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Palestinian Makeup Artist Nadia Tayeh Reveals the Secret Trick Behind Bella Hadid’s Razor Sharp Smoky Eye From Cannes


After taking the 2021 Cannes Film Festival by storm in Schiaparelli couture and vintage Jean Paul Gaultier, Bella Hadid returned to the red carpet this year for another show-stopping moment. Since the part-Palestinian model quickly became one of the most looked-out-for at the event, it meant that her latest look had to be just as special as her previous ones. And so, Hadid attended the premiere of The Innocent last night wearing a black vintage Versace gown, which paired with an equally dramatic beauty look, set the internet buzzing.


The talent behind her glam? Fellow Palestinian makeup artist Nadia Tayeh, who has come to share a long working relationship with Hadid after doing her makeup during fashion weeks. This time, Tayeh worked with the model at Cannes and helped her channel the iconic Sophia Loren with her makeup. “We wanted to create an eye look that was bold but still felt classic, since she was wearing vintage Versace,” Tayeh shared with Vogue Arabia. “The eyes were definitely the highlight of her look,” she says of the bold eyeliner seamlessly faded onto her eyelid. To achieve this effect, the Brooklyn-based artist revealed that she used Inglot’s black gel eyeliner, a #266 Mac Cosmetics angle brush to define the wing, and a #217 blending brush to quickly blend the liner before it set. Tayeh’s number one tip to achieving a polished and clean result is to keep “a steady hand while also stepping away to ensure both liners are even, instead of focusing closely on just one eye.”


The rest of Hadid’s look was kept minimal yet radiant, with bronzer to chisel her cheekbones and jawline, a hint of blush, highlighter applied to all the high points of her face, and matte nude lipstick. Another remarkable element of her look for the evening was the hair, styled by Evanie Frausto. Although it was Hadid’s signature fierce updo elevated with a braided bun, it came with a statement of its own via a loose strand of hair across her forehead.

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