Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Hervé Léger Fall 2009

At Hervé Léger Fall 2009, lead artist Diane Kendal working for NARS Cosmeticscreated a look with strong brow and dewy skin.

Hervé Léger Fall 2009 backstage beauty

Diane got her inspiration from Helmut Newton photographs, using the concept of a brave warrior – strong and fierce. “The collection is very hard and sculpted so we wanted to keep the skin neutral and show strength through the eyebrows,” said Diane.

Hervé Léger Fall 2009 makeup face chart

* Moisturize the skin with NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream
* Apply Concealer as needed, to cover any imperfections
* Use a minimal amount of Sheer Glow Foundation which will be available in Fall 2009 to even skin tone

* Brush brows to define natural shape and fill them in with Single Eyeshadow in Bali
* Brush again for an even, natural look
* Apply a gentle dusting of Single Eyeshadow in Sophia to the entire lid, blending up towards brows for natural shading
* Curl lashes with Eyelash Curler

* Apply Lip Therapy Treatment in Rain to entire lip
* Use Concealer over Rain to mute color

Images: Courtesy of NARS and NYMag.

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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