December 7, 2015 Angela Melero Looks

Gigi Hadid's Makeup Artist Dishes on His Techniques

These days, you can’t flip through a magazine, turn on the television or check your newsfeed without seeing or hearing something about supermodel Gigi Hadid. It seems overnight the blond beauty went from the occasional reality star to mega model (and Maybelline spokeswoman), and we have to admit, we are HUGE fans. Her dewy skin, flushed cheeks and always perfect hair looks like she literally woke up that way. Take a page from Gigi’s book and get tips on how to mirror her flawless face from the man who’s actually worked on it: makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.

Gigi Hadid's Makeup Artist Spill Her Makeup Tips

Tip #1: Barely-There Makeup is Key

Keeping a fresh-faced, natural complexion is top-of-mind when working on the California-born model. “I always take into consideration the total look,” explains Oquendo. “(I think about) how to make a statement without making her look like she is wearing too much makeup. It is important to me that every time I create a look for Gigi that it looks youthful and aspirational.” To achieve this look, make sure you keep your face dewy and radiant and enlist in the power of an illuminating foundation, as opposed to a matte one (we love Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy & Smooth Foundation). Try one of these fresh-faced makeup tutorials to channel your inner Gigi:

Tip #2: Go With Earth Tones

Keeping with the subtle and natural theme, Oquendo says he sticks to neutral shades when working on Gigi’s mug. “I love to use warm taupes and matte neutral browns on Gigi,” he explains. Just because they’re earthy, doesn’t mean the tones are basic! Grab one of the shadows below to mimic her look:  

Product Recommendations: Maybelline The Nudes Palette in The Nudes, Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Tough as Taupe, Maybelline Expertwear Eye Shadow Quads in Natural Smokes

Tip #3: Prep, Prep, Prep

For perfect, pristine makeup application, Oquendo says the secret sauce is in the skin care. “Whenever I work on Gigi, we always make time to prep the skin to create that Gigi glow,” he says. Moisturizer, SPF and primer should be at the top of your face-prepping checklist! Click here to get more tips on how to prep like a pro.

Tip #4: Be Adventurous

Last but not least, always remember that makeup and beauty should be fun. Don’t be afraid to switch things up and try a daring new look that expands past your comfort zone. Gigi would. “(Gigi) is adventurous with beauty looks, and she has a beautiful and infectious energy,” says Oquendo. Get inspired with the bold (and on-trend) makeup tutorials below!

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