Backstage Makeup Breakdown: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009

Makeup artist Ayako working for NARS Cosmetics created a look with wispy lashes and translucent matte skin at the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2009 show.

The inspiration came from the mythical spirit of rock and roll, while the hair and makeup was created to emulate Tao Okamoto’s look, a Japanese model in Phillip Lim’s Fall 2009 collection. Fused together, Phillip wanted the makeup look to mirror Tao’s mod style with a touch of rock n’ roll. With this in mind, Ayako created a look centered around “poetic mod-rock.”

False lashes were placed on the outer half of the bottom lash line and was the central focus of the look. For an exaggerated effect, matte charcoal shadow was used with a wet eyeliner brush to draw lashes beneath, as if to create a shadow effect. “This is the poetic part of the look,” said Ayako. As a complement to the wispy lashes, shimmering pink and gold shadows covered the lids, while the lips were muted with concealer. Skin was made flawless with the newly formulated sheer matte foundation (new for Fall 2009) to counteract the sleepy look of the lengthy bottom lashes. Atop the matte skin, a gentle sweep of shimmer was added to cheekbones to catch the light.

* Apply NARS Concealer generously, to cover any imperfections
* Use a small amount of NARS Sheer Matte Foundation (new for Fall 2009) to create even, beautiful skin.
* With NARS Yachiyo Brush, dust NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bombshell from apple of cheeks up to temples for a light shimmer without pigment.

* Line lower lashes with NARS Glittler Pencil in Danceteria and smudge with finger to bring out gold shine.
* Use NARS Eye Contour Brush to layer rose gold with golden flecks side of NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Silk Road (new for Fall 2009) over Danceteria.
* Apply frosted champagne side of NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Indian Summer (new for Fall 2009) over entire lid, blending up to brow.
* Cut a set of false eyelashes in half and apply to outer half of lower lash line or try Sonia Kashuk’s Demi Lashes.
* Apply NARS Larger than Life Volumizing Mascara (new for Fall 2009) to lower lashes.
* Wet NARS Liquid Eyeliner Brush and apply matte charcoal side of NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Brumes (new for Fall 2009), drawing lash shadows on outer half of lower lash line.

* Apply a generous amount of NARS Concealer to entire lip.

Images: WWD, and NARS.

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.


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