While the ladies of The Bachelor house may not be getting any help when it comes to doing their hair and makeup, according to a season 20 vet, it turns out that the stars of The Bachelorette most certainly are: In fact, they have their very own makeup artist!
Meet Gina Modica, the woman making the ladies of Bachelor nation look impossibly gorge, night after night. Though Modica says her services were used sparingly at first, with the girls doing their own makeup for “regular” dates, she now handles their looks every. Single. Day.
Needless to say, that means she’s learned a thing or two over the years about how to maximize the staying power of the contestants’ makeup in any circumstance, like extreme heat (all those island getaways!), marathon make-out sessions, and tears galore.
If it’s lipstick that stays put even after smooches, Modica told Refinery 29 she tends to stick to Bésame Masterliner Pencils, ($22). “I really like Bésame’s — they stay really well and aren’t too drying,” she said. She prefers it over sticks or stains. “I’ve been really fortunate that the only makeup crisis that I’ve ever had to deal with, and I wouldn’t even call it a crisis, is people crying and kissing too much,” she told the outlet. “And when that happens I just run in and reapply the liner and fix the lips. I don’t worry about it too much,” she continued on. “It’s normal. When you’re kissing, you lose lipstick. It’s job security for me.” Touché!
When it comes to all those waterworks, Modica has a few tricks up her sleeves there too. “Luckily for me, Rachel doesn’t cry a lot, but I’ve found that water-resistant products as opposed to waterproof works best.” Modica says it’s Makeup For Ever Aqua Seal ($21) that she reaches for most: “I do mix [that] with eyeliners so they won’t move. It’s a great product to have in your kit if you have problems with a product staying put.”
For the rest of your face, the makeup guru recommends sticking to creams “and go light on the face product” to avoid makeup meltdowns in crying situations or extreme heat. “Foundations that claim to be waterproof are very drying. I use an airbrush system by TEMPTU that works great in any environment, and lasts for hours with very little touch-up” — as long as contestants don’t rub. “As long as you don’t touch your face, [it] will stay in place,” she quipped. “It’s better just to blot lightly. I never reapply powder in humidity. I just use [Kimberly Clark Scott Shop Towels] ($14) to blot and absorb the sweat.”
And the one product she avoids at all costs? Shimmery bronzer. “Everyone ends up looking orange and shiny on-camera, and it gets on your clothes and everyone else’s.”
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(h/t Refinery 29; photos via Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty)