Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gigi makes us giddy

Gigi1Gigi Hadid. Need I say anymore.? This gorgeous being is the epitomy of beauty. Taking after her Dutch mother in both looks and in the modelling world, no wonder so many young girls want to look and be like her. As a makeup artist  I get asked a lot to replicate her beauty look. I love that it’s fresh, beautiful and fashion forward. No massive smokey eye here! It’s all about highlighting and contouring with neutral colours. For me to replicate this look my process would be this.

For skin I would mix some Kryolan Shimmering event foundation (which is a highlighter) with a silicone based foundation like Face Atelier, Makeup Forever or Cinema Secrets. Using a silicone based foundation keeps the foundation looking dewy all day long without the need to powder, prime or the need for a concealer.

For the eyes I would use an eyeshadow primer. My favourite is Urban Decay. It doesn’t go on dry or crack on the lids. Once that has set I would then apply a satin finish eyeshadow along the colour lines of champagne, copper, goldy pinks or nude. Keep it to the mobile lid to really open up the eyes. For any contouring around the eye, keep it matte so it doesn’t look like you have a bruised eye! So using a terracotta or warm brown will really make blue/green/hazel eyes pop! If you have brown eyes I would use a grape colour like Eggplant from Ben Nye. My absolute favourite eyeshadow palettes are from Viseart! I have every one of them and cannot wait until more come out! Another favourite is the Urban Decay naked palettes. They can be sometimes too glittery, but if you use the matte viseart over the top they create a satin sheen finish which just makes my heart flutter! I have become obsessed with Stila waterproof eyeliner pencils. They are incredibly soft and waxy to use allowing you to smudge right where you need to. Work in smaller areas around the lash line so it doesn’t set too quickly.

I would line the inner eye with MAC Concealer pencils to really open it up. Finish off with your favourite mascara. Mine right now is NARS audacious! It is extremely black. It isn’t waterproof though so if you want something more long wearing I do highly recommend Max Factor false lash effect. Before your lash application has dried, apply your favourite set of false lashes. If you are keeping the look simple you could go for a double lash look which is very popular right now. Alternatively if you are keeping the look subtle you could try Cha Cha Cha from ModelRock lashes. My absolute favourite lash company to work with!

Gigi2For cheeks you aren’t wanting to contour like the Kardashians! It’s about keeping it fresh and highlighted rather than heavily outlined. NARS would have to have the best collection of blushes to use. I have so many! And do mix more than one depending on my clients skin tone. Also hourglass have a beautiful range of glowing cheek colours. Highlight the top of your cheek bone with something like MAC soft n gentle or hourglass ambient light. You could even use this through the brow bone lightly.

For lips I would keep it matte. My favourite range of matte lipsticks right now are the new range from modelrock. They are not drying at all and incredibly long lasting!

For brows run through a brow powder such as MAC or Anastasia Beverley Hills in a light feathering motion. You want to keep it as natural as possible. I’m over all those PERFECT brow shapes right now. It’s not real. Keep it real guys! Finish off with a brow gel to keep them in place.