Think matte, nude lipstick is meh? Look no further than Gigi Hadid, who proves a natural-hue can be as sexy as peekaboo lingerie. But before you roll your eyes (*sure* what doesn't look great on her?), take note: creating a plump, voluptuous neutral lip is all in the technique. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo—the master who created the killer look on Gigi above—shows how you can *really* replicate her plush pout.More
On parched lips, matte lip color looks like a hot mess. "It sticks to dry areas, and since matte textures absorb light, the patches end up looking darker than the rest of your lips," says Oquendo. Um, not exactly the way you're looking to stand out. Get rid of flakes using his method: apply lip balm to soften lips and then gently run a baby wipe over them.
"Gigi's lips have beautiful, natural definition," says Oquendo. To mimic that, use a liner on your lip line, like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Liner in Toast. (If you have thin lips, amp them up by drawing right outside of the cupid's bow.) Then shade in from the edges of your mouth to the center, leaving the middle of your mouth bare. "I'll do that on Gigi, so if she eats or drinks, she'll still have something on her lips; lip liners tend to stay put longer than lipsticks," explains Oquendo. The shading also makes the edges of your mouth visually recede, helping you fake plumpness.