Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 at Milan Fashion Week

Celeb makeup artist Beau Nelson was right – the ’80s are back! For his A/W 2009 collection, Giorgio Armani created a beautiful collection of 80s-inspired chunky knit cardigans, fitted jackets, tight leggings, pencil skirts, cocktail dresses and more in greys and blacks. And to go with the retro theme, models strutted around in a super tight updo with a bun on one side, strong, purple smoky eyes and fire-engine red lips. Hot!

To go with the dramatic eyes and lips, the face was kept super polished with just the right amount of contouring on the cheekbones.

To create a “cinematography feel”, makeup artist Linda Cantello did a “heavy-lidded” look. She used a dark purple shade on the crease (try Giorgio Armani Eyeshadow in #5 or MAC Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle), extended it outwards and rimmed the eyes with black eyeliner. The eyebrows were kept soft and almost blurred out and mascara was applied only on the top lashes.

The lips are definitely the focus to this look. Cantello painted a new shade of red from the Giorgio Armani cosmetics line onto models’ lips to create a super defined, velvety lip. The lipstick will come out this fall and “it is made with a new pigment so it is a true red”, said Cantello. In the meantime, try MAC Russian Red Lipstick.

Check out my Giorgio Armani A/W 2009 Inspired Trampy FOTD!

Images: WWD, and Courtorture.

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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