5 Beauty Rules From Bella Hadid’s Makeup Artist

Bella Hadid seems to always look flawless.
I found this article about her makeup and her makeup artist on Harper’s Bazaar.com and I particularly love it because it echoes a lot of what I tell my audiences as I am traveling around the country for Luca Magazine, teaching my Beauty 101 class. (especially tip number 4!!) Read on and take notes!


Ashley Graham’s sexy evening eyes, Bella Hadid’s porcelain doll skin, Olivia Culpo’s insane glow–all courtesy of Vincent Oquendo.

Written by Julie Schott


You might not know makeup artist Vincent Oquendo–yet–but you have definitely seen his work. Ashley Graham’s smoky eyes, Bella Hadid’s flawless skin, and Olivia Culpo’s lit-from-within glow are all courtesy of @makeupvincent. He’s the makeup guru who It girls keep on speed dial for the beauty moments that matter most. Bella’s birthday-night beauty look? That was Vincent. “Part of my brand is healthy, glowy, shining skin. Shiny, healthy, polished,” he explains. Here, Vincent breaks down the secrets to photogenic skin, natural brows, fuller lips, and more.


I love a warm complexion. My girls never pay attention when I do their makeup, but I always go warmer with their foundation. And then the times that they’ve seen me do it when they pay attention in the mirror, they’re like, ‘Vincent, that’s too dark! What are you doing?’ Because women are always paler on their face than they are on their bodies, so when you’re doing them for a red carpet you need to go a little warmer.


I really hate when a makeup looks cakey, so this is the anti-cake. It just gives you that beautiful veil and it feels really nice on the skin. I also love the Beautyblender. One thing to remember with the Beautyblender, if you don’t wet it, then it absorbs a lot of your product because it’s a dry sponge. Example: If you’re washing your dishes at home and the sponge is all dry, and then you put dish detergent on the dry sponge, you can’t wash dishes like that because it absorbs.


If you’re getting photographed, even with sheer foundation, when the flash hits it, it’ll flatten out your forehead and you’ll look like you’re wearing too much makeup. So if you warm around the hairline it gives you the depth, because not everybody is all one color. The beauty of a face is the different tones; that’s what makes a face so interesting—all that depth, all those freckles, all those high points, all those low points.


One trend that I’d like to see go away is super overdone brows. I love to fill in sparse brows with powder. If you have serious holes, I like the Brow Wiz by Anastasia. Use that and just go in and define the brows. I like brows to stay up and look really feathered.


I’m so obsessed with Marc Jacobs Ultra-Skinny Mascara. There’s no clumps, it’s just heaven. I put this on Ashley [Graham] before and she’s gone on a plane to L.A., and she said her makeup didn’t move from this.

The Wonderfully Weird Makeup Trend Sweeping Korea

I’m absolutely obsessed with K-Beauty. 
I swear by Korean skin care. I can honestly say my skin has never ever looked better. It looks firm and smooth and it glows. 
In fact today a new order of skin care products arrived from Memebox. I order all my skin care products through them – they are so inexpensive especially when compared to Sephora’s pricing, and because they ship out of San Francisco they get here in about 3 days.

Learn how to layer your skin care Korean style 

Anyway when I opened the Vogue.com email in my inbox today there was a story about K-Beauty, which of course got my attention.

I can’t say that I will actually try this technique. Apart from the fact that I’m sure it would go hilariously wrong for me, I’m into super glowy looking skin, rather than matte. But I can imagine it going crazy on Instagram :))

The Wonderfully Weird Makeup Trick That’s Sweeping Korea

by Monica Kim for Vogue.com

image via Vogue.com

“It’s the hot tip in K-beauty right now.” This, I’m told constantly, and always take with a fat grain of salt. But at dinner in Seoul last week with a particularly plugged-in friend, I heard that a rather unorthodox trick called jamsu makeup (roughly translated to “diving” or “submerging”) had swept the city this summer, producing a perfectly matte, melt-proof face with little more than a bottle of baby powder and a basin of water. Given the thick humidity enveloping both the U.S. and Korea of late, I was at least intrigued by the wholly whimsical proposition.

It was purportedly a Japanese beauty blogger who sparked the trend on YouTube, though it quickly became a Korean sensation. The novel technique bears some similarity to “baking”—setting your makeup with powder and body heat—but feels rather next-level. First, cleanse and moisturize, then swipe on primer, foundation, and concealer, per usual. Then, shake heavy handfuls of Johnson’s Baby Powder onto your palms (though any loose powder will do) and pat it on freely, releasing clouds of it into the air until a pale kabuki-style base appears. Filling a sink with cool water, plunge your powdered complexion into the bath and hold it there for no more than 30 seconds. Finally, pat your face dry, and finish the rest of your look with a lasting, pitch-perfect canvas.

