"Before modeling, I had no idea about makeup, didn't know what contouring was. I didn't even own a concealer. When I turned 18, I started working with Dior, so I really had to restart. I was so nervous to meet Peter [Philips] for the first time, because he's very 'Peter Philips'. [Laughs] Now he's just my cute, ol' Peter! It was on a French Vogue shoot with Mario Sorrenti, and Peter painted my face with Picasso-inspired, extreme makeup. It ended up being so amazing. From then on, we've just had such a great bond. I trust him with my face more than anybody in the world.
The thing I love about makeup is its ability to enhance your natural features. Makeup can make you feel so much better—it's always a one-up for me. Obviously beauty does come from the inside out, but that confidence also starts with how you feel when you walk out the door.
Peter has taught me a lot about seriously contouring and blending. It's important to make sure everything is blended and nothing is stuck or clumpy. I like to be as fresh as I can be, but I think good makeup really starts with a solid base. You don't want to put too much on, just where you need it. I love skin to be glowing and blushing—healthy looking skin. If you start there, your makeup look can be pretty bomb, regardless.
One thing Peter is always saying is to apply my mascara from roots to tips. It'll make your mascara hold. If you put a lot of mascara on, it really makes everything elongated from the inner corners to the outside. When it comes to lips, I'm very grab and go. Perfect lips with liner are really beautiful, but I love a stain because if you put one coat on it's super light, and it doesn't look like you have too much on your face. I love the Dior Addict Lip Glow and the Dior Lip Maximizer. And I always end up having a taupe-y, gold eye. I love a cat-eye, but my favorite makeup look I've ever worn was probably from the Fendi show with the blue hair. It was an elongated liner that really looked like a cat's eye, and a little bit of highlighter in the center of the eyelid. It was so cool. It was intense, for sure, but I'd always love to go back to that look.
When I'm not working, I literally am not wearing any makeup. The most I put on is a little mascara, which can't hurt anybody. [Laughs] I don't do anything too crazy on myself, but other people have really tried looks on me. I mean, they really go in."
Bella Hadid photographed by Tom Newton on March 14, 2018.