For Gigi Hadid, newly-minted motherhood means a chance to double down on all things fun. The proof came courtesy of her 26th birthday beauty look, which she shared this morning in a trio of self-facing captures showcasing a parade of playful detailing. First, two sections of the model’s glossy lengths—slowly shifting from her brush with bright ginger back to her trademark bronde—were given form through a series of baby bands (the work of hairstylist Laura Polko), the would-be plaits framing her face in something of a Y2K callback.
Friend and makeup artist Patrick Ta ramped up Hadid’s amply lined lip with a gaze-encasing wash of blush, feathery brows, shimmering shadow, and a super-sharp cat-eye for a bit of edgy punctuation. And in keeping with the moment’s spirited nature, artistry by Mei Kawajiri featured a multi-tonal French manicure, claws filed to a point and painted in two-toned hues reminiscent of a tropical vacation. Happy birthday, Gigi! We’ll be celebrating by filing away each of these whimsical approaches for future re-creation.