Tools of the Trade With Jackie Gomez
Jackie Gomez has worked on some of the most gorgeous faces on the red carpet and the catwalk, including Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Zoe Saldaña, Candice Swanepoel and Marisa Miller. The makeup artist recently showed us her well-stocked travel kit, and shared her background and must-have favorites while we were admiring her beauty stash.
Born in Mexico to Colombian parents, I spent my childhood traveling from Mexico to South America and finally to New York, where I spent my teenage years. But it was during my more formative years in Colombia that I cultivated a pride for my Latina culture and an appreciation for exotic beauty.
Once in New York, I spent my early days in the beauty industry studying the trade and relentlessly knocking on the doors of music labels to offer my services as a makeup artist. I finally began my professional career fortuitously when an executive at Sony Records spotted one of my looks on the cover of a demo CD. Even in this earliest raw form, I prided myself in showing an impeccable technique and unique point of view. I later refined my skills as a makeup assistant and then moved on as a makeup artist for Sephora and Korres Natural Products. Today I continue to craft the fearlessly sophisticated and flawless aesthetic that has become my trademark look.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse: This sunless tanner is super easy to use and gives you a beautiful instant tan with perfectly even color no matter what complexion you have. The best part? It smells amazing and it drys in only 60 seconds.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream: It’s a staple in my kit for hydrating my clients’s skin. I love it because its gel-cream formula is super light and refreshing.
BeautyBlender Sponge: Because of its egglike shape, this sponge fits the natural contours of your face, making this my go-to sponge for a natural airbrushed finish.
Motives Pressed Blush: This range of blushes is super blendable and looks beautiful on any skin tone.
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick: I love this lipstick line because the formula is long-lasting, the colors are gorgeous and it feels hydrating.
Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color: Vapour Organic Beauty is one of my favorite brands because aside from having amazing colors and textures, the makeup is infused with botanicals and good-for-your-skin ingredients. This range of cream shadows is great for a pop of color on eyes.
Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen: This eyeliner is a must-have. It’s my go-to for the perfect cat eye because it has a precise tip that allows the application to be steady and easy.
Ardell Fashion Lashes in Wispies: Ardell’s faux lashes are what I use to give my clients flirty eyes. These are great to finish off a glam look. They really open eyes and make them look fabulous!
Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler: This is my go-to curler to lift the lashes and open the eyes.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara: This mascara is great because of its no-clump formula. No matter how many coats you add to your lashes, they’ll still look defined and amplified for that false-lash effect.
Photo: Courtesy of Jackie Gomez