Inspiration: Gina Rodriguez

January 13, 2015


I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I knew of Chicago-native, Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin, but I didn’t know about her real star-like ability to inspire. When I heard her speech, I cried. At that moment, my Twitter feed went wild! There was genuine happiness for the actress and when I heard the speech again yesterday while watching Access Hollywood’s recap of the Golden Globes, I cried again! I had to share what she said…just in case you missed it

“Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dreaming. To my siblings, to my sisters Evelise and Rebecca for being the biggest role models in my life. This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad, today’s going to be a great day. I can and I did.”

I have learned through the years of teaching and writing that when you have a platform and when you stand in front of others with the opportunity to say something…use it to inspire. Gina took her Golden Globes Best Actress in a Comedy Series award to the next level.

Let’s talk about her subtle, classic, elegant look too! Her Badgley Mischka strapless was perfect and I love how she kept her jewelry and makeup simple while still making a statement. I have Gina’s step-by-step makeup by Jenna Anton for you. Jenna was inspired to bring out the essence of Gina’s personality, as she describe as, “fun, flirty and comfortable in her own skin.” Gina’s skin naturally glows, so she created a warm matte sunset look for the eyes.

STEP 1: For the eyes, Jenna applied a warm matte yellow shade from the lash line to brow.

Tip: Jenna always starts off with the eyes and ends with skin.

STEP 2: Jenna lined the lash line with L’Oréal Paris The Super Slim by Infallible Eyeliner ($8.95) starting with a thin line from the inner corner of the eye and then gradually thickening it with a small wing at the end.

STEP 3: For the lashes, she applied a few individual lashes at the outer end of the eye to elongate the lashes, then applied L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara ($8.99).

STEP 4: Jenna used a combination of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeshadow Crayon in Enduring Rose and Everlasting Gold ($7.99) and blended in the inner corner of the eyes.

STEP 5: She went for a full and fluffy fresh brow using L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper ($7.99).

Tip: Use a color that is lighter than your natural hair so the brows won’t be so dark.

STEP 6: Jenna used a combination of L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Pore Vanisher and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur to prep Gina’s skin for a smooth finish.

STEP 7: She then applied L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush ($12.99) on the apple of her cheeks and layered on L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush ($10.95) over the crème blush.

Tip: When applying blush create a backwards ‘C’ starting from the ear and moving towards the apple of the cheek and back.

STEP 8: Jenna used L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor Permanent Blush  ($12.99) on the lips.

STEP 9: To keep Gina’s look on all night, Jenna sprayed L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($16.99).


Here at home, we can’t wait to start watching more of Gina and of course, Jane the Virgin! Will you?

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  • Reply Caro January 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    After her win I watched the trailer of the show and it looks like a fun show to watch. Will keep an eye out for it in tv.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty January 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      We have it ready on the DVR, Caro! Can’t wait to start watching! Saludos! xoxo

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