Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Rodarte Fall 2009 at NY Fashion Week

To go with the organic look Kate and Laura Mulleavy designed for the Rodarte Fall 2009 collection, MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos did a stone face. “The idea behind it is sculpture – to deconstruct and reconstruct the face in an abstract way emphasizing each part.” said Kaliardos.

Contoured makeup look at Rodarte Fall 2009 at NY Fashion Week

* Pure White Paint Stick blended into skin for a pale white base under the eyes and wrapped up toward the temples in a “c” shape .
* Frozen White Pigment blended over Paint Stick for a satin frost .
* Warm Light Sculpting Powder brushed from under the cheek bone up to the temples in at sharp angle for severe contouring.

* Scene Eyeshadow placed in a thick line in the crease and tapered toward the outer portion of the eye.
* Warm Light Sculpting Powder diffused from inner corners of the crease of the eye lids and pulled out in a linear shape straight toward the temples to the hairline.
* Frozen White Pigment placed precisely in the inner corners of the eyes.

* Dark Brown Cream Color Base, Polished Ivory, Pure White and Black Black Paint Sticks blended together to create a stone gray/brown lip.
* Frozen White Pigment to highlight the bow of the lips.

Images: and MAC Cosmetics.

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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