Gigi Hadid's Makeup Artist Shares His Tips for a Flawless Complexion


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Gigi Hadid had a rock-star year in 2015. After nabbing a coveted spot on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway, landing a role as the new face of Maybelline cosmetics, and owning her curves in an eloquent body-shamer shutdown, it’s safe to say she’s on the path to an even better 2016. And while there’s no arguing that Hadid truly shines in the spotlight, we can’t help but notice the shine her perfectly dewy skin gives off too (seriously, it’s like a baby cherub’s or something).

To find out how to get our own Gigi-worthy complexion, we turned to—who else?—her makeup artist, Patrick Ta. The cosmetic guru lent some all-star advice for how to get that lit-from-within glow like Gigi’s with many products that won’t break the bank. A charitable man, he is.

To learn how to get your glow on, keep scrolling!


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You’ve heard it 1000 times: Exfoliate for smooth, glowing skin. Well, here’s 1001. Ta says the secret to Gigi-like skin is starting off with a good scrub to slough off those dry, tired skin cells and unveil a fresh canvas. We love this energizing exfoliator by Origins that’s like a cup of coffee for your face. Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser.


Prep and Prime

An illuminating primer may sound like an oxymoron, but Ta gives it his nod of approval for luminous skin and achieving that “glow from within.” After applying this pore-hiding miracle formula, Ta suggests swiping on MaybellineBB Cream ($8) for a “fresh, natural” look. Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio, Blur + Illuminate.



What is “strobe cream,” you ask? Just a flawless complexion in a bottle, that’s all. If you prefer more coverage that just a CC cream has to offer, Ta says to apply this before the foundation of your choice (preferably one without a matte or powder finish).MAC Strobe Cream.


Liquid Gold

Purchasing a bottle of Armani liquid illuminator may force us to eat ramen noodles for a week to make up for its steep price tag, but Ta says you only need one drop to execute a Gigi-esque glow. Phew. That makes us feel a bit better. Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer.


Powder Puff

Remember that talk we had earlier about the primer-highlight conundrum? The same seems applicable to powder—is it really necessary when you’re trying to achieve a dewy look? Ta actually suggests buffing on some La Mer translucent powder to set all of your makeup before applying a highlighter (more on that below). The key is dewy—not greasy and shiny. La Mer The Powder.


Pop Champagne

This highlighter—a collaboration between Becca and YouTuber Jaclyn Hill—sold out in only four hours, and we totally understand why. Ta does too, which is why he uses it on “a wide range of skin tones.” Consider this a purse must-have. Ta suggests applying it with a fan brush on the high points of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on your cupid’s bow. Finally, Ta says to set everything with MAC Prep + Prime ($22) to “allow the powder to melt into your skin to give it a more glossy, dewy finish.” Now glow on with your bad self. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Champagne Pop.