“If you have dry skin, don’t push your face in the water too long,” my friend says, adding that one might take a facial mist and spray liberally, instead. A bit reluctantly, I dunk my Ringu-esque head in the sink for some 15 seconds, feeling (frankly) ridiculous. But, I quickly find, the results are beyond. Yes, my skin is intensely matte, but also incredibly smooth and even-toned. Better yet, when shading in my arches and applying liner, there is no oil-induced glide, allowing me to craft fine, pencil-thin strokes that are the best brow-work I’ve done in ages—all thanks to a $4 tin of drugstore powder. It lasts remarkably well with no under-eye smudging and, I’m frequently told, my face looks softer and even younger—appropriately enough, like the skin on a baby’s bottom.


 Learn more about Korean skin care here and here  and here


5 Travel Makeup Tips


Are you getting ready to go on a big trip? 
I hope it’s a vacation for you, but maybe it’s business travel or maybe there is some other reason that you are boarding that flight. Regardless of why you are traveling you need to have a plan with your makeup. What to bring, what to leave behind, and how to transport it so that it arrives undamaged.
Today I’m going to tell you how I do it, with 5 Travel Makeup Tips, and 2 bonus travel beauty tips at the end.

1. Keep It Small Enough To Take Onboard  With You

Although (touch wood) my bag has never gone missing, I pack my carry on bag assuming my suitcase and I are parting ways for a few days. If I arrived at my destination with no clothes and no makeup for the first three days it would seriously ruin my trip. Last year a friend of mine was not reunited with her suitcase until 3 weeks into her 3 1/2 week trip!

With that in mind your carry on bag has to be artfully packed with just enough to get you through and not enough to weigh you down, which means your makeup bag needs to be scaled down. It’s actually quite refreshing to have just the basics with you, transferred into travel sized containers and packed into a see through makeup bag.

I buy my travel makeup and toiletry containers from The Container Store, and for years now I have traveled with my Stephanie Johnson Miami Blue medium zip cosmetic bag.

Stephanie Johnson Miami Blue collection

2. Take A Bright Pop Of Lip

You need two lip games when you travel. One is a softer, juicier gloss. Choose a color base that works with your skin tone and the wardrobe you are bringing, for example a pinky based nude, or a soft praline nude.

Your other lip game when you travel needs to be a bright pop of color. Maybe you’re a red girl, maybe you are a fuchsia (my favorite), maybe you rock a coral like no other – whatever looks the most gorgeous on you (and makes you feel like a million dollars), that’s the one you want.

A bright lip infuses your complexion with luscious life, it sets your eyes alight, and it makes you look vibrant. And let’s face it a vibrant, vivacious you is perfect for travel!
Try Nars lipstick in Schiap


3. Keep Your Story Simple  

Rather than traveling with several different makeup looks, choose one. Use a pretty base, love up your cheeks with one blush, take a brow product and one eye shadow story. You can change your look by changing your eyeliner, and you can modify everything by adding a bright lip or opting for a soft gloss.

Chanel eye shadow quad in Tisse Vendome

4. Keep Your Foundation Sheer. 

Thick foundation looks awful anytime, but worse when you’re traveling. Invest in a lightweight foundation or a BB Cream, that mimic fresh, beautiful skin and leave the heavy stuff behind.

Stila BB Cream

5. Waterproof Mascara Needs Waterproof Eye-Makeup Remover

Waterproof mascara is great for travelling, especially when you are going somewhere wet or where you will have beach/pool/water time.
The problem with waterproof mascara is that it is murder to get off. Rather than rubbing and scrubbing at your eyes, damaging the skin around them and breaking off your lashes, travel with a waterproof eye makeup remover that will dissolve and clean away the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

2 Bonus Tips

6. Pack A Facial SPF

Always travel with a free standing facial SPF. The SPF that is in your moisturizer or your foundation doesn’t actually give you much protection at all, so not only can those pesky UVB rays burn you but you can guarantee that the UVA (aging) rays are busily breaking down your skin’s elastin and collagen and fast tracking the aging process.
The SPF you use on your body is too heavy for your face and will give you breakouts.
For years now I have sworn by Neutrogena Dry Touch with Helioplex. I get the highest SPF on the shelf be it SPF 70, 85 or 100

7. Add an oil.

Airplane air, a change of climate, different water, changes in your sleep pattern and a change in your environment can all contribute to dried out, dull looking skin. Breathe some life back into your skin and give it a gorgeous, healthy glow by adding a skin oil to your skin care regimen.
My secret potion? I use Tatcha Camellia Oil when I travel. (You can even buy it in a travel size). It nourishes and hydrates my skin, but magically also has a dry finish, so it doesn’t matter if I am somewhere humid – my skin doesn’t look dehydrated. A dry oil is also fantastic because makeup goes on over it perfectly and because of the dry finish it doesn’t slip away.


Japanese luxury skin care line Tatcha is my go-to brand for travel.
I always think your skin needs extra loving when you are on the move, and for several years now Tatcha has been giving my skin the boost it needs when I’m away. (I’ve blogged about it a million times, so you probably already know this!)
Tatcha totally gets it, so they have made a huge line of 
travel sized products. Also keep an eye out for their Mother’s Day gift sets – I buy them to travel with too!