG: I always have the following -
1. La Mer translucent powder
2. Mac prep and prime
3. Nars Duo in Casino/orgasm
4. Smashbox eye shadow in oyster
5. BeautyBlender Sponge
RLB: What is your favorite new cosmetic product find this year?
JG: This year I stumbled upon a new brand called Illamasqua and totally fell in love with their products. It’s a UK based brand that is described as “makeup for your alter ego”. To achieve a truly fierce look I use their Dystopia Liquid Metal, which is an intensely metallic and highly pigmented cream that can be used on body or face.
RLB: What's your #1 beauty trick that every woman can use to look great quickly.
JG: I must say that would have to be mascara and an eyelash curler! Curling your lashes and applying a few layers of mascara really opens up your eyes, making them pop and brightening the overall complexion. It honestly makes all the difference in the world!
RLB: What’s next for you?
JG: I am looking forward to working with all my current clients, who’ve been absolutely amazing. But I am also excited to be working with some new faces as well. I have a ton of projects coming up, so sit tight and brace yourselves because I’m ready to rock. Xoxo.