By Tahira Herold
In the 3 years since Bella Hadid became a professional model, the stunning 20 year-old has become household name. Signed to IMG Models in 2014, Bella was catapulted into the public eye after her first catwalk show for Desigual that Autumn. This was quickly followed by walking for prestigious American designers like Tom Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger. Since then, Bella has appeared on catwalks for major fashion houses like Dior and Chanel.
Bella was born in LA in 1996 to Dutch/American Model Mum, Yolanda Foster and Palestinian/American Father Mohamed Hadid. Bella and her siblings (Gigi her sister is an equally beautiful model) had a privileged childhood, growing up on a ranch in California. Bella has been riding horses since the age of 3 and competed regularly in her young life – she even had hopes of qualifying for the American Olympic team in 2016, but sadly had to stop due to contracting Lyme disease.
Bella has openly discussed her politics and is proud of her Muslim Heritage. While we’re not too happy with her love of wearing fur and total lack of support for any kind of ethical or sustainable fashion, at least she has donated to Johny Dar’s Jeans for Refugees Project which raises money for the International Rescue Committee. But come on, girl – up your game! It would be so wonderful if such a well known model could do more to act as a role model in terms of sustainability for the planet, am I right?
Anyhow…Bella’s beautiful greenish blue, almond shaped eyes, aquiline features and perfect pout make her one of the most sought after models of the moment (whether or not her looks have been boosted by surgery is another question, but the fact remains – she is gorgeous!)
Want to get a Bella Hadid makeup look using a few of her own tips and natural products only? Read on…! Though, like all of us, Bella has many makeup styles she uses regularly, we chose her classic evening look to describe here: flicked cat eyes, subtle blush, and pouty lips.
1. Moisturise and Prime Skin
After washing, gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel and tone. Moisturize with a rich face oil like the RMS Beauty Oil, massaging upwards from your jawline and outwards from your nose. This increases blood circulation and clears puffiness and congestion, plumping your skin naturally. Leave a moment to absorb, then prime the skin for a lasting makeup with Inika Primer with Hyaluronic Acid (I use this under make up on my clients all the time) which plumps the skin and creates a smooth base for foundation.
One of the keys to Bella’s elegant look is a flawless finish. ‘For a flawless, pro-like finish, I swear by buffing your foundation into your skin using a beauty blender,’ Bella enthuses. To achieve this look, apply a full coverage foundation to the whole face using a buffing brush like the amazing RMS Skin2skin Foundation Brush or a sponge like the Barely Definer, patting over areas that need more coverage and blending well into the neck. To get a beautiful soft matte finish try Vapour Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. I love this and use it all the time on models for a soft flattering glow, because it provides good coverage without looking heavy, and the natural oils make the foundation melt into the skin. If you prefer a liquid formula, try Juice Beauty Serum Foundation, which also offers good coverage with a natural radiance and skin nutrition at the same time.
Sometimes Bella has dark circles under her eyes – ever noticed that? To get rid of them, blend out imperfections and dark circles with concealer: Try Ilia Fade into You or Jane Iredale Circle Delete Concealer and Set the whole look with Inika Mattifying Powder . For a Professional Finish, apply your powder with a firm brush or press in with a washable powder puff. Try Cinema Secrets Puff or the RMS Kabuki Polisher.
The dramatic, long winged eyeliner is key to the evening look above. Bella says: “For an amped up look, I add a feline flick in black or brown liner. To make a statement, I add a pop of colour. My favourite shade is cobalt blue – it’s fun, but still wearable.”
To create the bold graphic shape: Extend your wing tip far beyond the corner of the eye, and making an extra large wing gently sloping upwards, keeping the inner corner of the liner ( close to the tear duct ) very fine.
Makeup Artist trick: Winged eyeliner is hard enough! Make your life easier by sitting down to apply your liner and leaning your elbows on a table top for stability. Keep plenty of Cotton Swabs t0 hand, with a bit of eye-makeup remover for any corrections you need. Even we pros make mistakes! For a nice, solid black line without any nasty chemicals, try Lisa Noto Eyeliner or PHB Ethical Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
‘I always curl my lashes – it makes all the difference!‘ says Bella. If you have shorter lashes, you may want to apply some Fake Eyelashes , either full strip or individuals. Curl your lashes and then apply LOTS of black mascara (seriously, go for 3 coats if you have to!) We love RMS Beauty Volumizing Mascara or Hynt Beauty Nocturne. Concentrate the application on the outer corners of the eyes, to extent the cat’s eye shape.
Bella’s blusher usually exemplifies Anti-Contouring look, just beautiful even skin with a hint of colour under the cheekbones blending upwards. For fairer skin tones use a pale dusty rose like Green People’s Mineral Blush in Rose. Medium to darker skin tones can try a warmer color like PHB PHB Ethical Beauty Peony.
Bella keeps her lips elegant and lined to show off her lovely cupid’s bow. Try a pinkish to nude lip pencil like Lily Lolo Soft Nude or Inika Buff Lip Pencil and blend the edge with a lip brush or a cotton bud to soften the line.
Fill in Lips with a Nude lipstick like Lippy Girl Ski Bunny, or Juice Beauty Lip crayon in Nude Beige , and dab some shimmery gloss in the center bottom of the lip like Afterglow Aerial, or my favorite: Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss in White Rabbit.
One last swipe of finishing powder and Voilà , you are ready to be the Bella of the Ball!
Images of Bella: Main: Instagram 1.& 2. Messika 3-6. Instagram. Other images provided by brands. Interview quotes from Glamour magazine.