FOTD: Hilary Duff in Maxim January 2009 Special Edition Inspired Makeup Look

Gracing the cover of Maxim’s January 2009 Young Hot Hollywood Special Edition issue, actress/singer Hilary Duff is looking *ferosh*! So here is me doing a FOTD that is inspired by her look.

What I Used

* Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup in 10 Limpide
* Anastasia Highlighting Brow Kit to fill in eyebrows
* MAC Gingersoft eyeshadow on center of the eyelid and under the brow bone
* MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow on crease and outer corner
* Benefit Bad Gal Liquid Liner in Black along upper lash line
* Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Black on lower water line
* MAC Violet Pigment on lower lash line
* Ipum False Eyelashes on top
* Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Extreme Black on bottom lashes
* MAC Shooting Star MSF to contour cheekbones lightly
* MAC New Vegas MSF to highlight the bridge of nose
* MAC Marquise D’ Lipstick

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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. OMG,you look super pretty.JUst wonder how is your new website going so far?And what is a gunmetal eyeshadow that you recommend?Thanks a lot ^^.YOu’re gorgeous !

  2. beautiful as ever, Phyllis! i was wondering if youre wearing a circle lens contact, and if so, which one? the color looks natural but standout-ish!

  3. I love this look! It’s so much nicer on you than Miss Duff with your dark hair ; ) I never thought about pairing bright purple with nude. I will definitely have to try it.

  4. Great look!
    What contacts are you wearing? They look really nice 😀 Satin Taupe looks way nicer on you than on me… I looked I got punched in the eye when I wear it :(

  5. Thanks ladies =)

    I’m wearing Geo Tri-Color contacts in Brown. They are just like Freshlook’s Colorblends and not circle lenses.

  6. Hi Phyllis,

    can you tell us the makeup tools and brushes that you used to achieve the look? Is it better to apply foundation with a brush or sponge or by fingers? Do we need different brushes to apply eyeshadows? Thanks.

  7. u are so damned pretty…why in the hell aren’t you doing face prints!Asian women in the spotlight are so fugly these days or should i say, most of the time!!

  8. wow!! love this look!! you look so amazing in all your FOTDs.
    btw, chanel pro lumiere #10 limpide? weren’t you a MAC NC30 before?
    your skin must have lightened during the colder season.

  9. Lovely,

    When it comes to eyeshadow application, unless you are just doing a wash, I highly recommend using a brush. Not only does it help to blend everything evenly, it gives you more precision.

    For this FOTD, I used:

    * MAC #239 Eye Shading Brush to apply the Gingersoft eyeshadow
    * MAC #219 Pencil Brush to apply the Satin Taupe eyeshadow onto the crease and blended it with MAC #217 Blending Brush
    * Small eyeshadow brush by Sonia Kashuk to apply the Violet pigment under the eye

    You can check out the following entries on reviews of some of my eye makeup brushes:

    As for foundation and concealer, I use both a brush and my fingers. Please refer to this entry for more details:

  10. Bec,

    Yes I use #10 Limpide for the Pro Lumiere. I’m normally a #20 Clair for Chanel foundations but the Pro Lumiere runs slightly darker.

  11. u look stunning. i am trying this look tomorrow night :) do you think i should wet the purple eyeshadow before applying it?

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