How To: Create The Hollywood Glamour Look

Finally got to check out Dita Von Teese’s new book, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese, and all I can say is WOW! Read on to find out how you can nail the old school Hollywood glamour look.

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Christina Aguilera and Dita Von Teese

Glamour Girls Must-haves

* False eyelashes. Long, lush lashes are the key to the come-hither sex kitten look. Try Ardell and MAC for different lengths and styles.

* Red lipstick and liner. Even Dita herself stressed the importance of this in her book.

* Flawless matte skin. It does not matter if you are a porcelain princess like Dita or a bronze goddess like Christina, just make sure your skin is polished and matte. Powder your entire face especially the t-zone with a velour puff and keep shimmer to a minimum.

* Black liquid liner winged on the outer corners. Enough said.

* Perfect eyebrows with a high arch. Be it bushy or thin, defined eyebrows are crucial to pull the look together.

* An oh-I’m-sexy attitude.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hi! I love your blog and you are so talented! I love the eyeliner in the Hollywood Glamour look. I’m learning how to tightline…The liquid liner I use is ALMAY, and it comes in a little bottle with a spongy tip. It took me a while to do it because lining under my lashes then above my lashes left a gap. I had to wiggle the tip around my lashes. Do you think I’m better off just using cake liner?

  2. hi! i’m new here.. i just want to ask.. what shade of blush would go with the red lips? a pink or a peach-toned one? :)

  3. I have a question that is completely unrelated to this post, but have you ever heard of the makeup brand “Bare Minerals?”

    If so, what do you think of it?

  4. Ava, I personally would go with peachy blush but I think it all depends on your natural skintone and the color of your blush. If you want to use pink, that’s perfectly fine. Just make sure the color is not too bright or else it would clash with the red lips.

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