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

Updated 08/04/19
Gigi Hadid
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Gigi Hadid has had a rock-star 2016. In addition to her Maybelline contract, she's inked a sweet collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, walked countless high-fashion runways, and scored her first American Vogue cover. Suffice to say, she's a total It girl. And while there's no arguing that Hadid truly shines in the spotlight, we can't help but take notice of the shine her perfectly dewy skin gives off, too (seriously, it's like a 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.

Keep scrolling to learn how to get your glow on!

Exfoliate

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser $20
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You've heard it 1000 times: Exfoliate for smooth, glowing skin. 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.

Prep and Prime

Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio, Blur + Illuminate $10

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 Maybelline BB Cream ($8) for a "fresh, natural" look.

Strobe

MAC Strobe Cream $33
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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).

Liquid Gold

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer $62
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Purchasing a bottle of Armani Fluid Sheer 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.

Powder Puff

La Mer The Powder $44
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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.

Pop Champagne

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Champagne Pop $38
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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.

This post was originally published in January 2016.

What's your favorite celebrity trademark look? Are you a fan of Gigi's glow? Tell us in the comments!

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