Paris Fashion Week: Spring 2009 Haute Couture Makeup Breakdown

Here are some of the latest looks from the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2009. Is it me or are the Christian Dior and JPG looks very similar to those from the Fall 2008 Haute Couture fashion shows?

Christian Dior
Similar to what we saw at the Fall 2008 show, this look is all about bright solid colors smeared around the eyes and winged black eyeliner – but with a kick. A solid black line was added on the outer corner of the lower eye, the lips are no longer muted but painted with a bright red and the brow bone, bridge of the nose, chin, cheekbones and cupid’s bow are all highlighted with a super frosty silver color. One word – fierce!

Christian Lacriox
I am liking this look *so* much more than the one from last season! To recreate the eyes, you need a shimmery golden beige eyeshadow on the eyelid and inner corners with a rich bronze on the crease, heavy black liquid eyeliner winged all the way out on the top and halfway at the bottom. For the lips, just slick on a glossy lip balm or a rosy lipstick for a bit more color.

Jean Paul Gaultier
JPG’s doing crazy graphic eyeliner again this season but this time, it extends to the bottom. The trick is to draw the line on with a pencil before going over it with a black liquid liner/gel liner for maximum staying power. With super dramatic eyes like this, remember to keep the rest of your face as simple as possible.

This is definitely my favorite look! The Valentino models strutted in an elegant collection of dresses and suits with tied back hair, nude lips and heavy metallic eyes in silver, burgundy, emerald green, olive and navy. Totally hot!

To copy the eyes we see here, use a super metallic color on the eyelid (MAC’s pigments are great for this!) and blend a darker color on the crease in an outward motion for a cat eye look. Rim the upper and lower lash lines with a black pencil, highlight the brow bone with a shimmery shade and apply several coats of mascara to complete the look. Since the focus is on the eyes, keep the rest of your face polished with minimal blush and a nude gloss on the lips.

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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. I like the Valentino too, it’s the most practical/wearable for normal ppl 😉 Could you please do a face of the day? I love those!

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