Leave it to Gigi Hadid to give all her fans a very special birthday present on her own special day. Yep, yesterday was the model's golden birthday (she's officially 23!), and in celebration, celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons gave Hadid the most logical, lust-worthy beauty look we've seen in a while: glittering, borderline blindingly gilded lids to play off the "golden" theme of her birthday. (The model also wore a stunning Versace dress in the same exact hue.)
So what was it exactly Hadid's fans were gifted with? Well, in addition to blessing us with this Friday night's makeup inspiration and a solid five minutes of eye candy via our Instagram feed, Parsons also divulged the exact eye makeup products she used on Hadid's lids. Even better, the two most important MVPs can be found at your local drugstore for under $5 each. In other words, get yourself to Target ASAP to pick up the ultimate party favors: Maybelline's Expertwear Monos Eyeshadow in 90S Gold School ($3) and any basic crafts store–level glitter in a chunky, eye-catching gold hue. Keep scrolling for Parsons's exact application instructions.
"Using Maybelline's Expertwear Monos Eyeshadow in 90S Gold School, apply it wet over the lid and inner corner. Next apply gold craft store glitter (yep, cheeeap!) over a clear glitter glue where you put the eyeshadow," instructed Parsons in one of her two Instagram posts showcasing the look. "Dab on with the fingertip for a full-coverage gleam! Finally, add one gold hexagon pailette to the inner corners for a blinding reflection!"
So simple, right? Inspired, we not only rounded up the exact Maybelline eye shadow Parsons used and a few of our favorite gold glitters but also performed a site-wide deep dive to recall a few of Hadid's other favorite makeup products.
Keep reading for everything you'll need to channel your inner Hadid and create the model's stunning gilded birthday look on your own (regardless of when yours is).
We've already sung its praises above—this is the exact budget-friendly shade Parsons used on Hadid. Just make sure to follow her professional lead and to apply it wet for a maximum color payoff.
If you're in the mood to splurge for your golden glitter of choice and want something a little more elevated than craft store glitter, Byrdie HQ is obsessed with Lemonhead.LA. The formulations are ultra-thick, full-coverage, easy to apply, and don't budge until you want them to. Plus, they're vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free to boot.
Or for a fraction of the price, you could go with this ethereal formula from Nyx, which still stays in place and delivers a mesmerizing gold finish. You could even go all-out and dust some along your decolletage. (No pressure.)
In the same interview, she said she uses this buffing brush from Tarte to work the foundation into her face for a seamless finish. "The two work really nicely together," she says.
We're not exactly sure which eyeliner Parsons used on Hadid, but that epic cat eye has "felt-tip eyeliner" written all over it. Therefore, we can't help but surmise that it might be Hadid's own collaboration with Maybelline? Plus, it's one of Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue's favorites.
For her supermodel-esque glow, Hadid has also stated she loves this dual-action palette from Charlotte Tilbury.
And there you have it! The bare necessities to create the ultimate birthday beauty look courtesy of Gigi Hadid.