Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Nicole Miller Fall 2009 at NY Fashion Week

At the Nicole Miller Fall 2009 show last Friday, MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos created a sophisticated classic smoky eye in rich hues of blue with nude lips.

* Pearl Cream Color Base blended down the bridge of the nose to highlight
* Taupe Blush contouring the cheekbones
* Tahitian Sand Beauty Powder brushed onto cheeks for a warm glow

* Omega Eyeshadow brushed into the base of the brow to slightly strengthen brow shape
* Marine Blue Ultra Paint Stick applied to eyelids and up through the crease of the eyes as a base
* Freshwater Eyeshadow washed over the lids and along the lower lash line, extending slightly past the outer corners of the eyes
* Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow layered over the paint stick in the crease of the lids, inner and outer corners of the eyes
* Pearl Cream Color Base touched onto inner corners of the eyes for a highlight
* Dazzlelash Mascara applied to top lashes

* Lilicent Blushcreme applied to the center of the lips and brushed out for a soft diffused edge.

Image credits: MAC, and New York Magazine.

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 love the lip color too Jac!

    To be honest, there are no specific rules as to what you can use on your face. Sometimes, makeup artists use lip gloss on the eyes and lipstick on the cheeks as a blush. As long as the product is safe to use on the area, everything goes.

  2. Oh, I actually got Lilicent to put on the lips, too before I saw this :):) The Asian girl looks so stunning tho.

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