‘People Think I Had Filler, But It’s Face Tape’ says Bella Hadid. So, What Exactly Is It?

It's the 'oldest trick in the book' for achieving defined features, according to the model


by Phoebe Lee |
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Bella Hadid got candid in a recent interview with VOGUE about her experience with facial tweakments - yes, including the fact that she'd gotten a nose job (rhinoplasty) when she was 14. During the interview, there was one thing she said she'd never get: fillers. For years, Bella has long been subject to dissection of her features. Jaw Filler? 'Fox' eyes? Botox? She's been associated with them all.

'People think I fully f*cked with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy. I’m pretty sure you don’t look the same now as you did at 13, right? I have never used filler. Let’s just put an end to that. I have no issue with it, but it’s not for me,' said Bella. There's one tool that's achieving making her skin particularly taut. 'Face tape!', says Hadid. 'The oldest trick in the book.'

Face tape may well be common knowledge for supermodels, but most of us are none the wiser. So, what is face tape - and how does it mimic the effects of botox?

What is face tape, and how does it work?

It's exactly that: (often) transparent small patches of tape, used to hoist the skin upward for a tauter finish. Pulling the skin upward and holding it in place can help to define bone structure - think a more chiseled jaw and cheekbones (you can understand why one might assume Bella had her jaw, often razor sharp, shaved).

Despite a recent resurgence of Gen Z trying their hand with face tape on TikTok, the concept is nothing new: face tape has been used by drag queens and make-up artists for years. Gen Z have obviously hailed it as an 'instant facelift', and they're actually bang on the money.

It's been likened to a high ponytail for your face. For it to be completely adhesive, be sure to apply to cleansed, dry skin. It'll rid any excess oils and allow for maximum longevity. If your tape is showing slightly on the skin, colour match it with your foundation. It won't be invisible, but will sure be more seamless.

You can shop face tape - the tool that's had people speculating over Hadid's face for years - below. Perhaps not for everyday use, but a one off, maybe...?

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