Gigi Hadid just shared an ingenious lip plumping makeup trick

Kate Pasola
·4 min read
Photo credit: instagram
Photo credit: instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Our glowing angel Gigi Hadid has been pretty quiet throughout this lockdown era, especially following the announcement that she's pregnant with her first child - and, TBQH, I've missed her.

Sister Bella has, until now, been leading after she cut her own fringe last month (joining Alexa Chung and so. many. others. in the DIY hair job crew).

But Gigi made her comeback last night via an Instagram live with Maybelline global MUA Erin Parsons. The pair carried out a natural-glam makeup tutorial, bringing together elements of looks the pair have worked on together in the past.

Throughout the tutorial, Gigi dropped some absolutely golden skincare and make-up tips of her own, giving an insight into how she achieves her pillowy, glowing complexion and full lips (did you know she's evangelical about putting foundation on her ears?)

Towards the end of the live, as she begins the lip part of her beat, Gigi talks her MUA through one of her own go-to hacks for fuller-looking, pillowy lips.

The trick in a nutshell? Use two different lip liners.

Here's the whole lip tutorial:

  1. After using this lip balm, she outlines the whole lip area with a pale, your-lips-but-better shade, to add general definition and fullness.

  2. She then blots out the liner by rubbing together her lips, creating an optical illusion by blurring the actual outline of her lip area.

  3. Next, she takes a mauve liner and contours her lips from the outer corners down to the centre of her lower lip. Crucially, she leaves a small empty space in the centre, creating a highlight which allows the centre of her lips to look fuller.

  4. She then blots the entire line once more with a finger

Note: this trick translates gorgeously onto Zoom calls because the forgiving lenses and bright lights blur the outlines of our features.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Gigi uses Maybelline's Colourshow liners in shades Nude Whisper and Magnetic Mauve, but to properly emulate this look for yourself, it's best to pick a shade closely matched to your natural own lip colour for Step 1, and then around 2 shades darker (and with matching undertones) for the contour.

You can see the trick in full from 1 hour 4 minutes into the epic live, below.

This trick is so perfect because even without the completion of a lipstick or gloss it creates dimension in the lip area. It's the ultimate no makeup makeup.

Gigi, however, finishes look with a lipstick - specifically this one:

She nailed the look, but it's no wonder - from certain anecdotes she drops on the live, it sounds like she's no stranger to taking to her own face. At one point, Gigi even discusses a (frankly terrifying) challenge she and her MUA Parsons sometimes carry out while on set for shoots:

“When you’re on set for that long, you come up with ways to make things fun and different. We do a little challenge or add to our day...She’ll do one eye or one side of my face, and then I copy her on the other side and see if I can pull it off.”

That's one trusting makeup-artist.

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